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Conversion Confusion

Cup measurements and terms, which are used by cooks in America, Australia and New Zealand appear in brackets where necessary. All the recipes on this website list both metric and imperial measurements. Conversions are approximate and have been rounded up or down. Follow one set of measurements only; do not mix the two. You can also use kitchen scales to measure dry/solid ingredients. Liquid measurements vary according to country, but remember that an American pint is only 16 fluid ounces whereas an imperial pint is 20 fluid ounces. All pints listed on this food blog are imperial. Tablespoon sizes in this book are UK/US, so Australian readers should measure 3 teaspoons where 1 tablespoon is specified. You may find this list useful:

  • 4 fl oz (125ml) = ½ cup
  • 8 fl oz (250ml) = 1 cup
  • 16 fl oz (450ml) = 1 US pint
  • 1 UK/AUS pint (20 fl oz) (600ml) = 2½ cups
  • 1 teaspoon = 5ml
  • 1 tablespoon (UK/US) = 3 teaspoons = 15 ml
  • 1 tablespoon (AUS) = 4 teaspoons = 20ml
Tricky Terminology

Some ingredients, methods and kitchen equipment regularly mentioned on this website have different American terms. They are:

  • chillies – chili peppers
  • cling film – plastic wrap
  • cocktail stick – toothpick
  • frying pan – skillet
  • griddle pan – heavy skillet or cast-iron frying pan
  • grill – broiler (to grill – to broil)
  • lengthways – lengthwise
  • muslin – cheesecloth
  • to whisk – to beat
  • stock – broth