The Culinary Alphabet …..Series 3… the letter D

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet…WHERE the middle letter is D…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thing…my followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Brawn, Cabbage, and Yucca… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to rebel or implode…haha…I also don’t want to use plurals to form a word as I may need that word for another letter and its sort of cheating I think…unless of course I really get stuck…which I am sure will happen…

Today it is words where the middle letter is D...A list of ingredients or a Hot Toddy on a cold and rainy day or a soothing cup of Burdock tea… but if it is a warm one a nice Vodka with a soda of your choice and there are certainly lots of sodas to choose from…


Burdock is such a pretty plant which is found in many countries around the world…Burdock root, also known as gobo, is popular in Asian dishes. It works very well in stir-fries, braised, roasted and soups. Burdock root can also be peeled, sliced and eaten raw or on a salad. It resembles a radish with a slight artichoke flavour when eaten this way.

Used and drunk as a tea in traditional medicine…People take burdock to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also used to treat colds, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis…

Many treatments are offered here and I know many of my friends who take them…Because in my younger days I had 2 adverse reactions and quite bad ones to something I had taken/given was a diet potion the other was a drug I was given while in hospital …I was young and stupid regarding the first incident the 2nd was I was told an adverse reaction which could not have been foreseen…so please before taking any supplements check with a health practitioner and make sure you read about any contraindication.

The reason I am saying this is a dear friend of mine is taking a turmeric concoction but when I asked her what else was in it she replied that she was told it was a secret family recipe…this always rings alarm bells with me and I hope I am wrong…I like to know exactly what I am taking and also what are known side effects which we all know doesn’t happen to everyone…I don’t want to be the one it does happen to…


Candies fruits have existed since back in the 14th century…preserved by being coated and impregnated with sugar syrup… one of my favourites is candied ginger…most fruits and nuts can be candied but so can flowers. and even yams..This delightful video shows how you can candy violets…

A 17th-century technique…


Made from apples or pears…my preference is a dry cider…made from crab apples as long ago as 3000 BCE by the Celts…Cider has a colourful history and some cool names like Angry Orchard Green Apple Hard Cider. …A very popular drink in the West Country(UK) and Ireland The UK has the world’s highest per capita consumption, as well as its largest cider-producing companies.


Is to cook an egg in water that is below boiling point…A  coddled egg.

Eggs are coddled for a Caesar dressing in order to make the yolk slightly thicker. This in turn allows for a slightly thicker dressing.


If a liquid curdles, or you curdle it, it gets thicker and develops lumps known as curds…


Is a type of icing used to decorate or sculpt cakes and pastries…or it is a delicious chocolate pudding with a wonderful molten centre which if properly cooked just oozes out when you dig your spoon in…we have seen those cookery programmes where the fondant is a disaster and solid…


Something I love is a hard fudge-like butter tablet or a soft buttery fudge…I cannot resist either but do prefer the harder fudge-like butter tablet.


A griddle is a heavy flat bottomed iron plate for cooking… it has little ridges across the bottom which when heated gives you those loves char marks on your steak.


A creeping shrub of eastern North America having white bell-shaped flowers followed by spicy red berry-like fruits and shiny aromatic leaves that yield wintergreen oil…oil of wintergreen is the oil obtained from the leaves of groundberry or teaberry which is another of its names…made by steam processing of warmed, water-soaked wintergreen leaves. The leaves and oil are used to make medicine. 

Wintergreen leaf is used for painful conditions including headache, nerve pain (particularly sciatica), arthritis, ovarian pain, and menstrual cramps…I never cease to be amazed at how many plants have medicinal properties…


Smoked haddock with poached egg used to be one of my favourite breakfasts sadly I can’t get haddock here. Haddock is a saltwater ray-finned fish known as a “true cod” it is slightly more flavoursome than the cod which has thicker fillets and is firmer..Haddock is most fishmongers choice for fish and chips as the flavour pairs better with the batter.


Hotdogs probably don’t need any introduction …found at every football match and other big venues they seem to be many peoples food of choice … consisting of a grilled or steamed sausage served in the slit of a partially sliced bun. It can also refer to the sausage itself. The sausage used is a wiener (Vienna sausage) or a frankfurter (Frankfurter Würstchen, also just called frank).


