Before I kick off this post, I’ll just give you a moment to appreciate the brilliant wittiness of this post title.
I’ve noticed a lot of new blends (or portmanteaus if you will, or perhaps even portmanteaux) lately. And most of them seem to come from cooking. Whether it’s with terms for utensils or the food itself, in the world of cooking words are chopped, sliced and diced, and then plated up in a new way.
Take turducken (or if, like me, the concept frightens you, perhaps leave it alone). A dish consisting of chicken stuffed in duck stuffed in turkey.
Bleeeuch. Pass. Drop the ‘ucken’ and you’ve got my thoughts on this concept.
If turducken’s not your thing either, perhaps you’d prefer this concept I recently saw in Sunday Life (part of The Sunday Age):
|Again with the amazing photography.|
Cronuts. ‘Then God created the cronut, a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.’
Two things immediately come to mind:
- Hooray! Someone else still spells it ‘doughnut’! I thought I was the only one!
- OH MY DELICIOUS GOODNESS! A cross between a croissant and a doughnut! DROOL.
The ever-reliable Google tells me that this is a cronut:
But if food blends aren’t your thing, you can get your blend fix from utensils. I recently saw this in my local supermarket:
A spoonula. Because sometimes, a spoon and/or a spatula just won’t do.
I’m not really a fan of these blends. If they catch on, great, and I’ll welcome them to the lexical universe. But spoonula in particular just feels like it’s trying too hard. And ‘spatula’ isn’t the only thing that ends in ‘ula’. As someone who has spent some time in hospital, I can tell you that ‘spoonula’ doesn’t make me think of something that’s half-spoon, half-spatula.
But at least it hasn’t gone as far as Buzzfeed did with their 10 Awesome Turkey Recipes in 2010.
Number 8 on their list? Turbaconduckenriblets.
What are turbaconduckenriblets? They are ‘made of riblets individually wrapped in bacon stuffed with stuffing into a deboned chicken, wrapped in bacon stuffed with stuffing into a deboned duck, wrapped in bacon stuffed with stuffing into a deboned turkey, wrapped in woven bacon strips.’
Clear the way, people. I think I’m going to be sick.
Seen any crazy blends out there in the wide world of food and cooking?