I spent a wonderful day with all my children in Stellenbosch yesterday. We went to the Botanical gardens and BG explained about the differences between various plants to us (one of her subjects is botany). We had breakfast at Cubana and then saw the movie: “London Boulevard”. What a disappointment! This was the second bad movie I have seen in the last three weeks. The previous one was Crazy, stupid, Love! We had afternoon tea at The Birdcage and then it was time to leave the girls to pay attention to their studies.
Thanks to everyone that did the past weekend’s Food Quiz!
Mitzi answered all the questions correct!!
TheonlyCin answered almost all the questions correctly!
Inspiration answered 90% correct!
DsP answered everything correct!
Sharon’s answers are very entertaining!
1. What is an éclade des moules?
A – It a bake often held on the beaches outside La Rochelle on the Western French coast in which mussels are arranged in concentric circles on a plank so that the hinged part of the shell is facing up. Pine needles are then mounded on top to a depth of about a foot and set on fire. The needles burn down quickly, while their thick, aromatic smoke flavours the mussels. Once the fire goes out, the ashes are swept away and the mussels are eaten directly from the shell.
2. What is spaetzle?
A – Spaetzle is a type of noodle found in German, Swiss and Austrian cuisine. It is made of eggs, flour, salt and water and was traditionally used to thicken soup.
3. What type of animal correctly predicted Germany’s FIFA world cup win?
A – An octopus called Paul.
4. What is the difference between butterscotch and caramel?
A – Butterscotch is a blend of butter and brown sugar. Caramel is produced when granulated sugar has been cooked (caramelized) until it melts and becomes a thick, clear liquid that can range in color from golden to deep brown. A soft caramel is a candy made with a caramelized sugar, butter, and milk. Basically the difference is the type of sugar used.
5. What is the main ingredient of the Middle Eastern spread called baba ganoush?
6. What is the main ingredient of the Italian aperitif, called cynar?
7. Why is starfruit toxic to patients with chronic renal failure?
A – Starfruit contains oxalic acid, which can be harmful to individuals suffering from kidney failure, kidney stones, or those under kidney dialysis treatment.
8. What is bitterballen?
A – Dutch crumbed fried meatballs.
9. What gives red velvet cake its red colour?
A – red food colouring.
10. What are the main ingredients of a Californian roll?
A – A Californian roll is classified as maki-zushi, meaning rolled sushi. It is typically made inside out, so that, in a cross section, the roll has a layer of rice, a layer of nori, and then an inner core of fillings. The classic triad of ingredients in a Californian roll is crab meat, avocado and mayonnaise. Other variants use imitation crab and the addition of cucumber. It was invented inLos Angeles and within the United States many establishments that serve sushi offer a variant of the Californian roll, although it can be a difficult thing to find in Japan, homeland of sushi.
Enjoy the week!