Also called lardoon, is a small strip or cube of fatty bacon, or pork fat used in a wide variety of cuisines to flavour savoury foods and salads. In French cuisine, lardons are also used for larding, by threading them with a needle into meats that are to be braised or roasted.


Indigenous to Australia specifically New South Wales, central and southeastern Queensland.


The Médoc is a region of France, well known as a wine-growing region, located in the département of Gironde, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, north of Bordeaux.


To muddle means to press the ingredients against the side of the glass with a muddler.   Muddling helps to release the flavours of the fresh ingredients so that they bind with the alcohol better…as in a Mojito one of my favourite cocktails.

Best drunk on a balmy summer evening…


Quite simply a Pound cake is a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar…then cooked in a loaf tin or a bundt mould.


The Sapodilla tree can grow as tall as 100-feet high…originally native to Mexico but now found all over the West Indies, Florida, Thailand, The Philippines and India…a super sweet fruit which one ripe does not store well…if picked too soon you will see a white latex oozing out of the stem it is this latex which is called chicle which is the same tree sap which the original Chiclets gum was made from…nowadays because of cost gum manufacturers use  synthetic rubber but it how the tree also got the nickname of the “chewing gum tree”


My abiding memory of sardines is when we used to holiday on the Costa Del Sol and vendors would cook these delicious little fish on the beach…belonging to the herring family they are small. oily forage fish…my hubbies favourite way of eating these is mashed with a little vinegar on toast.


My first sourdough loaf

I’m sure over the last year sourdough has gained a few more converts…made with a live fermented culture, a sourdough starter, which acts as a natural leavening agent…which means no commercial yeast is required to make your bread just some of the starter…


Swordfish is a low fat, low-calorie fish which provides an excellent source of selenium.  Sold in steaks it is a mild-tasting, white-fleshed fish with a meaty texture. Swordfish is particularly good grilled, either as a steak or kebabs, and it’s also delicious broiled and sautéed.


A clear distilled alcoholic beverage…originating from Poland, Russia and Sweden and trust me my Russian neighbours taught me just how to drink vodka…traditionally made from potatoes, wheat or rye there is a vodka made in the South Of England from milk and aptly named ” Black Cow Vodka”

That’s all for today for the letter D…

Thank you so much for your visit I hope you have enjoyed the read…Please feel free to leave a comment as you know I love to chat…Love Carol xxx

41 thoughts on “The Culinary Alphabet …..Series 3… the letter D

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That sounds lovely Robbie I am boring I just poach mine (or did) with an egg or as fish with chips either battered or pan fried as for fudge I try not to make it often…as I eat it…sigh…Yes it does need a sugar thermometer and some beating which if you want a crumbly fudge the beating is essential for longer than a creamy fudge and I love crumbly fudge…x


  2. petespringerauthor

    I just about threw in the towel, but we Springers are stubborn. How about gold old “noodles?”


  3. Jim Borden

    You’ve earned an “A” for all these “D” words. I am guessing half the fun of such a post is just brainstorming to see what words you can come up with! Anymore when I see fondant, I think of Robbie…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Snap… Robbie certainly weaves her magic with fondant icing.. and thank you kind sir for the grading.. Hope I can live up to that throughout the A-Z… 😀 x

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  4. marianbeaman

    Congratulations on your first sourdough loaf–it looks delicious. Your mentioned of candied ginger reminds me of my aunt, who often had them on the table as a snack, “good for digestion”! I never heard of candied violets. Thanks, Carol! 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Marian.. and yes my grandmorher loved candied ginger as well… Candied violets are so pretty and that little girl so cute.. 😊x


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  6. Chel Owens

    As always, my half-baked brain thinks, “I don’t know any foods that have ‘x’ in the middle,” shortly followed (as I read yours) by, “Ah! I knew THAT one…” sadly, though, I don’t feel inspired with my own. 🙂

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Well although egg drop soup apart from being delicious is two words but endive and radish don’t count either… It has to be an odd number of digits to get d in the middle… Sorry Chel not that easy.. Xx

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  7. beetleypete

    When I was young, Corona used to sell a soft drink flavour called Dandelion and Burdock. I used to love that, and haven’t though about it in years! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.


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