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Word of the day [Aug. 24th, 2015|10:30 pm]
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Today's word is 'pancheon'.

Last Saturday's word, if you want to be picky, but I didn't meet it until this morning, because that's when I was reading the 'Cook' supplement of Saturday's Guardian. Asked what is her favourite kitchen tool, Regula Ysewijn replies "my pancheon". There's no explanation, though it's obvious from the context that it's a large earthenware bowl - an image search turns up plenty of them - straight-sided rather than round, used for making bread or cream.

The column doesn't seem to have made it into the online edition (or maybe just 'not yet') but Regula Ysewijn's website has some wonderful photographs, and photo essays on subjects like 'Eels, pie and mash and her blog mixes historical recipes with essays about food production.

[User Picture]From: anef
2015-08-24 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well, my guess was a cart horse, probably due to confusion between a Suffolk Punch and a Percheron.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-08-25 08:41 am (UTC)
- and so useful in the kitchen!
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[User Picture]From: anef
2015-08-31 05:35 pm (UTC)
Incidentally I came across Percheron wines yesterday in the form of a very nice bottle of viognier-chenin blanc, in an Edinburgh restaurant.
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2015-08-27 11:13 am (UTC)
I read it as a bowl to make punch in ie a drink with 5 ingredients ('panch' being the more usual spelling for five), so I was at least within the ballpark.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-08-28 04:40 pm (UTC)
Is that the etymology of 'punch'? Neat.

The ubiquity of that 'five' root is magnificent.
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