One of the really great things about being a food and drink photographer is that you have absolute carte blanche to collect any and all items of kitchen paraphernalia that you might come across. Even if an item has no immediate use you can always argue that it will definitely be invaluable as a prop in some as yet unspecified photo shoot! These magpie like tendencies go into overdrive as soon as I find myself in a foreign country and the size of my suitcase combined with the pitiful weight allowance that we are granted these days are the only things which keep my collecting within, what others might call, reasonable proportions. Without doubt the most interesting and possibly cryptic thing that I brought back from my recent trip to Lisbon can be seen in the following photographs. I know what it is called but I wonder if you do? And, if so do you know how it should be used? Despite numerous searches on Google and perhaps because of my almost total lack of Portuguese I only have the vaguest idea as to how it should be used!
p.s. the cockerel is not a clue, or at least I don’t think it is!