Home Kitchens

The cook - just called 'Cook' (nobody seems to know her name) - and the other kitchen staff work in the kitchens. As there are over three hundred people living in the castle there's a lot of work to do feeding so many mouths! Most of the cooking is done over large open fires - it's hot work.

Next to main kitchen are the dairy where the butter is churned and cheese made and the bakery where the bread is baked in the bread ovens. The bread baking is very important because not only does everybody eat a lot of it but special slices of stale bread called 'trenchers' are used to eat off instead of plates. The trenchers soak up the gravy and if not eaten with the meal are given to the poor or thrown to the dogs.

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