Kombucha, fat washing and burrata

Jan 29, 2014

Food terms from Word of the Year 2013

 While food is always a flourishing category in the Word of the Year collection, the items that fall into it tend to divide into novelty and health. The representative of the superfoods this year is in fact a drink from Japan, kombucha. The biggest novelty has to be fat washing, the process of infusing an alcoholic spirit with the flavour of a melted edible fat. Somewhere in between is burrata, the latest Italian cheese that we have discovered. We were tired of always having a tomato base on our pizza so we tried the white pizza instead. And for those of us with delicate taste buds and nothing better to do on Saturday there was coffee cupping.  In the interests of lexicographical research I have brought home a burrata, but I have not yet tasted a fat-washed spirit.  I can see that duty beckons me to the bars of Sydney at some stage soon.








noun a sac-shaped soft cheese, with a mozzarella skin and a creamy stretched curd centre.

[Italian burro butter]


coffee cupping

noun the practice of tasting a brewed coffee in a style similar to wine-tasting, that is, by sniffing deeply, then taking a mouthful so that it spreads across the tongue while checking for texture, sweetness, acidity, flavour, and aftertaste. Also, cupping. –coffee cuppernoun


fat washing

noun the process of infusing an alcoholic spirit with the flavour of melted edible fat, as by taking the fat from cooked bacon, mixing it with the spirit, then chilling the mixture so that the fat sets and can be removed, leaving the bacon-flavoured beverage.



noun an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea produced by a microbial culture supported by yeasts, some liquid being drawn off at intervals for consumption; thought to have health benefits. Also, kombucha tea. [Japanese] 


white pizza

noun a pizza without the customary tomato base; pizza bianca.

[English translation of pizza bianca lit., pizza white] 


Vote now for your favourite word(s) from 2013. 


(Image courtesy of Wikipedia: Mgarten)

Join the discussion!

Please sign in to post a comment. Not a member? Join Macquarie Dictionary today!

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post a comment!