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(BAN-muh-ree) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio
plural bains-marie

noun: A large pan containing hot water in which smaller pans may be set to cook food slowly or to keep food warm.

[French, from Medieval Latin balneum Mariae, bath of Maria, probably after Maria, an early alchemist.]

"In fact, this English method is more akin to baking in a bain-marie, because the food container is in contact with the simmering water, and devised for cooks with no oven."
Geraldene Holt; Kitchenalia; Independent on Sunday (London, UK); Feb 4, 1996.

This week's theme: Words related to eating and food


A raindrop, dripping from a cloud, / Was ashamed when it saw the sea. / `Who am I where there is a sea?' it said. / When it saw itself with the eye of humility, / A shell nurtured it in its embrace. -Saadi of Shiraz (c. 1200 AD)

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