Does "kook" refer explicitly to boiling? All along, I had been thinking it would apply to braising, baking, roasting, broiling, grilling, frying, sautéing, or any other manner of cooking food.
"Ik kook" applies to everything just like "I cook". However if you say "Ik kook een ei(tje)" it will refer to "boiling" the egg.
How would you say the cook is frying the egg, or poaching the egg?
Would fry be "bakken"?
I am curious about this as well. How does one differentiate between boiling an egg and cooking it in a different manner?
de kok bakte een eitje
de kok pocheerde een eitje
Fry = bakte
Is there anything else it applies to? Does it mean boiling because of the "tje", or because it's specifically an egg?
Because it's an egg. A boiled egg can be a "gekookt ei" or a "gekookt eitje", I believe.
From what I can tell (just a dutch learner), "kook" means both "cooking" (in general using any technique) and is also the word specifically for boiling. I guess the dutch used to mostly boil things?
Edit: see http://nl.wiktionary.org/wiki/boil
This is also used here:
De kok kookt water = The cook is boiling water.
My language (Indonesian) also uses this style:
Kok = cook = koki
Koken = to cook = memasak
Water = air
Koki (sedang) memasak air.
Why would you use the diminutive here for egg?
No real reason, except that this sentence belongs in the Diminutive skill, where we have to teach people about those.
Thank you. So, I gather, it doesn't mean anything in particular?
Could eitjes be used for small pieces of egg, in the same way that uitjes can be small pieces of diced onion?
Not that I am aware of.