This appears to be a pertinent question. Many of the hits that I get via the search engines come from people who are confused about capers. From “What is a caper”? to “Pictures of capers”, the queries come pouring in.
Here’s a general definition of the sort of caper that these searchers are looking for:
A pickled flower bud of a usually spiny Mediterranean shrub (Capparis spinosa), used as a pungent condiment in sauces, relishes, and various other dishes.
I seldom use capers in day-to-day cooking, however I admit that I often have them on hand, and I use them in exactly the manner mentioned above – used in sauces, relishes, salads, and other dishes that benefit from a little touch of “pickled”.
When we were first searching for a domain name to describe our “foodie” interests, a number of possibilites came to mind. Most, of course, were already taken. After a bit of brainstorming, “Cuisine Capers” became the obvious choice. It rolls off the tongue and has some nice alliteration. As an added bonus, the play on the word “Caper” was too appealing to pass up.
Of course, the meaning of Capers in Cuisine Capers runs more along the following lines:
A frivolous escapade or prank.
Yes, that works for me.