Special Sub-Topic: Amber Waves of Grain
|While we were celebrating Guy Fawkes Day last November, we served up some traditional Groaty Pudding also known as Groaty Dick. Oats of course is the main ingredient, but which bulb vegetable is a tasty addition to this dish?|
onion. This dish takes nearly 16 hours to bake and contains beef, onions, leeks, groats that have been soaked, and beef stock. Groats pudding or hogs pudding, is made with pork, oats and black pepper.
|My breakfast of oatmeal with its lumps sure is looking bleak this morning. I would much rather have a cool glass of Avena from Latin America. Of course a couple of the ingredients are oats and milk, but what spice that comes from bark, can be added to this sweet drink?|
cinnamon. Avena is Spanish for oatmeal. Preparation of this cold drink includes boiling water and milk, adding sugar, cinnamon and oatmeal to cook, then straining. In many Latin American countries, Avena is the name of a creamy drink made with oats.
|While visiting the Southern United States, what food item did I most likely witness some people putting into a glass filled with buttermilk, eaten with barbeque, buttered, crumbled to make stuffing or eaten with pinto beans?|
cornbread. Cornmeal is ground from dry raw corn. Usually mixed with egg and milk, other variations include corn pone, johnnycakes, hushpuppies, and spoonbread. These can be baked, fried or deep fried. The town of Berea Kentucky hosts a Spoonbread Festival each September.
|This original recipe invented by a Swiss doctor and pioneer of nutrition for his patients, contained oats, lemon juice, cream, apple and nuts. What is the name of the cereal today that can be packaged or fresh, and eaten with a variety of fruits, nuts and grains?|
muesli. Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner was a physician in a Zurich sanatorium. He used fruits and raw vegetables instead of meat and white bread to aid in the healing of his patients, as well as gardening, physical training and early bedtime. Maximilian was inspired by a dish he was eating, while he and his wife were hiking in the Swiss Alps.
|Which dark rye German bread bakes at a low temperature in a steam-filled oven between 16 and 24 hours, and is usually paired with sturgeon, caviar or smoked salmon on an hors d'oeuvre tray?|
pumpernickel. German pumpernickel traditionally uses no coloring agents in the bread. The distinctive dark color is a result of the Maillard reaction in combination with the long slow baking process. Pumpernickel from North America uses molasses to get the dark coloring into the bread.
|This grain gives Americans more nourishment than any other source of food. The land area for growing this crop is more than any other commercial crop. What is this grain that can be found on the back of U.S. pennies dated from 1909-1958?|
wheat. Common wheat colors are red or white, but can be purple, black, yellow or blue. Wheat can be ground into flour or semolina, germinated and dried creating malt and is the staple ingredient in many dishes.
|This grain has a variety of uses such as a sweet prepared syrup in the southern U.S., can be popped like popcorn, and used to make gluten-free beer. The stem fibres are made into packaging for sensitive electronics because it does not accumulate static electricity. What "sweet sounding" grain am I describing?|
sorghum. In the U.S.,12% of sorghum grain is used for ethanol. Sorghum is used as a corn substitute in the U.S. for animal feed, since the nutritional content is similar.
|During WWII, people ate this snack 3 times as much than before because of sugar rationing, which meant limited sweets. What crunchy food can be eaten buttered, carameled, or hung on a Christmas tree?|
popcorn. The Boy Scouts sell popcorn door to door for fundraising just like the Girl Scout cookie fundraiser. The largest ball of popcorn weighed 3415 pounds, and was 8 feet in diameter. Wow!
|With my Australian camping trip at an end, supplies running low, and hunger at the top of my priority list, I mixed a dough of wheat flour, water and milk. I then placed it on the coals and ashes of my campfire to let it cook. What bread, which sounds like a part of a wood stove, did I just cook?|
damper. A damper is cooked by travelers, stockmen and drovers, and is called Australian soda bread. It is cooked for up to 30 minutes, and eaten with dried or cooked meat, or with a sweet golden syrup. Bakeries now have this bread available for purchase.
|What British treat resembles a biscuit from the U.S., frequently contains raisins, currants, dates or cheese, and traditionally comes from South West England and Scotland?|
scone. The scone can be sweet or savoury, and can be made from wheat, oatmeal or barley, along with a variety of fruits or cheese. The pronunciation used by most of the British population sounds like it rhymes with "con" and "John", while in the U.S. it's used like "cone" and "phone".
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