Caper \Ca"per\, n. A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank. To cut a caper, to frolic; to make a sportive spring; to play a prank. --Shak. Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) William to the rescue again. (Were you aware that he increased the vocabulary of the English language by 50%?) I'm not sure if the flower of the Capparis spinosa L. is an endangered species, but the bud tends to get whipped off fairly quickly to be pickled as a caper. And - if the blossom survives and fruits - it's also whipped off and pickled as a caper berry. Which is bigger and softer. Here's a recipe for a crash-hot accompaniment to a nice white fish filet: Heat a couple of tablespoons of butter until it's foaming, add some lemon zest, juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon or so of caper berries. Pour it over your fish. Perfect. The ancient Greeks used the caper as a carminativum for its antispasmodic activity against cramps of the digestive system in combination with flatulence. TMI. I don't think I really wanted to know that.
Saturday, 9 June 2007
Posted by John Burland @ 9:33 am