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The International Cooking Glossary Of Terms

Updated: Feb 15

As an Englishman, living in South Africa with a primarily American audience I learned quickly that food blogging can be really difficult when you have to write content that everyone understands, you've got metric and imperial measurements, different words for the same thing, different spellings and brands that are super popular in one place, and non-existent in another. It's a problem when you're trying to write interesting and engaging recipes but have to keep explaining what you mean or putting 2 version of every appliance, temperature or weight.


So rather than write boring recipes, I decided to start keeping a glossary of terms. If you see something you don't understand on our blog, you can probably find it here with an explanation. If you can't, let us know what it is and we'll add it.


This is a living document and is always changing. We kinda like the idea of having a master list that keeps growing, it will be interesting to see how things change over time.


So, if you need to find something, Just press CTRL+F and your browser should let you search this page for the word and explanation you've been looking for.

Hope it helps, keep on cookin'


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Temperature


In the US they use the imperial system and measure Fahrenheit (f), Europe and most of the rest of the world measure in Metric which is Centigrade (c)


The formula for the two s (C x 9/5) + 32 Which means that 0 degrees Centigrade is 32 Degrees Fahrenheit.


In gastronomy, the most common temperature to cook at is 180c or 360f (rounded)

Measurement

Again, the imperial versus metric system makes cooking complex. Also, there are many units of measurement, we'll try and provide the most common here:


  • 1 Cup = 236 grams / 8 Fluid Ounces

  • 1 Litre = 4.2 cups / 35 Fluid Ounces

  • 1 Pint = 20 Fluid Ounces / 568 Milliliters

  • 1 pound = 453 Grams



Foods & Ingredients


Here is a list of foods and they're alternate names:

  • French Fries = Chips

  • Rocket = Arugala

  • Coriander = Dhanya

  • Aubergine = Eggplant / Brinjal

  • Spring Onion = Scallion / Green Onion

Cooking Appliances & Utensils


Here is a list of cooking equipment and they're alternate names:

  • Grill (UK,) = Broiler

  • Barbecue = BBQ / Braai / Grill (US)

  • Slow Cooker = Crock Pot


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