How many food words do you know that begin with the letter C?
There are, of course, thousands of words in the English language that start with the letter C, but as this is a food blog, we’ll stick with just the foods!
Cabbage is a versatile vegetable, often found in coleslaw, stir-fries, and a side dish with a roast dinner.
There are hundreds of different types of cabbage—some examples including the famous Savoy, Red, White and Pointed.
Cakes are typically made from flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, with different flavours adding according to the variety being made.
Enjoy a celebratory birthday cake, or at any occasion including weddings and christenings, or, of course, afternoon tea!
Most kitchens have the essential baking equipment needed to mix and bake a cake; the question is, which cake will you bake?
Carrots are a staple in many peoples diets. Carrots are often eaten steamed, boiled or roasted with potatoes and parsnips, making them commonly cooked root vegetables.
Carrots are often added to soups and stews, with carrot soup being one of the nation’s favourites.
Carrots can also be enjoyed raw, either grated into a salad or coleslaw or dunked into a tasty dip such as hummus.
Cauliflower is excellent in salads, soups, curry or roasted with oil and herbs.
Cauliflower cheese is a typical side dish that is simple to make and often served with a roast dinner.
Cauliflower has become increasingly popular as a low-carb and keto ingredient, especially in cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, and cauliflower pizza base.
Celeriac can be pickled, roasted or made into soups, stews and purees.
Celery is a crunchy green vegetable that can be enjoyed raw, grated into a salad or coleslaw, or dunk into a tasty dip such as hummus.
Celery is also frequently used in soups, stews, and casseroles to provide a delicious extra taste.
Recipes where celery is the main star include celery soup and celery juice. Celery juice has seen a recent upswing in popularity as people sip celery shots for health reasons.
A bowl of cereal is often the first thing we eat when we get up in the morning before work or school.
Cereal is typically made from oats, rice and corn (not usually combined) and can be enjoyed with milk, fruit juice or even water!
Cereal foods are generally healthy, but some cereals have too much sugar to be considered good for you.
Chard is a leafy green vegetable related to spinach. It has a lovely earthy taste and can be used in salads or stir-fries or eaten as a side dish with mashed potato.
Chard is prepared by removing the stalks and then cooking, like spinach.
All cheeses are made by adding an acid (typically rennet) to milk to separate it into curds which can be made into cheese.
Hard cheeses are pressed for several hours to remove most of the moisture, while soft ones are left for a shorter time to preserve more water.
Cheesecake is a type of sweet cake made with soft white cheese or cream cheese.
Although not containing any actual cheese, cheesecakes are often flavoured with lemon juice, vanilla extract and spices such as cinnamon.
As well as various cheesecake flavours, there are also several ways to make cheesecake, with both baking and non-bake methods possible.
Cherries are a delicious summer fruit that can be enjoyed whole or used in various dishes, including desserts, cakes, and sauces.
Recipes using cherries include cherry Bakewell, cherry pie and cherry smoothies.
Chicken is a versatile, lean meat that’s simple to cook and full of flavour. Chicken can be enjoyed in sandwiches or with your favourite side dishes.
Chicken is an excellent ingredient for making salads as it adds a boost of protein.
Chillies are the fruit of plants from the Capsicum family, which includes peppers and paprika. Chillies are mainly used as a spicy seasoning or condiment.
There are many different types of chillies, with the most famous being the Scotch Bonnet. Other popular types of chillies include jalapeno, habanero and Thai bird’s eye chillies.
Recipes using chilli include a variety of salsas, sauces, curries and soups. Chillies can even be added to desserts such as chocolate mousse!
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It’s possible to use tinned chickpeas that are pre-cooked; although it’s also possible to buy them dried and cook them yourself, they will need to be soaked first.
Chives are a member of the onion family and have a mild garlic flavour. They can be chopped into salads or made into chive butter, which can then be spread onto bread or garlic toast.
Most people love chocolate, and it’s one of the most popular sweet treats in the world. It’s also versatile as it can be enjoyed on its own but is often used as an ingredient in other desserts.
Chorizo sausage is a traditional Spanish sausage made from coarsely ground pork and spices, bound together with vinegar or wine.
Chorizo can be eaten on its own or added to other dishes such as paella, soup, or a chicken and chorizo traybake.
Cider is an alcoholic drink made by fermenting apple juice. The type of apples used for making cider is very tart, so it has a robust taste.
Different types of cider include dry, medium and sweet. It can be enjoyed on its own or paired with specific foods such as cheese, slow-cooked gammon and pork crackling.
Cinnamon comes from the bark of an evergreen tree and is mainly used in desserts and adds flavour to savoury dishes such as curries, soups and vegetable traybakes.
Cinnamon can be used ground or as a cinnamon stick.
Cloud bread is simply a low-carb substitute for regular bread. Cloud bread is made with cream cheese, eggs and either baking powder or baking soda.
Recipes with cloud bread include sandwiches, toast or even french toast.
Coconut is a delicious fruit that can be enjoyed on its own or used in many different sweet and savoury dishes.
