Cooking Glossary - Z
Zabaglione- An Italian custard made with egg yolks and wine or
juices, which are beaten vigorously over hot water to form a rich, creamy
dessert. The custard can then be poured into glasses and chilled to be
eaten later, or eaten warm with fresh fruit. Marsala is the most common
wine used, though any sweet wine such as Madeira, Champagne, or Sauterne
may be used.
Zakuski- The Russian version of tapas involving a lot of food and
Zampone - A specialty of the town of Modena in northern Italy, this
consists of a hollowed and stuffed pig trotter which is poached and served as a
part of a traditional Bollito Misto.
Zanahoria- [Spanish] carrot.
Zartar Blend- From Lebanon. Find in Middle Eastern markets. A blend
of zaatar (a marjoramlike herb), sumac bark and chick peas or sesame seeds.
Common in foods from the Middle East.
Zarzamora- [Spanish] wild blackberry.
Zest- Grated rind of a citrus peel, used as a flavoring.
Zester - Small tool for scraping off zest.
Zingara- A sauce made with white wine, meat glaze, mushrooms, ham and
tongue, finely chopped and peppered.
Zita- Wide tubular macaroni.
Zucca- [Italian] squash
Zucchini-The fastest growing of the summer fruits, treated as a
vegetable in our kitchens. Look for very firm specimens.
Zuccotto - This is an Italian form of Charlotte Royale. In this
dessert, triangles of sponge cake are placed in a bowl to form a shell for the
filling. The filling consists of stiffly whipped cream which is studded with
toasted almonds, hazelnuts, chocolate chips and candied fruit. A final layer of
cake is placed over this, and when well set, the dessert is inverted onto a
platter to form a large dome, reminiscent of Florence Duomo.
Zunge- [German] tongue.
Zuppa- [Italian] soup.
Zuppa Inglese- A refrigerated dessert similar to the British
favorite, trifle (Tipsy cake or Tipsy pudding). It is made with rum sprinkled
slices of sponge cake layered with a rich custard or whipped cream (or both) and
candied fruit or toasted almonds (or both).
Zwieback- A sweet, dry toast - also known as rusks.