Culinary Dictionary: Letter I
I can’t believe we’re already on letter I. It feels like it’s only been a couple of weeks since we started. Letter I has considerably less terms than other letters which makes this Terminology Thursday a short one.
Ice Wine: a sweet dessert wine made with grapes picked in wintertime frozen on the vine and pressed before they thaw.
Ile Flottante: or floating island is a light meringue floating in a pool of custard cream.
Imam Bayildi: Traditional Turkish dish of braised aubergines stuffed with aubergine flesh, onions and tomatoes. Legend has it a Turkish imam smelled that dish cooking and fainted from the exhilarating odor, which is where the dish got its name from.
Indian date: tamarind.
Invert/inverted sugar: sugar syrup mixed with an acidic substance such as lemon juice or cream of tartar to break down its particles and make its crystals smaller and therefore smoother and better suitable for making candies—fondant is made of invert sugar.
Irish Moss: Also called carrageen is a seaweed dried and used as a thickening agent for food.
Irradiation: exposing food to radiation to kill bacteria and viruses in order to prolong its shelf life. It is FDA-approved and commonly used in the food industry.