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When the recipe says 'half a cup' how much does it mean?

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mollysawally Wed 09-Jul-08 12:59:09


RubySlippers Wed 09-Jul-08 13:00:30

it is an american measurement

mollysawally Wed 09-Jul-08 13:02:23

How much is half a cup though?

chisigirl Wed 09-Jul-08 13:03:05


Mimsy2000 Wed 09-Jul-08 13:03:56

2 cups = 1 pint

so 1/4 pint then

ten10 Wed 09-Jul-08 13:04:46

50g / 2oz is half a cup (i think)

mollysawally Wed 09-Jul-08 13:04:50

Thank you

kiskidee Wed 09-Jul-08 13:05:16

it means 4 oz. or like chisigirl says.

utterlyconfused Wed 09-Jul-08 13:05:19

If all the measurements are in cups it doesn't really matter as long as you keep the proportions right.

Isn't there a difference between a US and UK cup?

RubySlippers Wed 09-Jul-08 13:05:49

i do that Utterly ...

ten10 Wed 09-Jul-08 13:06:48

Have just found this on a website,
prepared to be completely confused

Here are A FEW COMMON FOODS and their conversion from cups to grams (notice how much the weight varies!):

Granulated sugar: 1 cup = 200 grams
Brown sugar: 1 cup, packed = 220 grams
Sifted white flour: 1 cup = 125 grams
White rice, uncooked: 1 cup = 185 grams
White rice, cooked: 1 cup = 175 grams
Butter: 1 cup = 227 grams
Almonds, slivered: 1 cup = 108 grams
Oil: 1 cup = 224 grams
Maple syrup: 1 cup = 322 grams
Milk, non-fat: 1 cup = 245 grams
Milk, sweetened condensed: 306 grams
Broccoli, flowerets: 1 cup = 71 grams
Raisins: 1 cup, packed = 165 grams
Milk, dry: 1 cup = 68 grams
Yogurt: 1 cup = 245 grams
Water: 1 cup = 236 grams
Confectioners sugar: 1 C = 110 g
Cocoa: 1 C = 125 g

LavenderMist Wed 09-Jul-08 13:15:34

well, of course, because cups are a measurement of volume, and grams are of weight.IMO it is ridiculous to measure solid stuff by volume abyway, as it makes such a difference how tightly you pack it.

Foxymolly Wed 09-Jul-08 17:04:04

Have to say it wasn't a success and dd hated it! Think I'll stick to recipes with english measurements next time!

itati Wed 09-Jul-08 17:15:00

What were you making?

Foxymolly Wed 09-Jul-08 17:26:21

Sounds gross but it was 'spinanch dahl'out of a babies recipe book.
Had rice, lentils, spinach, red pepper, tomato.
Wasn't nice though.

itati Wed 09-Jul-08 18:46:09

Spinach is a difficult one to get right and have it taste nice. I used to make a pasta dish with spinach and that was nice with cheese. I could look up some spinach recipes if you want as it is a great food for your children to like.

Foxymolly Wed 09-Jul-08 19:37:56

Thanks itati, That would be great.

I know she likes spanish as I used to give her spinach and sweet potato puree when I first started weaning her, but now she's older I was looking for recipes with spinach that were more like meals IYKWIM.

I liked the look of the dahl as it had lentils and I thought it would be another food I could get her used to, but I failed!

itati Wed 09-Jul-08 19:42:32

Cook the spinach following package directions. Press out excess water. Cook pasta. Melt butter in a small frying pan and saute the cooked spinach. mix the spinach with some milk and cheese and mix into the pasta.

itati Wed 09-Jul-08 19:49:01

Curried rice salad
Makes 6 adult portions

225g/8oz basmati rice
1 teaspoon turmeric
400g/14oz can green lentils, drained
100g/4oz peas, cooked
100g/4oz baby spinach, washed, stalks removed and finely chopped

60ml/4 tablespoons olive oil
15ml/1 tablespoon soy sauce
15ml/1 tablespoon mango chutney
1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder

Cook the rice in water until tender, add the turmeric. Stir in the lentils, peas and spinach. Mix together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Chill.

Serve with kebabs or burgers.

Foxymolly Wed 09-Jul-08 19:51:23

Brilliant, I like the recipes where I don't need a hundred and one fancy ingredients. That's her dinner sorted for tomorrow.

Thank you itati

Foxymolly Wed 09-Jul-08 19:53:13

The curry salsd sounds lovely,thats what I was trying to do today, something like that.
I'm gonna make that for all of us smile

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