Nacho Cheese - A cheese (usually cheddar) used to top crisp
tortilla chips in a Mexican snack called
or naan is an Indian slightly leavened
bread in a large flat leaf
is a Malaysian dish consisting of
rice fried with a selection
of other ingredients.
Natal Plum - This scarlet fruit of a South African shrub is
an oval berry about 2 inches long. This
fruit is used in pies, jellies, and
preserves. Also called "Carissa."
is an aromatic, golden
ale, named after the
natterjack toad, produced by the
Frog Island brewery,
Natto - Soy beans that have been steamed, fermented,
and mashed until they have a glutinous
texture and a strong cheese-like flavor.
Popular condiment in Japan. Often served
at breakfast over rice or mixed with
chives, mustard, and soy sauce.
Natural Cheese - The product of thickening milk into a liquid
"whey" and a semi-solid called "curd."
Normally, the curd is pressed, treated
with cultures, and ripened into
approximately 18 distinct families of
cheese with over 400 specific types.
(French) Lamb stew with root vegetables,
cut green beans, tomatoes, and peas.
Navy Bean - A small white legume that takes its name from
the fact that the U.S. Navy has served
it as a staple since the 1800's. Used
widely in canned pork and beans and in
Boston baked beans.
Neapolitan - A type of ice cream featuring three
distinctive flavors, usually chocolate,
strawberry, and vanilla. Usually served
in slices to display the three different
Neapolitan ice cream
is a type of ice
cream, usually in
brick form, with several
layers of different colors and flavours.
is a type of
grape used to produce red
wine. It is a grape of the
Piedmont area of Northern
Italy, and is also grown in
California. It is used in
Barbaresco and Barolo wines, which can
be aged with great success.
wine bottle, generally used
for display purposes, holding the
equivalent of twenty normal bottles
(approximately 520 ounces).
Nectarine - A fuzzless relative of the peach, the
nectarine is one of the oldest fruits.
The flesh is very juicy and may be red,
yellow, or white. Best eaten raw.
Negus is a hot drink of
lemon juice, usually spiced
Neufchâtel Cheese - A soft, white, mild French cheese from whole
or skim milk or milk and cream mixtures.
Other cheeses that differ mainly in fat
content are Bondon, Malakoff, Petit
Suisse, and Petit Carré. The Swiss call
this cheese "Neuchâtel."
New Zealand Spinach - This plant, brought to England by
Captain Cook, looks and tastes like
spinach. Its leaves are covered with
minute dots that reflect the sun. Also
called "tetragone" and "New Zealand Ice
Newburg Sauce - A very rich sauce of butter, cream egg yolks,
sherry, and seasonings used over cooked
shellfish such as lobster, crab or
shrimp. It was created by a chef of the
once famous Delmonico Restaurant in New
is a famous English strong brown
ale first brewed by
Colonel Jim Porter in
Newcastle in 1927.
is a strong copper-coloured dry
ale from the
Vine brewery at
Noir: (French) Black.
Non-Iodized Salt - Ordinary table salt to which sodium iodine has
not been added.
Nonpareil - A tiny colored sugar pellet used to decorate
cakes, cookies, candies, etc. The name
also refers to a confection that is
covered with these pellets. In France,
it means "without equal" and often
refers to small pickled capers.
Noodle - A pasta made of flour, water, and egg yolks.
(Macaroni and spaghetti don't use egg
yolks.) Noodles come in a wide variety
of shapes and are used all around the
Nopal - The Prickly Pear cactus. Nopales are the
fleshy leaves ("paddles"). These leaves
are pale to dark green and feature a
delicate, slightly tart flavor similar
to that of green beans.
Nori - A nutritious dried seaweed that is normally sold in
tissue-thin sheets. It has a sweet
flavor and a dark purple color. Used to
wrap rice balls and sushi. Usually
toasted lightly before use.
Norway Haddock - This important commercial fish is a member of
the rockfish group. Also known as "ocean
perch," although it is not a true perch.
Noyeau is a French
liqueur made from
brandy and sweetened with
sugar, and flavoured with
peach stone kernels.
Nutmeg - The spice of the nutmeg tree. The lacy
membrane around the seed, when dried and
powdered, is the spice we call "mace."
The mild, sweet flavor of nutmeg is used
in cream dishes and fruit desserts. Also
sprinkled on custards and eggnog.