September 22nd, 2014

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Saturday & Sunday Word: Quern & Yagi

quern [ˈkwərn]:
origin: before the 12th century; Middle English, from Old English cweorn (or cwyrn)

A round, stone mill used for grinding grain that works just as well today as it did thousands of years ago; an excellent example of early technology and biblical metaphor for the daily grind (and humbling necessities) of life itself.

Demonstration of how to use a quern (purchased at a yard sale).

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Monday word: gallipot

gallipot  or galipot (gl-pt), noun.

1.  A small glazed earthenware jar such as ones formerly used by druggists to store medicines.
2. (archaic) A druggist.
3.  Crude turpentine from a wild pine tree.

Etymology:  16th century.  Dictionaries suggest it's from galley + pot, as such pots were often transported in galleys.

I found a recipe in an 1879 cookbook where a pudding was steamed in a gallipot.