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What is?
« on: December 20, 2008, 04:49:18 pm »
Can I suggest a new sub-forum?  One titled "What is ... ?"

The forum has grown very well since I found it just a few weeks ago.  Since it's the only English language forum, it has the potential of exponential growth outside the land of Oz.  I ordered the cook books from the UK site, and have to say, there's a lot of ingredients that I'm just not familiar with, and I'm sure there will be others from the US joining in time (Wait till I start spreading the word).  A place to go to translate ingredients and colloquialisms would be a wonderful help.

For example:
     What is Rocket?
     What is double cream (I'm guessing what we call heavy cream)
     What is corn flour (I'm guessing what we call corn starch)

There's more, but I didn't write them down.

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Re: What is?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 09:29:09 pm »
Good idea, UnConundrum.  It took me ages to learn the different terms for food - and I still get caught out occasionally  :D

Rocket = aragula in US.  Is it the same in Oz?

double cream is indeed heavy cream.  And corn flour is corn starch.

Post 'em up as you find them.  Should be able to help you with most of them, at least.
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Re: What is?
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 10:25:39 pm »
i have a list i did for a scrapbooking swap a few years ago, will find it later an dpost it :)
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Re: What is?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 02:44:58 pm »
What are Rice Bubbles ?  Puffed rice cereal?

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Re: What is?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 02:55:48 pm »
I would say so, we call them Rice Krispies in the UK

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Re: What is?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009, 04:05:59 pm »
Yep, here too.  Just never heard the term "Rice Bubbles"

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Re: What is?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009, 09:09:56 pm »
obviously aussie lol
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Re: What is?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009, 09:26:28 pm »
obviously aussie lol

Yep. and they go Snap, Crackle and Pop when you add milk - or so the ads say.   Good old puffed rice.

A glossary idea great idea Warren  ;D ;D :-*
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Re: What is?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2009, 02:10:33 am »
In Oz, corn flour isn't actually made from corn (it's a fine wheat flour/wheat starch) - yes, it is odd!. maize flour is needed if you wish to avoid gluten, and is the replacement option for "cornstarch". otherwise, they're generally interchangeable.
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Re: What is?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2009, 02:26:52 am »
Wait!  Corn flour is not corn starch?  It's regular flour?

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Re: What is?
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2009, 05:23:17 am »
Hi,
Here in Australia, we can obtain several brands of "cornflour"and Pammo is right most of them aren't made with corn.  One brand that is is "White Wings"which is 100% corn and so is gluten free.  This is also a finer texture.
Hope this helps
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Re: What is?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2009, 01:58:15 pm »
So.... if it's just a fine flour, does anyone know the protein rating?  Is it low like a cake flour, high like a bread flour, or just average flour.  If so, why call it corn flour.

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Re: What is?
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2009, 10:36:34 pm »
I don't know why they call it corn flour, but it is not used like ordinary flour. ???
It is generally used as a thickening agent in sauces, custards etc, although there are one or two cookie recipes that use slightly larger amounts of corn flour.
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Re: What is?
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2009, 03:25:38 pm »
"Mince"

I assume this is what is called hamburg or ground beef in the US?  Is there any special fineness?  Fat content?  Is it always beef?

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Re: What is?
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2009, 03:39:49 pm »
"punnet"

Is that what we would call a pint?  That would be a volume measure of .45 liter.