Monday, February 8, 2010


Yes, this is a real culinary term. LOL!!!
A small mound shaped meringue, which often contains chopped nuts, cherries or coconut. The texture is light & chewy. (Doesn't that sound delicious?)
"Hearts of Palm"
Edible inner portion of the cabbage palm tree (FLA's state tree BTW.) They are slender, white, delicate and expensive. They resemble an asparagus with no tips and taste similar to that of an artichoke heart. When choosing fresh, look for slender white pieces that have no bruising or brown spots. They also come canned- yuck. Store refrigerated for no more than 3-4 days. Use in salads or stir fries or anywhere that you might use an artichoke.
"Lovage" (LUHV-ihj)
Similar in taste and leafy appearance to that of the celery plant, only much stronger in taste. All parts are edible, but very strong taste so use sparingly. Our common "celery" seed is from the lovage plant. Once used in Greek & Roman times as a "love potion" (Sweet, hunh?)
(I hope you caught the "Valentine" insinuations with the posted terminology. LOL)


Patriotic Mom said...

Thank you for sharing information like this. Everything you make always looks so good. It must be wonderful to be so confident about cooking. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

Angela McRae said...

Thanks for educating me, once again, Teresa. And now I have a request for a future Monday if you don't mind! Last week I was shopping for a recipe that called for both tomato sauce and tomato puree, and since I've also bought tomato paste, in addition to diced tomatoes, I am wondering if you believe there is a big difference in sauce/paste/puree. When I googled the definitions, they sure seemed very similar to me. Thanks!

parTea lady said...

Thanks for the definitions. I've never tried lovage - not sure that I've ever seen it in a recipe either.

I like meringues and since they are only egg whites, they make a good low fat treat.

Southern Touch Catering said...

Not too confident- just like to play around with new stuff- even if it does end up tasting yucky! LOL!!!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very clever post for Valentine's Day! Informative as well!

I've never had (or heard of) lovage.