Here are some commonly used cooking terms that everyone should know, that is, if you want to be healthy by preparing your own food.
Julienne is such a fancified word for cutting a food into long strips. This can be done with many vegetables like carrots and bell peppers. You can buy a julienne peeler that makes perfect julienne strips, and nobody will be the wiser.
This cooking technique simply means to cut into small pieces. The pieces don’t have to be identical or even the same size, although keeping ingredients uniform is usually visually more appealing, especially for those enjoy plating prettily.
Slicing means cutting completely through a food. This can be cheese, bread, veggies, meat and fruit. If you are slicing a food from its natural grown shape and you end up with perfect circles, then you can call it a Sliced Round food.
To brown a meat or something like onions means to cook until the food is brown. For instance, you can brown the sides of a roast in a pan before roasting in an oven, which tends to bring out the flavor along with sealing in the juices.
To poach is to cook food gently in liquid, usually just under a simmer, at about 190 degrees. Common foods that are poached are chicken breasts and salmon fillets, usually in stock. Fruit is more often poached in an acidic sugar syrup, and eggs are poached in water laced with vinegar — this keeps the eggs in their nice Round shape.