American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flavored and sweetened milk pudding thickened with cornstarch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In cookery, a name of different preparations of the consistency of jelly, variously composed of dissolved isinglass, arrowroot, corn-starch, etc., with milk and flavoring substances. It is frequently made from a marine alga, Chondrus crispus, called Irish moss, which is common on the coasts of Europe and North America. The blancmanger mentioned by Chaucer in the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, 1. 387, was apparently a compound made of capon minced with flour, sugar, and cream.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Cookery) A preparation for desserts, etc., made from isinglass, sea moss, cornstarch, or other gelatinous or starchy substance, with mild, usually sweetened and flavored, and shaped in a mold.
- n. sweet almond-flavored milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch; usually molded
- Old French: blanc mangier (white food) (Wiktionary)
- Middle English blankmanger, a dish made with almond milk, from Old French blanc mangier : blanc, white (of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots) + mangier, to eat, food (from Latin manducāre; see manger). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To serve, dip the jelly mould into a bowl of hot water to loosen the blancmange from the mould, then quickly turn it out into the centre of a serving plate.”
“I became hooked on freshly-pressed passion-fruit purée and probably drank several glasses a day, and also on the gorgeous pudim de maracuja, something like passion-fruit blancmange only delicious in a way that the term 'blancmange' would seem to render pretty unlikely, which my favourite rather scruffy neighbourhood restaurant, the "Tangerina", served.”
“But isn't that "blancmange" if I'm remembering my Monty Python correctly?”
“First person I’ve ever seen who’s writing style is best described as blancmange fFreddy”
“Third: Be classy and smart, or at least sound classy and smart - brush up on the history of some rare wines, find out about good music (doesn't include death metal), and learn how to pronounce 'blancmange'.”
“Then she nailed "blancmange", a moulded dessert, and "baignoire", a low theatre box.”
“Remember the fuss everybody made about Jason Reitman's blancmange dish Up in the Air last year?”
“The financial correspondent of the Telegraph referred to it as “hitting the market with all the impact of a feather coming to rest on a blancmange”, an insult which has rankled ever since.”
“And it is weird to get off a boring old commuter train to be faced on the platform with a vast embonpoint, half swathed in shiny scarlet shantung silk, half exposed, like being attacked by a giant blancmange with strawberries.”
“Aldi, Germany's favourite bonko-thrifty purveyors of alarmingly pink sandwich meats has been operating its "no-frills supermarkets" in the UK for more than 20 years now, and is currently enjoying a boost in sales following the economy collapsing like a blancmange in a microwave.”
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