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Have you ever spoken to an English person? Or tried to cook using an English recipe? Sometimes, it seems, we don’t speak the same language… even though we’re both calling it English! Here is a handy list of Brit-Cook-Slang that might help to end the confusion. (Thanks again to my Food Lovers Companion!)

In Britain, it’s In the U.S. (or Canada), it’s
AubergineArrowroot flour

Bacon

Bacon, streaky

Banger

Bath chaps

Beetroot

Biscuit

Borshch

Breakfast cup

Broad bean

Burnt cream

Butter muslin

Butty

Capsicum

Castor (caster) sugar

Chilli

Chips

Chocolate, dark cooking

Claret

Cling film

Coffee cup (Small)

Cornflour

Cornish pasty

Courgette

Cream, double

Cream, single

Crisps

Cup

Damerara sugar

Dessertspoon

Digestive biscuits

Dripping

Finnan haddie

Fish slice

Flour, maize

Flour, plain

Flour, strong

Forcemeat

French bean

Gammon

Gill

Groundnut

Haricot bean

Icing sugar

Imperial ounce

Imperial pint

Imperial quart

Joint

Maize

Measuring tablespoon

Mince (n.)

Mixed spice

Morello cherries

Neeps/Swedes

Offal

Pie slice

Pips

Pluck (n.)

Pudding; pud

Rape (rapeseed) oil

Runner beans

Sack

Seal

Soya bean

Stoned

Sultana

Swedes/neeps

Swiss roll

Tatties

Teacup

Teaspoon

Tomato puree

Treacle

Trotters

Tunny

Vegetable marrow

EggplantArrowroot

Canadian bacon; ham

American bacon

Sausage

Pig’s cheeks

Beet

Cracker; cookie

Borscht

1 ¼ cups

fava bean

crème brûlèe

cheesecloth

sandwich

peppers, sweet and hot

superfine granulated sugar

chile (pepper)

French fries (potatoes)

Semisweet chocolate

Red Bordeaux wines

Plastic wrap

⅓ cup

cornstarch

meat turnover

zucchini

heavy cream

light cream

potato chips

1 ¼ cups

brown sugar

1 tablespoon

graham crackers

rendered fat from cooked meat

smoked haddock

a narrow, triangle shaped fish server

cornmeal

all-purpose flour

bread flour, hard-wheat flour

a finely ground meat mixture used to stuff other foods

green bean

ham

⅔ cup

peanut

navy bean

confectioner’s sugar

.96 ounces

19.2 ounces

38.4 ounces

large bone-in roast

corn

1½ tablespoons

ground meat

apple pie spice

sour (pie) cherries

turnips

variety meats (brains heart, liver, etc.)

pie server

seeds

heart, liver, lungs and windpipe of an animal

dessert

canola oil

Kentucky wonder beans

Sweet sherry

Sear

Soybean

Seeded

Golden raisin

Turnips

Jelly roll

Potatoes

¾ cup

1½ teaspoons

tomato paste

molasses

pig’s feat

tuna

summer squash

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