Word Origins

On a historical documentary I was watching recently they  were talking about medieval food and kitchens, and they were roasting meat on a spit. It was one of those huge things that had a handle for turning the meat to make sure it was cooked evenly all round.

If you could manage the technique perfectly, your roast was said to be Done to a turn.

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As you can see, in medieval times the fire used to float above the spit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Now I just have to find out why a spit is called a spit. Is dripping meat juices making the fire spit too easy?)

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About ramblesofawriter

Writer, thinker, tea drinker.
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