Food starting with D

List of foods that start with D

Food and drinks, from complete dishes to flavorings and beyond.

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Danish

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Danish describes anything relating to Denmark, people from Denmark, the language spoken in Denmark and a kind of pastry.

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Date

Scientific name: phoenix dactylifera

Dates are the fruit of the date palm. Dates are about 2 inches long, and very sweet. They are usually sold dried, with their seed removed. Dates are common in Middle Eastern food, and are the main ingredient of sticky date pudding.

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Dessert

A dessert is a sweet course of a meal that is usually served at the end, after the main course. Most people have dessert after dinner. A dessert can be almost anything that is sweet and tastes good - cake, pudding or icecream are some examples.

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Dice

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Dicing food is a way of chopping food up with a knife into cubes of roughly equal size. Cutting food up this way makes the food cook more evenly, and is also nice to look at.

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Dill

Scientific name: anethum graveolens

Dill is a feathery herb that can grow up to a metre tall. It can be grown easily from seed in spring and summer. It grows so easily from seed that once you have a dill plant go to seed once you will have dill everywhere!
Dill can be used in lots of different types of cooking but goes best with fish and potatoes. The fresh leaves are usually used, cut up finely and sprinkled over food.

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Dinner

Dinner is the meal you eat at the end of the day, usually at around 5 or 6 o'clock. Dinner can be anything, but is usually some kind of meat and some vegetables.

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Dip

A dip can be one of many things. As a verb, you dip something by lowering it briefly into a liquid, for example the person in the picture is dipping some bread. The semi-liquid food he is dipping the bread into is also called a dip. Dips are very tasty, can be made from virtually anything, and are usually served with some kind of bread. Many dips are made with a yoghurt base.
A dip is also a shallow dent or depression in the ground, often seen where a drain crosses a road.

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Dissolve

You dissolve a solid in a liquid by mixing the solid around until it seems to disappear. Once the solid is completely dissolved, the resulting solution behaves exactly like a liquid. Solids won't dissolve in any liquid, they must be soluble in them. For example, table salt is soluble in water but not in oil.
Solids that do not dissolve in a liquid but are mixed into a liquid can be removed with a filter. Filtering is an effective way to remove very fine particles of dirt from water.

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Donut

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A donut, also spelt doughnut, is a sweet, fried batter-based food. Donuts are traditionally cooked as a ring shape with a hole in the middle.
Donuts can be served in many flavours, with the traditional flavour being sugarspice or cinnamon donuts, which are dipped in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Donuts can also be sugar glazed, iced with chocolate, iced with ordinary icing, and iced donuts can have sprinkles stuck to the icing too.

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Dough

Dough is a soft substance made mostly from flour mixed with things like butter, water, eggs or milk. Dough is what things like bread and pastries are made from before they are cooked and can be eaten.