Eat Your Words: Flashback and Grease
Devouring books and crafting meals is great -- but sounding smart while you do it is even better. That’s why we’re teaching you to eat your words. In this weekly guide, we bring you literary devices and culinary terms everyone should know.
Flashback (noun): in a story, the description of a scene or event that took place earlier in chronological time.
Example: The Elephant Keepers' Children is a book whose plot twists and weaves, in part due to the many digressions in which the young narrator, Peter, indulges. Many of these side stories are actually flashbacks, anecdotes about past occurrences that end up being not only relevant to the main narrative, but essential to understanding it and the characters'. In this case, flashbacks were used to provide background detail and context, and to explain the perspectives and motivations of the various personalities at play.
Grease (verb): to spread a layer of butter, shortening, oil, or another fat on a cooking surface in order to prevent foods from sticking. Most often used in baking.
Example: In my easy cheese danish recipe, it was unnecessary to grease the pan because I used crescent rolls for the crust. Such doughs are already so buttery that, when baked properly, they will not stick to even an ungreased baking dish. In cases when the recipe is relatively less rich in fats, as in the case of cookies and cakes, greasing the pan is essential to prevent sticking. In addition to the fats mentioned above, silicone baking sheets can also prevent sticky snafus.
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