Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Chiffonade







"Chiffonade is a knife technique used for cutting herbs and leaf vegetables such as lettuce into thin strips or ribbons. To chiffonade leaves of basil, for instance, you would stack the basil leaves and roll them into a tube, and then carefully cut across the ends of the tube with your knife to produce fine strips."                                                                                                      ---From About Culinary Arts


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19 comments:

Louise said...

I've come across the term chiffonade before, and indeed done it too, nice demonstration.

Ed T. said...

I like the exhortation to "cut CAREFULLY", lest the chiffonade turn into an impromptu amputation!

Happy WW!
~EdT.

Beth F said...

Yum!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

When I looked it up in a dictionary, the word was listed as an adjective. But online I found it used as a verb.

Teresa said...

I've never heard the term before, but I think I'll try this next time I'm cutting herbs or leafy vegetables. I have a good friend who study culinary arts - she's probably familiar with it!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I've heard the term but have never done it myself. Thanks for the info and tips. Nice photos too.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It's lovely to say, isn't it?

Karen Harrington said...

Love this, especially that you did a sequence!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Nice shots. I've seen it done on tv. Thanks for visiting!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

The trickiest shot was the last one. I used the automatic timer.

bermudaonion said...

Well, I learned something new! I didn't know that term and it never occurred to me to roll the leaves into a tube to cut them like that.

caite said...

Basil, lovely basil...

Tribute Books Mama said...

Interesting, never heard of this before.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/wondrous-words-wednesday.html

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Yes, brand new to me, too!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

French, maybe?

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I can smell the basil from your photos. I misplaced the seeds so none in the garden this year. Thankfully, I can buy lovely ones at the farmers market.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I've had a garden for thirty years, but it's only in the past couple of years that I've tried herbs.

....Petty Witter said...

A new one on me but then I'm no whizz as far as culinary things go.

Harvee @ Book Dilettante said...

Great idea the nest time I make pesto with basil from my garden. Last time, I didn't cut them up and it was harder to pulse in the blender.