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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ALFAJANA, ALJAFANA, ALJOFAINA (OCast)

HERMOSISIMA JOFAINA Y PANAGANA
MFD REED & BARTON
('Very beautiful basin and basin,' [sic should not read panagana: basin, but aguamanil: ewer] 
Photo by: welcomesantelmo.com

Cast jofaina, OCast zafa, Hisp Ar. alǧufáyna, Ar. ǧufaynah, dim. of ǧafnah, Eng a large round basin used with ewer for washing hands and face. Basins used in banquets were metal, while those for consecrations were stone. Earthenware basins were for daily use and also used as mixing bowls in the kitchen. Nola uses them in preparing food such as turtle doves or wild duck in thin sauce. Villena soaks bread for Almodrote in one. Ibn Razīn uses one for serving chickpeas. See blog titled aguamaniles published February 11, 2010 ; esparcita published April 25 2014 for Villena's recipe and larguero published September 25, 2015. [Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:41;  Ibn Razīn/Marín. 2007:280; Nola. 1989:xxii-1:xxix-5:xliii-1; and Villena/Calero. 2002:60b]

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