Food & drink 41

From the quiz on 6/6/17.

  1. Chester Cheetah is the mascot of which brand of American savoury snacks produced by Frito-Lay? Cheetos

  2. What is the usual British English name for what are known in North America as fava beans? Broad beans

  3. The premium beefsteak known as an entrecôte is cut from between which bones? Ribs

  4. Which liqueur’s logo depicts a glowing Christian cross between the antlers of a stag in reference to the hunters St Hubertus and St Eustace? Jägermeister

  5. What is the common name of the herb of the celery family known botanically as Anethum graveolens, whose seeds and leaves are commonly used to flavour sauces, fish and pickles? Dill

  6. The Chorleywood process is used in the production of which foodstuff? Bread

  7. Scho-Ka-Kola is a popular brand of caffeine-rich kola nut chocolate from which European country? Germany

  8. Which liqueur’s bottle features a knotted white cord wrapped around its “waist” in imitation of a friar’s habit? Frangelico

  9. A snickerdoodle is a type of American cookie traditionally rolled in sugar and which spice? Cinnamon

  10. Blueberry cheesecake, French salt, jasmine tea, apple pie, rum and raisin, fruit parfait, ginger ale, purple yam and apple vinegar are among the many unusual variants of which chocolate bar? KitKat

Food & drink 40

From the quiz on 16/5/17.

  1. Which meat is used to make a traditional cottage pie? (Minced) beef

  2. What is the English equivalent of what is known in France as a boulangerie? Bakery

  3. Which American chemist lends his surname to a test and scale used to measure the piquancy of chilli peppers? (Wilbur) Scoville

  4. Which Italian drink is combined with gin in the classical British cocktail known as gin and it? Vermouth

  5. German turnip is an alternative name for which cabbage-like vegetable, whose name literally means “cabbage turnip” in German? Kohlrabi

  6. Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the world’s largest market for what type of food? Seafood/fish

  7. What name, from the French for “mixture”, is given to a dessert of fruit preserved or cooked in syrup? Compote

  8. What must be added to sparkling wine, usually champagne, to make a Black Velvet cocktail? Stout (often Guinness)

  9. Bulgogi, galbi and samgyeopsal are among the many popular barbecue dishes from which Asian country? South Korea

  10. Which traditional English drink may be described botanically as “Taraxacum officinale and Arctium lappa”? Dandelion and burdock

Food & drink 39

From the quiz on 25/4/17.

  1. What is the name, meaning “thirty” in Italian, of the largest drink size available at Starbucks (although not in the UK)? Trenta

  2. What name, from the Tupi for “dregs” and “squeeze out”, is given to the hard white grains of starch obtained from the root of the cassava plant? Tapioca

  3. What name is given to the common cocktail ingredient typically made by mixing sugar and water in the ratio 2:1 with the addition of gum arabic? Gomme syrup

  4. Cuberdons are traditional raspberry-flavoured conical sweets from which European country? Belgium

  5. Phyllis Pechey was the real name of which English celebrity chef? Fanny Cradock

  6. Which American restaurant chain was advertised in the 1980s and 90s by a red rabbit-eared character known as The Noid? Domino’s

  7. Basashi is a Japanese dish of which animal’s meat, sliced thin and served raw? Horse

  8. Louis de Béchamel, after whom bechamel sauce is named, was steward to which King Louis of France? Louis XIV

  9. The Maipo, Rapel, Casablanca and Elqui Valleys are important wine regions in which South American country? Chile

  10. In a classic French dish created by Auguste Escoffier, which fruit is served belle Hélène, that is, poached and served with ice cream and chocolate sauce? Pear

Food & drink 38

From the quiz on 28/3/17.

