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Monday, April 30, 2012


Marshmellow fork:
20070322_0831 fork
Photo by: williewonker
broca tridente, trident, three pronged fork for cooking similar to a marshmallow fork with a long handle for toasting bread and other foods. As the Church was against eating with a fork, stating that the Bible prohibited it, the pictorial message was conveyed that the trident was the devil’s fork. As people lived in fear of the Church, they only used the trident for toasting or roasting perhaps that is why dinner forks now have four prongs instead of three. See broca. [Alonso Luengo. 1994:40:42:43 etc; Villena/Calero. 2002:25a; and Villena/Navarro.1879:29-30]
Roast Goose at the local markets
Photo by: David McKelvey


For 6 persons


1 goose 6-10 lbs
salt and pepper, to taste
stuffing - fruits like apples and prunes recommended


Remove the feathers, remove the entrails and singe the skin. Wash inside out out. Using three prong roasting fork, poke several holes in the skin about 1/4 inch deep. Make several holes in the breast and thighs.

Boil enough water to immerse the goose a large pot. Boil the goose for two minutes or less. Remove from the water and dry the skin. Refrigerate 48 hours.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350º F /160º C
Cooking time: between 2 - 2 ½ hrs

Salt and pepper the goose inside and out. Stuff the goose and sow the cavities shut. Tie the legs together and secure the wings.

Place it on a spit with a pan underneath to catch the juices. After 20 minutes prick the skin again with the trident and baste it with its juices. Continuing basting every 20 minutes.

If a spit is not available, place the goose, breast side down, on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Cook for 20 minutes. Prick the exposed skin with a trident, baste with its juices and cook for another 20 minutes.

Turn the goose breast side up, prick the exposed skin and baste the goose with the pan juices. Roast one hour more, basting every 20 minutes.

If the goose is very brown at this point, let it cook for another 30 minutes.

If the goose is looking a rather white, turn the oven up to 400º F/200º C and cook for 30 more minutes or until done.

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