Aromatic; noun: Any herb, spice, vegetable or combination thereof that is used to infuse flavor into a final dish and add to its aroma.
This is another building block for cooking without recipes! Once you can recognize the aromatics in a list of ingredients, you can change them to suite your particular taste or mood and create a dish all your own...
Pudding, meaning dessert. Biscuit, meaning cookie. Clingfilm, meaning plastic wrap. I love the differences between British and English cooking (cookery!) words.
It's always disappointing when American publishers edited out the ‘dessertspoonfuls,’ ‘mince,’ and ‘courgettes’ when revising British cookbooks and I have never really understood why. 'Sultana' and 'aubergine' are such lovely words and it’s not that difficult to figure out what’s going on when you’re asked to ‘blitz’ something in the food processor.
Lagniappe, lay-GNAP: a Cajun-Creole word meaning a small gift given by a merchant to the buyer at the time of purchase, often of food.
Flipping through the most recent issue of Gastronomica, we noticed on the very last page is a section titled "Lagniappe." It wasn't a term we could remember hearing before.
We discovered that the word has roots in the Spanish and Quechua words for "gift" or "giving," and the practice of lagniappe originated in Louisiana. Reading through definitions and descriptions, we started to feel there was more to this practice than meets the eye.
Preferment, noun: A combination of flour, water, and sometimes yeast that is prepared in advance (as in pre-fermentation) and then mixed into the main body of the dough as an additional ingredient.
When we first started baking, this was a new technique and a new vocab word all in one. Wrapping your head around the idea of a preferment can be a little tricky at first, but well worth it for the boost in flavor and structure one provides!
Remoulade (Ruh-moo-LAHD); noun: A classic sauce of mayonnaise with capers, chopped cornichons, dijon mustard, anchovy paste, and fine herbs.
If you're a fan of crunchy, salty, and sweet combinations, it's a safe bet that you'll like this sauce! Just chop up and measure out a few tablespoons of each ingredient, stir into some mayonnaise, and you've got yourself a quick and easy sauce!