I went to the Peking Chef, and asked politely whether my children could please have some chopsticks for the school's Chinese New Year tasting party. "Oooh, we don't have many spare", he fretted, glancing nervously at the biggest pile of sticks I have ever seen. "I only want two pairs", I explained, "can I give you some money?"
The party went well, the children came home with garlic breath, and tonight they ate sausages, mash and gravy with chopsticks. It can be done. Me, I'm £2 lighter, but I reckon it was worth it.