the Scottish forerunner to our modern utensils. Spatulas, stir- fryers, mixers; things that go under food and move it around all started this way, as a simple spurtle. This happens to be Scottish. They made them for their porridge and was their main cooking utensil. Because of it's curved, smooth surface, it is shaped for both moving food around, and for scraping the food off on the side of your vessel. Spurtle means 'peasant's sword' or 'saber'.
This reminds me of Grandma's kitchen - she was an amazing country cook! Lard biscuits, freshly picked mushrooms, crisp fried groundhog (don't knock it until you've tried it!), fruit cobblers, water - icy from a well.