I like to Google a recipe for dinner as much as the next person. But I always find myself having to go back and hit the internets again a few minutes later to find the real names for half of the ingredients.
Because a lot of recipes I seem to want to make are written in the US, they contain a lot of ingredients and cooking terms that I’ve never heard of. There are a few I’m used to by now, and then the odd one that still catches me out. So here is a handy translation list in case you’ve ever been foxed, either.
The easy ones…
~ Eggplant = aubergine
~ Zucchini = courgette
~ Cilantro = coriander
~ Cookie = biscuit
~ Pudding = specifically a custardy type dessert, somewhere between a baked custard and Angel Delight (here, it’s applied indiscriminately to any type of dessert)
The intermediate level….
~ Scallions = spring onions
~ Heavy cream = double cream (sort of
~ Half and half = single cream (sort of)
~ Baking soda = bicarbonate of soda (NOT BAKING POWDER)
~ Noodles = pasta
~ Biscuit = scone-type thing but savoury
The advanced aka Recently Googled
~ Club soda = soda water
~ Garbanzo beans = chickpeas
~ All the meat cuts. Shank = shin/leg, round = silverside/topside, plate = brisket (sort of
), sirloin is completely different and we don’t even have a tenderloin. And that’s just beef!
And finally the tools and techniques…
~ Broil = grill
~ Crockpot = slow cooker
~ Dutch oven = casserole dish with lid/Le Creuset
~ Measuring in cups = what the hell. Who can measure a cup of cold butter?! A cleverer cook than me, clearly. Just use a scale, I beg you!
~ Oven temperatures in Fahrenheit = I swear I always have one browser page on my phone that is permanently googling “375F in C” and I still haven’t memorised it yet [note to self: ITS 190. 190!!].
Are there any ingredients or techniques which you find yourself having to look up?