Cowbridge Kitchen

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How to Master Cooking Basics


Cooking Terms.
  • Al Dente - The point during cooking that food such as rice , veg or pasta is still firm to bite & ready to be removed from the heat.
  • Blanch - To partially cook vegetables in hot water or oil to make them softer.
  • Bouquet Garni - Fresh herbs tied together so as to be easily removed from stocks. Sometimes the herbs are in a net. 
  • Garnish - To decorate a plate of food with fresh cut vegetables , herbs or other garnishes. To make the dish look more attractive.
  • Infuse - To leave ingredients soaking in a wine or liqueur to season them.
  • Marinate - To soak meat or fish in an aromatic blend, to add flavour and tenderise it. Marinades are normally based on olive oil.
  • Poach - Most often referred to an egg being cracked into boiling water. But you can also poach fish or meat this way.
  • Puree - To turn a mixture of ingredients into a liquid in a food processor. 
  • Reduce - To heat a sauce or stock long enough for it to reduce and thicken in consistency.
  • Season - To enhance the taste of a dish by adding salt & pepper.
  • Julienne - To cut vegetables such as carrots into very thin batons. This is often done so that the batons absorb oil and other marinades. Ideal for salad dishes such as coleslaw .