When it comes to writing a menu, word choice is very important. Blanched: A food that was scalded in boiling water and then moved to cold water to stop cooking. Blackened: A food that was dipped in butter and coated with spices before being cooked in a hot pan, resulting in a blackened appearance.
May result in a glossy appearance and thin, crisp outer layer.
Seared: A food that is cooked in a small amount of fat until caramelized and then finished by roasting, grilling, or another method.
Results in a crisp outer texture and tender interior.
Infused: A food that has been steeped in liquid with another ingredient in order to extract the flavor of the ingredient. Marinated: A food (usually meat) that has been soaked in liquid containing flavorful ingredients like herbs, spices, vinegar, and oil.
Poached: Food that has been cooked in nearly boiling liquid. Roasted: Food that has been cooked with dry heat in an oven or over a fire.