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Arugula (from the Italian) = Rocket (from the French roquette)
Aubergine = Eggplant
Bell Peppers = Capsicum
Black Pudding – A blood sausage that’s really popular in Ireland… It sounds disgusting but actually tastes amazing and is super rich in iron!
Broccolini – Is a green vegetable similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and longer, thin stalks.
Brown Onion = Yellow Onion (except for using red onion raw in salads, I use onions interchangeably depending on what’s in my pantry)
Caster Sugar = A finer version of granulated white sugar also called ‘super fine’.
Capsicum = Bell Peppers
Chard – silverbeet
Chilli Powder = finely ground dried chilli peppers (usually quite hot). NOT a spice blend used to make ‘chilli con carne’.
Chilli Flakes = Crushed Dried Hot Chillies (my favourite pantry item for adding some heat! Substitute in fresh chilli or chilli powder)
Courgette = Zucchini
Cilantro = Coriander Leaf = Coriander (if I’m using the spice I’ll call it ground coriander or coriander seed)
Coriander = Coriander Leaf = Cilantro (if I’m using the spice I’ll call it ground coriander or coriander seed)
Cream = Pouring cream = whipping cream = single cream (approx 35% milk fat) Note. we don’t have half-half in Australia and I never use low fat cream.
Cream, Double = super rich cream approx 50% milk fat (I LOVE it!) = Clotted Cream (almost) = no US substitute
Eggplant = Aubergine
Halloumi – is a type of cheese which is great pan fried
Green Onion = Spring onion = Scallion = Shallots (not the little brown ones)
julienne strips – this is a food term which means the item is cut into long thin strips.
Knob of butter = hunk of butter = a few tablespoons (I like to be generous with my butter!)
Mange Tout = Snow Peas
Mince = Minced Meat = Ground Meat
Onion, Brown = Yellow Onion (except for using red onion raw in salads, I use onions interchangeably depending on what’s in my pantry)
Onion, Green = Spring onion = Scallion = Shallots (not the little brown ones)
Prawns – shrimp
Rocket (from the French roquette) = Arugula (from the Italian)
Snow Peas = mange tout
Spring Onion = Green onion = Scallion = Shallots (not the little brown ones)
Witlof – Belgian endive
Yellow Onion = Brown Onion (except for using red onion raw in salads, I use onions interchangeably depending on what’s in my pantry)
Zucchini = Courgette
NOTE: Although I’ve lived, worked and cooked in different parts of the world, from California to France to Northern Wales, I tend to default to Australian terms. I try and make my recipes as global friendly as possible, so if there’s a term you’re struggling with that I haven’t included here please let me know in the comments below so I can add it in!