Description of the Kitchen; Cool Room & Fire Pits
From Tavern Description: The rear section of the right half of the room is dedicated to the kitchen. A chest high wooden counter, almost a bar, separates the kitchen from the rest of the room. On the rear wall of tavern, at the other end of the stone hearth, is the cooking pit, large enough for large hunks of bosk and tarsk meat to roast above the flames. A heavy iron vessel, containing paga, rests on the pit near the flames. There is a small cooking hearth as well, used for the baking of breads and melting of cheeses. The right rear wall of the kitchen has shelves and cupboard, and a small door which leads to the cool room, where certain foods and drinks are stored, principally kalana. Near the kitchen is also a woven rence mat, where musicians might play or entertainers perform
The kitchen area is near the entry to the kennels and slave mats. When one enters the kitchen from either the Tavern or the adjoining Piazza they see a chest high counter which has several shelves and cupboards underneath holding a myriad of items, the right side usually stocks food items and other sections for various cleaning utensils. The kitchen is lit by a small tharlion lamp which sits is next to a lacquered box with black wine beans for the making of blackwine.
The side counter near the door displays washed fruits in a bowl with dinas and talenders used for decorations. Behind the bowls of fruit, all spices and herbs for cooking and teas are in small decorated clay jars just big enough for a kajira to slide her feminine fingers into to get a pinch or two of the required spice. Each small spice jar is decorated with an image which spice is with each jar. White painted and yellow painted clay stoppered jars are next to the spices, containing the two sugars of Gor. As well as a couple of clay jars decorated with bees containing honey. Sitting in a tem wood box behind the spices are the ingredients for making bazi tea.
A section of the cupboard on the right hand side is set aside for basic medical supplies. A tray contains a jar of soothing salve; a small jar of kanda leaves and clean rep cloths and bowl which is used for water to wash hands with before using the healing creams. Once the rep cloths have been used they are replaced with clean ones.
On the main counter in view where the musicians sit, are cutting boards, cutting stones, and some knives and other cooking utensils. To the far right hand side is a small pail containing spoons for mixing as well as extra wooden butter scrapers.
Under the counter in the nooks and crannies beneath it a myriad of things are stored. Beneath the left side counter are all the cleaning equipment for kjajira to use. Rep clothes pails, soap, beeswax for polishing the Captains dais and furniture, mops and brooms. These items are available to clean all the rooms of Gorean Shores.
Tthe lower shelves the main counter slaves are able to locate a various assortment of cooking pots, trays, tins, and utensils. The shelf above these contains already open sacks and baskets . Off to the most right hand side are several sacks of ta sarna grain, used for bread making and slave gruel; a sack of black bread grian for bread making. The shelf immediately beneath the counter contains several of bottles of cool alcohol; sul paga, kalana, ta-wine, turian wine and turian liquor.
There are several shelves to the rear of the kitchen containing all the various types of vessels a kajira uses to serve a Free's drink or food. On the top most shelf (which often require a kajira to use a tiny stool) are all the larger drinking horns and tankards. The other drinking vessels are stored below within arms reach. There is a vast array of goblets, tankards, horns, cups and saucers and three footed bowls. The platters and trays are stacked upon the bottom shelf which requires a kajira needs to bend down to retrieve them. .The middle shelves have an assortment of plates, bowls and small jugs used to place all assortments of nourishment for the Free.
To the side of of the main shelves is a HUGE water barrel containing cool water with a ladle hanging from a hook hanging close by. Next to the barrel is a basket for dirty linen, such as rep cloths for laundering.
Close to the big water barrel, a big metal basin is waiting the dirty dishes and vessels used from the Tavern and any kitchen utensils used.. A clay stoppered jar containing soap is nearby, along with a pile of rep cloths for drying and cleaning up afterwards.
As a girl steps inside the cool room, the shelf behind the door holds food items that arenít required as often. The bottom shelf contains the carcasses and various cuts of bosk, tarsk and verr meats All ready for when the meats roasting on the spits need replenishing. On the shelf above the animal carcasses are whole vulos already plucked and gutted with the necks inside their empty torso. The shelf above, if itís the right season holds the tabuk, tamit and wing fish livers, as well as the more common parsit, vosk carp, thassa fish and marsh shark.
The shelf on the back wall are sacks and baskets of the various vegetables, several dairy items and fruits. Suls, onions, kes, kort, tur pah, cabbage, carrot, radish, peas and beans. The shelf above contains a variety of fruit ready to be displayed in the fruit bowl upon the counter. Ramberries, apricots, dates, larmas, tospit, melons, plums, red fruit, and ta grapes. At the rear is a box of mushrooms ready for stuffing and a pail of turian olives.
The dairy products on the shelf above, the bosk butter on a smaller platter with indents where other kajira have scraped a lil off with the wooden butter scrapper usually sits off to the side, huge pitcher of bosk milk, pail of clotted bosk cream, and wheels of verr and bosk cheeses. A clay stoppered jar with painted bees decorating the side contains honey. Vulo eggs fill a bowl, with Arctic gant eggs filling another beside it.
Chilled bottles of kalana and ta wine are located on the same shelves as the fruit and dairy products: A number of cool tankards are on this shelf for the Free that love their ale served in a cold tankard. A barrel of cold water is also located on the dias. with a ladle on a hook next to the barrel.
To the back of the cool rooms are the casks of mead, ale, paga, sul paga and water. All casks are above the ground on a small dais, so that the vessel the Master is to drink from can nestle easily underneath the stopcock.
Upon the block of ice sit 2 pails, one full of tamber oysters and another full of sorp to ensure they do not go rotten.
In the centre of the fire pits are the roasting spits of bosk, verr and tarsk. Beneath the cooking animal carcasses, are metal trays of already sliced meat awaiting a Frees order. Whole vulos already brown and crispy are beside the spits near the branding irons. In between the vulos and branding irons is space for a kajira to prepare drinks and other foods for the Free as they require. Some saucepans, cooking containers, ladles and other such things are neatly stacked, or placed on hooks within easy reach To the other side of the spits sit a pot of sullage gently simmering away, teakettle of heating water, a black wine kettle, a small pot of kalana, a kettle of kalda and a large kettle of paga. A rep cloth and several ladles sit in front of the heating liquids or on hooks close by.
Next to the pot of sullage, kettles of tea and black wine, pot of kalana and pot of paga are the bread ovens, big enough to bake six medium sized breads at a time. Attached to the bread oven sits a warmer. Keeping the baked bread warm, as well as having room for plates of food whilst a kajira prepares the Free a drink to wash down His food.
The fire-pit is also used to heat the branding irons.
**** PLease note: remember these are duplicated in the Piazza
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