  1. What name, from the Swedish for “slice of bread and butter” and “table”, is given to a Scandinavian buffet of various hot and cold dishes? Smörgåsbord

  2. Which drink is made from the leaves and buds of the shrub Camellia sinensis? Tea

  3. Latundan, Cavendish and Lady Finger are all cultivars of which common fruit? Banana

  4. What name is given to a cockerel that has been castrated to improve the taste of its meat? Capon

  5. According to its packaging, what two flavours (one fruit, one not) is the classic Swizzels Drumstick sweet? Raspberry and milk

  6. Which French chef wrote the classic cookbook Le guide culinaire (1903), in which he notably codifies the five French mother sauces? (Auguste) Escoffier

  7. A traditional Long Island Iced Tea cocktail is made using triple sec and which other four alcoholic drinks? Gin, tequila, vodka, rum

  8. Shichimi, a mix of seven spices typically including ground chilli, orange peel and sesame seeds, is a traditional condiment from which Asian country? Japan

  9. Balvenie, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are among the many whisky distilleries situated in and around the valley (strath) of which Scottish river? Spey

  10. Tepache is a partially-fermented Mexican drink traditionally made from water, brown sugar and which tropical fruit? Pineapple

Food & drink 37

From the quiz on 14/3/17.

  1. Brunost, Primula and Jarlsberg are cheeses from which European country? Norway

  2. Scrag-end is an inexpensive cut of meat from the neck of which animal? Sheep

  3. Which French chef owns and runs the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons hotel in Great Milton, Oxfordshire? Raymond Blanc

  4. Invented by Momofuku Andō and first produced in 1958 by Nissin Foods, the world’s first commercial instant noodles were what meat flavour? Chicken

  5. What name, in reference to a diplomat from a prominent Russian family, is given to a dish of beef strips cooked in a sauce containing smetana (sour cream)? Stroganoff

  6. For what four words does the name of the beer-promoting organization CAMRA stand? Campaign for Real Ale

  7. What name, from the Old French for “bump”, is given to a (typically rectangular) fritter of deep-fried dough served with icing sugar? Beignet

  8. The original recipe for triple cooked chips, in which they are frozen or refrigerated twice and deep-fried thrice, was created in the mid-1990s by which English chef? Heston Blumenthal

  9. What animal-related name is given to a light filmy crust of tartar that forms in port and other old bottled wines? Beeswing

  10. What name, literally meaning “iron plate grill”, is given to the style of Japanese cuisine in which various ingredients are cooked on a hot steel plate usually located in the centre of the diners’ table? Teppanyaki

Food & drink 36

From the quiz on 21/2/17.

  1. The fruit known as a satsuma takes its name from a former province of which Asian country? Japan

  2. Which term for a mixed fruit drink is thought to derive its name from the Hindi for “five”, because it originally contained five ingredients? Punch

  3. What two-word French phrase is applied to a modern style of cooking that eschews rich, heavy foods (especially sauces) and emphasizes the freshness of the ingredients and presentation of the dishes? Nouvelle cuisine

  4. Which fruit is fermented to make the liqueur crème de cassis? Blackcurrant

  5. By what collective name are the two celebrity chefs Dave Myers and Si King more commonly known? Hairy Bikers

  6. In the context of food sterilization (e.g. of milk), for what do the letters UHT stand? Ultra-high temperature (or ultra heat treated)

  7. The Most Interesting Man in the World was a memetic advertising campaign for which lager produced by the Mexican brewery Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma? Dos Equis

  8. Bobotie, a dish of curried minced meat baked in a rich savoury custard, is a speciality of which African country? South Africa

  9. Which tropical fruit is the principal ingredient of a traditional som tam, a spicy salad eaten throughout Southeast Asia? Papaya

  10. Which brand of bottled water was advertised in the UK with the infamous slogan “Can’t live without spunk” and, just one month after launching, discovered to be nothing more than treated tap water from Sidcup in London? Dasani

Specialist: Italian regional dishes

From the quiz on 14/2/17.

  1. Which animal’s meat is cubed, skewered and barbecued to make the traditional Abruzzese dish arrosticini? Sheep (lamb or mutton)

  2. Thick wheat noodles known as bigoli, golden biscuits known as baicoli and small fried soft-shell crabs known as moleche are specialities of which Italian city? Venice

  3. What type of food are civraxiu, pistoccu and carasau, all of which are traditional products of Sardinia? Bread

  4. The piquant relish of eggplant and other vegetables known as caponata is a popular antipasto from which region of Italy? Sicily

  5. Risotto alla Milanese is a regional variant of risotto that is flavoured and coloured with which spice? Saffron