Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Translucent

Translucent is a nice word. It always makes me slightly hungry as it reminds me of 'suculent' and is most commonly encountered in cookery books referring to fried onions. I do like fried onions.

If something is translucent it allows light to pass through diffusely - just as partialy cooked onions probably do (I've never actually fished one out the pan to test that). It's also described as semi-transparent.

Can you think of anything other than onions which is translucent?

20 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - Translucent onions ... also they give off that wonderful aroma - home cooked food on the go. I thought when I saw your photo that it was of fresh sprouts sprouting - i.e. doing what they do ... the growing shoots are translucent .... cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, jellyfish. Never eaten one of those though.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Aliens

Many aliens are translucent. Ask Thor

Chrys Fey said...

I like fried onions too. Hmm...would shrimp count as translucent?

Christine Rains said...

Ghosts! :) Translucent is a nice word on the tongue. It's fun to say.

oscar case said...

Some windows are translucent, but I like fried onions better.

Patsy said...

They do smell yummy, Hilary.

Yes, some seed sprouts are translucent - though oddly, not those of onions.

Patsy said...

They are, Alex. I've never eaten one either. I'd have to be extremly hungry to want to try.

Patsy said...

I believe you, Mac.

Patsy said...

Shelled and raw ones would, Chrys.

Patsy said...

It is a nice word and I'm sure you're right that ghosts could be translucent.

Patsy said...

You'd want windows if you were having the weather we are, Oscar.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I like that word. Fine gauze - maybe covering the ghost?

Maria said...

Yes, but it's very boring. Translucent tubing is used in the food and pharmaceutical industry.

I don't use it myself, but I believe you can get translucent face powder too.

Rosemary Johnson said...

Translucent is a great word. But my husband HATES onions. He picks them out of those packs of Chinese mixed vegetables. What he really dislikes about onions is that, when they're cooked, they go translucent so he can't see the little so-and-sos.

Neil Waring said...

Made me hungry and wishing spring was closer so I could get the garden growing. Oh- stain glass Christmas candy, translucent and tasty.

Patsy said...

I think that qualifies, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

Is that tubing the stuff they use for sausage skins, Maria?

I've heard of translucent powder - not sure it really is though. Or maybe it all is if we use a thin enough layer? Starting to confuse myself now.

Patsy said...

Hates onions? That must make cooking difficult. It would for me anyway as I put them in just about every savoury dish.

Patsy said...

Chocolate is also translucent, Neil. At least, if you put some near me you'll very soon be able to see through the space where it was.