* she took.
Dr. Russell says, "The Eastern ladies often wash their own
hands, prepare cakes, pastry, etc. in their apartments; and
some few particular dishes are cooked by themselves, but not
in their apartments: on such occasions, they go to some room
near the kitchen."
* flour. or, paste. and made cakes.
Rather, as Mr. Parkhurst renders, "and tossed it
(wattelabbaiv) in his sight, and dressed the tossed cakes
(halleveevoth)." This will receive illustration from the
account which Mr. Jackson gives of the Arabian manner of
kneading and baking. "They have a small place built with
clay, between two and three feet high, having a hole at the
bottom for the convenience of drawing out the ashes, something
similar to that of a brick-kiln. The oven is usually about
fifteen inches wide at top, and gradually grows wider to the
bottom. It is heated with wood; and when sufficiently hot,
and perfectly clear from smoke, having nothing but clear
embers at bottom, which continue to reflect great heat, they
prepare the dough in a large bowl, and mould the cakes to the
desired size on a board or stone placed near the oven. After
they have kneaded the cake to a proper consistency, they pat
it a little, then toss it about with great dexterity in one
hand till it is as thin as they choose to make it. They then
wet one side of it with water, at the same time wetting the
hand and arm with which they put it into the oven."