Culinary Dictionary  "W"

Our ever growing online community Dictionary and Food and Culinary Terms, Phrases and Cooking Techniques that begin with the letter W.



Weeping is when liquid separates out of a solid food, such as jellies, custards, and meringues. It’s also what we do when we see this sad injustice happen.

Whip / Whipped / Whipping

Whip (whipping) is to beat a food (egg whites, heavy cream etc.) lightly and rapidly using a wire whisk, rotary beater, or electric mixer in order to incorporate air into the mixture and increase its volume. (Insert your own joke here…)

Welsh Rabbit / Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit / Welsh Rabbit: is a dish made with a savoury sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients, served hot, after being poured over slices of toasted bread, or the hot cheese sauce is held in a bain marie or fondue warmer, with foods being dipped into it.


A crisp, pancake-like batter product that is cooked in a specialized iron that gives the finished product a textured pattern, usually a grid.  Also a special vegetable cut which produces a grid or basket weave pattern. Waffle Cut.


Sometimes referred to as Japanese horseradish, although they are two totally different plants. Wasabi is generally used as a sauce that makes sushi or other foods more flavorful by adding spice. Like blow the top of your head off kind of spice. Most wasabi served in restaurants are not the real deal, they are often imitation pastes, or powder / water mixtures, because of the scarcity of the plant itself. Real wasabi retails for about $160 per kg. or $73 per pound…..