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French town famous for its quality jam and other preserves which bear the name on the label.


BarbecueGrilled - To cook food on a grill or spit over hot coals or burning of hardwood/hardwood charcoals or in an enclosed pit. A tangy tomato or vinegar based sauce used for grilled foods, and depending upon the type of barbecue the item may be seasoned or marinated before cooking.

Synonyms - Grilled

Bard / Barding - To cover a piece of meat with salt pork or slices or bacon prior to cooking. Example tying thin slices of fat, such as bacon or pork fetlock, over meats or poultry that have little to no natural fat covering in order to protect and moisten them during roasting. This method then adds additional moisture and flavour to the cooked food.

Synonyms - Barding

Small boat-shape pastry case; can also be shaped from other foods.


Baste - To pour dripping or other fat over a food before or during cooking in order to prevent drying or to glaze the item. Basting shouldn't be done with stock for meats because this will then wash away the fats which protect it from drying.

Synonyms - Basting

A salad vegetable also known as escarole or broadleaf endive.


French loaf made in the shape of a long thin stick.


Batter - Semiliquid mixture or flour and other starchy ingredients and liquids, which has a pouring consistency. Example semi-liquid mixture containing flour or other starch used to make cakes and bread or to coat foods for deep-frying.


Technical term used to denote a soft-centre omelette.


The principal compartment, generally of a suite, that is the space equivalent of a standard guestroom. A suite may have a single-bay or multiple-bay living room


Béarnaise (bare-nayz) - A sauce made of butter and egg yolks and flavoured with a reduction of vinegar, shallots, tarragon and peppercorns.

Synonyms - Béarnaise

Beat / Beating is a method to move a whip or spoon rapidly back and forth to blend products together to achieve a smooth texture.

Synonyms - Beating

Béchamel (bay-shah-mell) - A leading sauce which is made by thickening milk with a white roux and adding seasonings.

Synonyms - Béchamel
Bell attendants

Bell attendants - Persons who provide baggage services between service between the lobby area and the guest room.

Bell Boy

Porter who delivers guest baggage and does miscellaneous errands.