There are a great many food related words that even I’m not sure of entirely. I’ll be doing a letter a day, going over some of the more interesting words, processes, procedures, and vocabulary for the determined foodie. We’ll both be learning something I’m sure. Today we’re delving into all the tasty (or just food related) words that start with the letters “U, V, and W”.
Umami - Savoriness, one of the five basic tastes.
Variety Meats - Also known as “offal,” variety meats are usually organ meats, such as brains, heart, kidneys, liver, etc.
Velouté - (French) A sauce made with veal stock, cream, and tightened with a white roux.
Wasabi - Also called Japanese horseradish, a pungent green paste made from a rhizome of the watercress family. Often in the United States this is indeed mostly horseradish, which in Japan it is made from the actual rhizome. It is often shredded with shark skin.
Welsh Rarebit - This is a cheese sauce made with ale and seasoned with dry mustard, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce that is often served over toast.
Whey - The liquid which separates from the solids when cheese is made.