Favorite British Kitchen Words

Favorite British Kitchen Words

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Dana Velden
Jul 21, 2008
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. Here is a partial list of some of my favorites. What are yours? blitz = process in a food processor tinned = canned cling film = plastic wrap wholemeal = whole wheat gas mark = oven temperature (doesn’t apply to American ovens, I know, but still has charm) courgettes = zucchini aubergine = eggplant sultana = golden raisins pudding = dessert mince = ground meat washing up = doing the dishes cooker = stove soldiers = food cut into thick rectangles (toast soldiers) BONUS: For a nice defense of British food, visit Becks and Posh. (Image: britshoppe)
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