is a golden, slightly fruity
bitter with a bitter
hops flavour, from the
Bateman brewery in
Vanilla - There are over 20,000 types of orchid, but
only one produces anything edible--the
vanilla plant. "Vanilla extract" comes
from macerating beans into an
alcohol/water solution. "Imitation
vanilla" comes from treated wood-pulp
is a cask beer with a good balance of
bitter tastes, from the
Veal - Calves that are slaughtered from 1 - 3 months of age.
"Milk-fed" veal are unweaned calves.
"Bob veal" is under a month old; "baby
beef" is 6 - 12 months old. To keep
their flesh from darkening, these
animals are not fed grains or grasses.
Vegetable Marrow - This edible squash-like gourd, also known as
"marrow squash," is related to the
zucchini. It has a bland flavor and is
often stuffed with a meat filling.
Vegetable Oil - Any of a wide variety of non-animal oils. Most
vegetable oils--with the exception of
coconut and palm oils--are lower in
saturated fats than are animal-derived
Vegetable Oyster Plant - Also known as "salsify," this biennial
herb is cultivated for its root which is
used as a vegetable. Its taste hints of
a delicately flavored oyster. Can be
found in the U.S. in Spanish, Italian,
and Greek markets.
(French) A sauce made with veal stock,
cream, and tightened with a white roux.
Venison - This term covers the meat from antelope,
caribou, elk, deer, moose, and reindeer.
Venison is probably the most popular
large game meat eaten today.
is the name given to the harsh juice of
the unripe grapes used in
Vermicelli - Italian for "little worms." Vermicelli is a
very thin spaghetti-shaped pasta.
A white wine that has been steeped with
an infusion of herbs, plants, roots,
leaves, peels, seed, and flowers. It has
a aroma and taste designed to be served
as an apértif (appetizer).
Vert: (French) Green.
wheat beer brewed by Bunces
A sparkling mineral water from Vichy,
Vienna Sausage - A small frankfurter, often served as an hors
Viking is a hoppy, malty,
cask beer with a fruity finish, from the
Rudgate brewery, near
is a light, hoppy
bitter brewed by Archers of
Vinaigrette - A basic oil-and-vinegar dressing that includes
salt and pepper. More elaborate
variations include herbs, shallots,
onions, mustard, and spices.
Vine Spinach - An edible leaf from a tropical plant that is
cultivated in certain parts of France.
Vine spinach may be prepared in any
manner appropriate for spinach. Also
Vinegar - A weak solution of acetic acid and water used
in pickling, preserving, tenderizing,
and to add a sour flavor to foods.
Cleopatra dissolved a perfect pearl in
vinegar and drank it in front of Mark
Antony as a demonstration of her wealth.
A clear, colorless, almost odorless
unaged liquor made from potatoes, and
sometimes from corn, rye, or wheat.