We used to have one similair to what you describe, but I always prefered peeling/cutting the potatoes with a knife, I love the old days, when phones still had wires and used to write letters to pen palls abroad, almost everything is "instant" now, as in doing things faster is somehow an improvement, it only creates more time to do superfluous stuff and create a mekka of psychlogical dis-eases in western cultures from having a life of "luxury"
Attending church as a child, the priest (who for all anyone knew, abused their sons) used to yammer on and on how you ought not to do the deadly 7 things, as if there wasn't other stuff one couldn't do to another-
Even though you try to put people under control, it is impossible. You cannot do it. The best way to control people is to encourage them to be mischievous. Then they will be in control in a wider sense. To give your sheep or cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not good. That is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them.
~Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind