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Spiegelgewurz

English translation: Any flavouring which mimics another

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19:37 Jun 15, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Science
German term or phrase: Spiegelgewurz
Help, please, with Speigelgewurz in the context of herbs.
Warwick Rodden
English translation:Any flavouring which mimics another
Explanation:
This took some work and it's probably too late but I wanted to share what I learned. I spoke with all of my elderly relatives, opting for the Old Ones because they still cook from scratch. I also talked with several acquaintances who make their living as chefs. And, finally, I reviewed some of my well-loved cookbooks dating back to the early '50s. While no-one has heard of the term Spiegelgewürz the consensus seems to be that this is any herb, spice, or compound which can reasonably be substituted for another to produce the same or a similar flavour. White pepper vs black. Sodium chloride (salt) vs. potassium chloride (salt substitute). Thyme vs summer savoury. If you ever have the opportunity to talk to a German chef you might want to ask her/him. I would really be interested in an "authoritative" definition. If you do get one or have one would you please pass it on to me?
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Anka Andrews
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Summary of answers provided
naAny flavouring which mimics anotherAnka Andrews
naSpargelgewürz = asparagus spice mixtureDan McCrosky
naSpiegelgewürz?
Dagmar Gove
nasee belowMargitH
nasee below
Elinor Thomas


  

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13 mins
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Explanation:
is it Spiegel or Speigel?
anyway it's a kind of spice...

Elinor Thomas
Local time: 05:14
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 80
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2 hrs
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Explanation:
Neither "Spiegelgewuerz" nor "Speigelgewuerz" can be found via Alta Vista. I suggest to search for "Gewuerz" and then send e-mails to some of the spice dealers and ask them whether they know this kind of spice (see one below).


    Reference: http://www.munzert-gewuerze.de/
MargitH
Local time: 09:14
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 39
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4 hrs
Spiegelgewürz?


Explanation:
I checked my German herb-book and couldn't find anything. Maybe it's a local description. Is it possible to find out the latin name?

Dagmar Gove
Local time: 08:14
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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12 hrs
Spargelgewürz = asparagus spice mixture


Explanation:
Just a guess because it is that time of year here in Germany. Besides that, I get no hits in my Duden, Cassells or Langenscheidt dictionaries nor at Alta Vista, Yahoo or Northern Light for Spiegelgewürz, or course I did not get any for Spargelgewürz either.

Dan McCrosky
Local time: 09:14
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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6 days
Any flavouring which mimics another


Explanation:
This took some work and it's probably too late but I wanted to share what I learned. I spoke with all of my elderly relatives, opting for the Old Ones because they still cook from scratch. I also talked with several acquaintances who make their living as chefs. And, finally, I reviewed some of my well-loved cookbooks dating back to the early '50s. While no-one has heard of the term Spiegelgewürz the consensus seems to be that this is any herb, spice, or compound which can reasonably be substituted for another to produce the same or a similar flavour. White pepper vs black. Sodium chloride (salt) vs. potassium chloride (salt substitute). Thyme vs summer savoury. If you ever have the opportunity to talk to a German chef you might want to ask her/him. I would really be interested in an "authoritative" definition. If you do get one or have one would you please pass it on to me?

Anka Andrews
PRO pts in pair: 26
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