POP QUIZ: GET YOURSELF AROUND THIS (answers)

And the Blue Ribbon goes to Jen G, who scored a ‘well done’ 9/10 on our food quiz. Step away from the Food Network, Jen. Put the remote down and step away…

1) If you’re eating roast squab, you are actually eating the young of which bird?
2) Although many types are delicious and commonly used for food, you should avoid the ‘Death Cup’ and ‘Destroying Angel’ varieties of what?
3) What vegetable is mixed with tomatoes, onions and peppers, along with certain spices and sometimes cheese, to make ratatouille?
4) What is happening to food if it undergoes the Maillard Reaction?
5) The Greek version of what prepared food, also common in Swedish and Italian cuisine, are called keftedakia?
6) In Jewish dietary laws, what term is the opposite of ‘kosher’?
7) According to the official Butterball guidelines, where on the turkey should you place the meat thermometer to check how well-done your bird is?
8) What type of meat is most commonly found in the rural American dish Scrapple?
9) Gumbo is usually made using okra as a thickening ingredient, but it can also be the filé powder type, which instead uses the dried and ground leaves of which tree?
10) Crêpe Suzette, Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee are desserts traditionally served in what manner?

1) PIGEON
2) MUSHROOMS
3) EGGPLANT or ZUCCHINI
4) IT IS BROWNING (as a result of cooking, as when frying meat or toasting bread)
5) MEATBALLS
6) TREYF or TRAIF
7) IN THE THIGH
8) PORK
9) SASSAFRAS
10) FLAMBÉED

I’ve heard Hank Williams singing about filé gumbo many times, but I had no idea it was ground-up sassafras leaves. I tried to look up where the word ‘sassafras’ comes from, and wiki tells me it’s from the French word ‘sassafras‘. Well, thanks for clearing that up.

My father makes an excellent ratatouille every year, using zucchini from a friend’s garden. He was rather offended when I told him he could use eggplant instead.

Thee’s a restaurant in NY City called “Traif”, that specializes in all the foods forbidden to those who keep kosher. According to a radio story I heard years ago, they get a LOT of Jewish clientèle, some of whom don’t keep kosher, and others who are ‘cheating’. If my religion forbid bacon, I’d cheat too. Bacon sort of IS my religion.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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