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Friday, October 18, 2013


(handcarved boxwood)
Photo by longword
Leon cuchar, Eng spoon. The spoon is thought to have been an invention of the Egyptian pharaohs which disappeared in Europe during the barbarian invasions. The instrument did not come back until after the invention of the bowl for consumption of liquids. Still the use of the spoon from the 13-15 C. was not frequent among Christians. Various spoons made of metal, such as pewter and wood were used in the Spanish court for serving sauces, food items and cooking. 

At the family dinner table, there was one wooden spoon at the table, which was passed from one to another or one was shared by two people in luxurious homes. All the food was served in the same dish. The wooden spoon, therefore, enabled eaters to place their ration of food on their plate.

Hispano Árabs, introduced the spoon for “Spoon Dishes” (Platos de la Cuchara) consisting of pottages and thick soppes, which were they ate with spoons. Christians began adopting this system using boxwood spoons as the Church prohibited the contact of metal utensils in the mouth when eating. Gradually, one spoon was provided to each eater in court and among nobles. See cocleare, rebanada and trulione.
[Benavides-Barajas. Alhambra. 1999:53; ES: Cuesta. Dec 1, 03; ES “Gastronomía.” May 2, 03; García Rey.1934: 68; and Nola/Iranzo. 1982:168]



2 lbs sheep trotters
Sheep Trotter Pottage
A Unique Dish Today!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
1 qt mutton broth
1 c almonds
1 ginger scraping
1 tbsp sugar


Cook sheep trotters in a pressure cooker wit the broth. Cook on high for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer to minutes.

Separate the trotters from the broth. Grind almonds in a food processer. Add them to the broth. Let sit for a half hour. Then stain them through a cheese cloth and put the almond milk into a clean pot. Add ground ginger. Be sure there is enough ginger for the taste to dominate the flavor. Add sugar and bring it to a boil again.

Remove the tissue around the bones of the trotters and place it on a wooden plate with the sauce in a bowl on the side.

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