Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A slug barrier

I am indebted to a French gardener in a village near Piriac-sur-Mer for this idea. First take a tin can and with both ends removed, take a pair of tin snips and make the jagged edge that you can see.

Place the tin uncut edge down into the earth and you now have an edge that even the most enthusiastic slug/snail will find too daunting.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

The US & UK, separated by a common cooking ingredients language

I am sometimes flummoxed by our US friends Recipe's ingredients... what is heavy cream? Perhaps in the US people are also likewise confused... what is a courgette?

Here then is a basic list of my most popular confusions. If there are any mistakes there, please let me know.

biscuit - scone
broiler - grill
canned - tinned
cookie - biscuit
cookie sheet/baking pan - baking tray
hard-cooked eggs - hard-boiled eggs
mold - mould
noodles - pasta
pie pan - pie tin
plastic wrap - cling film
rack - shelf
shortdough pastry - shortcrust pastry
stovetop - cooker/hob
wax paper - greaseproof paper

all-purpose flour = plain flour
andouille sausage = smoked sausage
baking soda = bicarbonate of soda
bouillon granules = stock cube
cilantro = fresh coriander
confectioners' sugar = icing sugar
frozen whipped topping = long-life whipped UHT cream
corn syrup = golden syrup
cornstarch = cornflour
egg substitute = egg white
eggplant = aubergine
fava beans = broad beans
frosting = icing
garbanzo beans = chickpeas
graham cracker = digestive biscuit
granulated sugar = caster sugar
great Northern beans = cannellini beans
green onions = spring onions
ground beef (ground lamb, turkey, pork) = minced beef (minced lamb, turkey, pork)
half and half = single cream
ham steaks = gammon steaks
heavy cream = whipping cream
instant pudding mix = whipped dessert mix
Jell-O gelatin = jelly
jelly = jam
lasagna noodles = lasagne sheets
molasses = treacle
non-fat milk = skimmed milk
oatmeal = porridge
pie crust = pastry crust
pizza crust = pizza base
pork tenderloin = pork fillet
potato chips = potato crisps
reduced fat milk = semi-skimmed milk
semisweet chocolate = dark chocolate
shortening (e.g., Crisco) = butter or margarine, or vegetable fat spread (e.g., Stork)
snow peas = mangetout
tomato paste = tomato puree
whole wheat flour = wholemeal flour
zucchini = courgette