22 September 2007 14:57
Is there a word in English for a bain-marie, or do we just use the French word?CC: IanMegill2 Tantine
22 September 2007 14:57
Also, what is a "can of milk"? What kind of milk comes in a can, and how big is it?
22 September 2007 15:34
Yes, in my dictionary, "bain-marie" is used in English as well. I've heard the word before sometimes too. The dictionary also gives the option of "water bath," but to me "bain-marie" gives me a clearer idea of the cooking style.
But then, French words are always more precise!
22 September 2007 17:40
i also thought that "can of milk" is something strange but thats what's written in the original text...I believe he meant "milk box/pack" or something like that...
22 September 2007 18:18
Thanks, hitchcock. Thinking along the same lines, I actually already validated the translation.
23 September 2007 20:14
I was away from my computer two days, so I only got my messages tonight.
"Bain-marie" can also be translated as "double boiler".
23 September 2007 22:44
But I think of a bain-marie as a big square pan with hot water in it and several smaller, flatter pans floating in it, as is used in commercial kitchens:
whereas a double boiler is two pots that fit into one another and go on the stove:
Do you think a double boiler is what was meant here? It would make sense, if this is a recipe to be used at home.
23 September 2007 22:49
Some notes, I think useful:
1) In Brazil, condensed milk does
come in cans
2) "A can of milk" means that, after putting the condensed milk, use the can to measure an equal amount of milk.
3) In Portuguese, "banho-maria" designates the cooking technique of boiling in a recipient inside another recipient full of water. Just the latter one has direct contact with the flames. The equipment you showed above, kafetzou, seems to be intended for that. In the original text, however, it means the technique, not the equipment itself.
23 September 2007 22:51
Yes it is, "bain marie" is the method that consists in cooking something in a sauce-pan which is put into another sauce-pan containing water. I don't even have this double sauce-pan above, and simply use two sauce-pans of different size. I make very good "sauce béarnaise" this way. So "bain Marie" is originally name for the method of cooking, not the device. Name of the device was assimilated when the first special devices were conceived and then commercialized.
24 September 2007 09:16
The Bain marie can be either the very big "collective kitchen" type apparatus (for keeping shcool dinners luke warm) or a type of double pan, like the one you have shown, but the upper pan is often without a handle and fits inside the lower pan so as the sides of the upper pan are heated by the water in the lower pan.
A bain marie is often used in the oven so they are often rectangular rather than round and have metal handles rather than bakelite or wooden ones.
Mostly when cooking "au bain marie", you just put a glass bowl (type pyre
into a saucepan full of water.
Real contraption cost the earth!!!
Everyone to their stoves!!
24 September 2007 14:07
Oh thank you all you culinary experts! I have put some notes under the text to make it clear to the uninitiated. I think the bain-marie is then this:
24 September 2007 14:09
Yeap, you're more than right. Vive le bain-marie!