I have this one little question about table manners and I've searched all over the internet, but I can't find the answer. It's really been driving me nuts. It's a really minor point, but it's just been nagging me. So here it goes. In the European, or Continental, way of eating (as opposed to American), you keep the fork always in your left hand. You cut your food and then spear it with the fork still in the left hand. You can also push food onto the back of your fork with your knife and eat it like that. Even though I'm American, I've always eaten more or less like that, except that some foods are nearly impossible to push onto the back of your fork and are un-spearable, too. They are too small and just slip right off. Rice and peas come to mind as particularly difficult. I had always eaten what food I could by pushing it to the back of my fork and then switching hands to scoop up the more suborn bits. But my girlfriend does things a little bit differently (she's Norwegian, if that matters). She doesn't push things onto the back of her fork, but turns it around, while keeping it in her left hand, and pushes it onto the other side. I'm curious as to what is the "proper" way to eat European/Continental style. Should you ever switch hands? Can you flip the fork around? I know it's not really a big deal, I'm not even sure I'll follow the "proper" way once I know what it is, I'm just really curious.