George Bernard Shaw said “the British and the Americans are two peoples separated by a common language“. Presumably, he was speaking about food at the time as you will see in the chart below, listing American (left column) and British (right) culinary terms.

AMERICAN

BRITISH

all-purpose flourplain flour
baking sheetbaking tray
baking sodabicarbonate of soda
beef cut from the rumpsilverside
beetbeetroot
bouillon cubestock cubes
bread flourstrong flour
cake/ baking pancake tin
candied fruitglacé fruits
catsup, tomatoketchup
celery ribcelery stick
cilantrocoriander, fresh
cookiesbiscuits
confectioners’/powdered sugaricing sugar
cornstarchcornflour
cream, heavydouble cream
cream, light, half-and-halfsingle cream
eggplantaubergine
extract (vanilla, etc.)essence
farinasemolina
fat from roasted meatdripping
fatbackpork fat
fava beansbroad beans
flank steakskirt steak
French-fried potatoeschips
graham crackersdigestive biscuits
ground meatsminced meats
hamgammon
hard-cooked eggshard-boiled eggs
heaping spoonfulheaped spoonful
jumbo shrimpking prawns
large cut of meat to roastjoint
light corn syrupgolden syrup
molassestreacle
papayapaw paw
pig’s footpig’s trotter
pork shoulder roasthand of pork
potato chipscrisps
raisins/seedless, goldensultanas
round steak/stewing beefchuck steak
sausagesbangers
scallions, green onionsspring or salad onions
shortening, vegetableMargarine/Butter/Lard
shredded coconutdesiccated coconut
shrimpprawns
(to) shuck(to) hull
skilletfrying pan
slicerasher
spatulafish slice
strain; strainersieve
(to) strain(to) sift
stuffing mixture for meat or fishforcemeat
Sugar, superfinecastor sugar
sweet or bell pepperscapsicums
tomato catsuptomato ketchup
vanilla beanvanilla pod
variety meats (liver, kidney, etc.)offal
wax paperGreaseproof/Parchment paper
zucchinicourgette

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