Sunday, October 15, 2006

Food Trivia Quiz

The talented quizzer Anatha Narayan, whose live quiz I've been fortunate to attend, has been kind enough to let me to use this quiz from his blog. Leave comments if you wish, but please email (fafferina[at]gmail[dot]com) me the answers. I will post the answers and your scores in 2 weeks time or when the answers stop coming in, whichever comes first. Enjoy!

1. In 1853, George Crum, the chef of Moon’s Lake House, a restaurant in New York, created this hugely popular snack in response to a complaint from a fastidious diner. What?
Potato Chips. The complaint was that the fried potato served was not crispy enough. So the chef sliced the potato paper-thin, salted them heavily and refried them.

Jaali chips
Microwave Plantain chips

2. Who wrote the cookbook ‘An Excellent and Most Useful Little Work, Essential to All Who Wish to Become Acquainted with Some Exquisite Recipes’ way back in 1555?

3. Botanists call it Hibiscus Cannabinus. How do we know it better?

On "googling", I learned that Gongura (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is actually a variant of Hibiscus cannanibus. So I've given points for both Gongura and Kenaf.

Some Gongura recipes

4. Which fruit gets the most mentions in the Bible?
The Fig

Fig Walnut Kulfi

5. What’s
a) Chinese for ‘Touch your heart’
Dim Sum

b) Hindi for ‘Handkerchief Bread’
Roomali Roti

c) Portuguese for ‘Wine of garlic’

d) French for ‘To blow or puff up’

Bread Bowl Souffle

e) Spanish for ‘Omelette’

6. In 1876, what was introduced as “Blessed relief for Mother and the other women in the household”?
Heinz Ketchup

7. Which was the first food to be Microwaved?

8. Marcel Boulestin did it first in 1937. Many have imitated him ever since. What am I talking about?
First TV Cook. Appeared in BBC’s Cook’s Night Out.

9. Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony
Stuck a feather in his hat
And called it ___________
Fill in the blanks. (sitter)

10. Created first by Fernand "Pete" Petiot, a bartender at Harry's NY Bar Paris, this drink was brought to America shortly after repeal of prohibition. The name of the drink was changed to the Red Snapper for a while, but eventually the original name was chosen. Name the drink. Bloody Mary

The scores:

Archana 10
Asha 8.8
Elizabeth 10
Maneka 10
Ranjani 8.2
Tweety 8

Congratulations to all the partcipants!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Food Trivia 1

This popular food is called 'poor knights pudding' or 'poor knights of Windsor' in England. What do we know it as?

Thank y'all for your comments. Yes, it is indeed the humble French Toast or Pain Perdu.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


My own blog, finally!