words I ran across a few new-to-me words this week.

The first three are from The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand.

banquette– a long bench with an upholstered seat, esp. one along a wall, as in a restaurant.

“that had a blackboard menu and banquettes that used to be church pews”

confit- (I’ve heard this several times on cooking shows, but wasn’t quite sure what it was.) meat, such as duck, that has been salted and then cooked and preserved in its own fat.

gaufrette– a thin crisp fan-shaped French wafer, often served alongside a dessert

“duck confit on a gaufrette

This one is from Eyewitness to Jesus by Carsten Peter Thiede and Matthew D’Ancona.

tessera– one of the small pieces used in mosaic work.

“those tesserae, those small pieces of the Matthean mosaic” 

And then I have one that is used a lot, but when Amber asked what it meant, I couldn’t quite define it. We were reading Viva Cisco by Patrick Shannon.

glen– a small, narrow, secluded valley. (Yes, I should have known this one, but I guess I only had a general idea. Sad, I know.)

Any new words for you this week? Play along at Bermudaonion’s Weblog.