One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually en cocotteA covered, heatproof dish or casserole in which food can be both cooked and served; a Dutch oven.
- ‘No less vigorous are lobster en cocotte in a bracing citrus-seafood broth, and free-range chicken leg on barley risotto strewn with caramelized cauliflower.’
- ‘This dish is a sort of poshed up egg en cocotte, baked with ham and tomato.’
- ‘Very soon he will put versions of Escoffier-era classics like sole Veronique and lamb en cocotte on the à la carte menu.’
- ‘The eggs en cocotte that he served for dinner were very heavily garnished with truffles and buried in cream, with a mantle of cheese.’
- ‘You shouldn't come here merely to revel in birthdays and anniversaries but to focus on and swoon over dishes like sweetbreads en cocotte with ginger and licorice.’
2dated A fashionable prostitute.
- ‘All of her female characters are brilliantly realised: worldly wife, sophisticated cocotte, ingenue, free spirit, prude.’
- ‘Coquette and cocotte were equally part of the era's imaginary representations of women.’
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