Cup conversion issues


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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7 Responses

  1. Ya slacker — Still waiting for you to take the Starbucks Challenge 😉

  2. plum says:

    At one point I was cooking a lot of North American recipes and sought out a graded cup measure just so that I didn’t have to keep converting in my head all the time. But after a while, it became automatic.Now, however, a couple of years down the track, I’ve forgotten it all! Why can’t the world go metric and have a SI for cups??? If Nigella can go metric ….

  3. Alanna says:

    Oh this makes me laugh! For some reason, my mother’s kitchen was only stocked with metric cups, perhaps the only thing to be found at the hardware store in the small town on the US/Canadian border where my parents lived. After she died, my NON-COOK father immediately replaced them with US measuring cups/spoons. Oh the “making do” some of us do — and some of us can’t! Thanks for bringing back the memory! AK

  4. Caroline says:

    And I thought I was the only one getting my head into knots about the cups issue! Alanna, I must admit that I have a distinct preference for the old imperial system – I still have my mother and grandmother’s formula for queencakes (4-4-6-2) off by heart! But, even I have to admit that times have changed and I’m now well used to metric. Coming to NZ and discovering firstly, that I had to use cups, and secondly, that they differ from American cups put me in a real quandary at first. I had the Boyfriend converting from metric to cups one night and I ended up with some rather strange measurements as a result. It’s difficult to be figuring out what .28 of a cup is! But the pudding (Nigella’s Sticky Toffee one) worked fine and I’ve not been too phased since. Have you ever had a disaster while converting from US to Australian cups, Plum?

    green LA girl: I haven’t forgotten your challenge and, as a matter of fact, I took it last week. I just need to find five minutes to write it up now!

  5. Barbara says:

    I never both with different cups but I do make sure I’ve got the correct tablesppon measurement.Re Starbucks challenge – I checked out my local Starbucks and they have Trade Me coffee advertised on the board. I refuse to patronise Starbucks but it is advertised there.

  6. plum says:

    Mmmn, no it’s pretty much been okay and I wanted the cup more for the liquid measures eg 4 ounces of juice etc than the cup things. I hardly bake at all these days and that’s where I figure you need to be precise. Otherwise, it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Remember, this is the girl who used her hands as scales recently!!

  7. Caroline says:

    That’s how I do most of my cooking too – it’s just when it comes down to the baking that precise measurements come into play. Although, as I said above, I’ve gotten away with using NZ instead of American cups in a recipe for chocolate cake. I should try making it with both and seeing which turns out best!

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