Translation and Conversion

Being a UK cook, I tend to use the British system for weights and measures and temperatures, but I’m aware that not everyone is metrically inclined, and so here’s a translation of the key terms that may seem unfamiliar.

Food Names

  • aubergine = eggplant
  • chard = silver beet
  • chickpeas = garbanzo beans
  • courgette = zucchini
  • coriander = cilantro
  • cornflour = cornstarch
  • haricot beans = navy beans
  • minced meat = ground meat
  • peppers = bell peppers
  • rocket = arugula
  • spring onion = scallion
  • whole milk = 3 or 4% milk

Luckily, so many of the foods that create confusion are not even on the Dissident agenda so I haven’t provided a translation for chips vs crisps, self-raising vs self-rising, fries vs chips, because we’re not eating them, are we?!

Measurements

Dry
  • 1 ounce = 28 grams = 2 tablespoons
  • 8 ounces = 225 grams
  • 1 pound = 454 grams
  • 4 pecks = 1 bushel
Wet
  • 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
  • 1 dessertspoon = 10 ml
  • 1 tablespoon = 15 ml = 14 grams = 1/2 ounce
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = 1/2 pint = 237 ml
  • 2 cups = 16 fluid ounces = 1 pint = 474 ml
  • 4 cups = 1 quart = 2 pints = 32 fluid ounces = 964 ml
Butter
  • 1 stick = 4 ounces = 112 g = half UK pack of butter
  • 2 sticks = 8 ounces = 224 g  = whole UK pack of butter
  • knob of butter = approx 1 teaspoon

Temperature

  • 120’C = 250’F = Gas 1/2 = cool
  • 150’C = 300’F = Gas 2
  • 180’C = 350’F = Gas 4 = moderate
  • 200’C = 400’F = Gas 6
  • 220’C = 425″F = Gas 7 = hot
  • 245’C = 475’F = Gas 9 = very hot

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