Sweet coconut recipes include coconut macaroons, coconut ice cream and coconut cake.
Savoury dishes include Thai green curry, coconut crusted chicken and coconut rice.
Cod is a lean, white fish that can be baked, poached or cooked in the form of fishcakes. It’s also popular as part of a fish and chips dish too.
Because it’s such a simple dish with a less intense flavour on its own, it absorbs other flavours quickly. This means it can be paired with various ingredients, such as curry spices or pesto.
Cod recipes include fish pie, cod and chips and lemon baked cod.
Coffee is often enjoyed as a hot drink, but there are also many other ways to enjoy it.
It can be added to desserts such as coffee cake and even savoury dishes such as chilli con Carne.
There are many different ways to make coffee at home, with various coffee machines to help the experience.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made from potatoes mashed with cabbage or kale, sometimes also including other vegetables such as leeks.
It can be served on its own or as a side dish, often with some form of meat such as bacon or sausages.
Coleslaw is a side dish made by mixing vegetables such as white cabbage, carrots and celery with mayonnaise or salad dressing.
It’s usually served chilled and goes well alongside most main meals too.
Sweet coleslaw recipes include apple coleslaw, red cabbage coleslaw and even watermelon coleslaw.
Cookies are a popular sweet treat that can be enjoyed on their own as a simple snack but also used as an ingredient in recipes such as cookies and cream ice cream.
Cookies come in many different shapes and sizes, too, making them perfect for decorating and sharing with family and friends.
Coriander is often used to add flavour to dishes all around the world.
However, it’s very commonly enjoyed as a garnish too. This is because it has such a fresh taste that can enhance recipes.
It can be added straight onto your dish or blended with other herbs and spices to make an infusion.
Coriander can be used as a fresh herb, bought in the supermarket as a plant, or efficiently grown at home.
Coriander can also be dried, ground and used as a spice to add to curries, stews and soups.
Courgettes (or zucchini in the USA) make a great addition to many different recipes.
They’re mainly added as a healthy vegetable but can also be used to replace pasta in dishes such as lasagne and cannelloni. Courgetti is a popular substitute for spaghetti.
Courgette can be baked, fried, boiled or spiralised and eaten raw.
Couscous is a Middle Eastern dish made from semolina.
It can be served either hot or cold and is usually mixed with vegetables, meat or fish to make it even tastier.
Couscous recipes include vegetable curry couscous, lemon chicken with roasted vegetables and minted lamb chops with tomato couscous.
Cream is a dairy-based ingredient that can be added to many dishes.
It’s often used in sweet dishes, but it can also be used in pies or layered desserts, such as cheesecake.
There are different types of cream, including single, double or whipping. It can even be thickened with cornflour if it needs to be made thicker for a recipe.
Cream flavours include vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cream.
Crepes are very popular in France, where they are eaten according to the time of day. For example, they’re often served for breakfast or brunch with some fresh fruit and chocolate spread.
Crepes are also commonly filled with savoury ingredients such as cheese, vegetables or meat to make dinner-time meals.
Originating in France, croissants are a popular breakfast food in many countries around the world.
Croissants are made from yeast dough layered with butter within the recipe to create the flaky texture that makes croissants so tasty.
Freshly baked croissants are the best, and if you don’t have anywhere local, you can buy some; this famous pastry can be made from scratch at home or with the help of a breadmaker.
Crumpets are small, circular discs made from yeast dough.
They’re often toasted and served with butter before being eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, filled with jam, honey, peanut butter, or savoury toppings, including cheese or scrambled eggs.
The texture of the crumpet is much lighter than that of a regular roll or loaf of bread due to the air bubbles created in the dough during cooking.
A cupcake is a small, individual cake that is usually baked by the dozen.
They are straightforward to make and can be mixed up quickly according to your preferences or the occasion, such as Christmas cupcakes for festive get-togethers.
There are various cupcake flavours, with popular choices including chocolate, vanilla, lemon and blueberry.
Cucumbers are very refreshing summer vegetables that have high water content.
Cucumbers are often found in salads and popular dips such as tzatziki, a combination of cucumber, yoghurt, garlic, and mint.
Custard is the perfect sweet accompaniment for desserts such as crumbles, pies and trifles.
It can be made from scratch at home by following recipes, but it’s also possible to buy custard powder that you mix with milk or water before cooking it.
Vanilla custard is the most popular variety, but other flavours include chocolate or raspberry.
Cumin is an aromatic spice that comes from the seeds of a plant in the parsley family.
It has a strong, peppery flavour and is often used in curries and stews to give them an extra kick; cumin seeds can also be placed straight into dishes without having to be ground down first.
There are hundreds of different curry recipes from all around the world, and they vary depending on whether you’re cooking Indian, Thai or Chinese food.
Different ingredients such as spices, herbs and vegetables are used to create different curries such as rogan josh, korma and biryani.
A popular Indian dish is chicken tikka masala, which has a creamy tomato sauce that can be served with rice or naan bread.