6/12/2018 – Spelling Bee Foods (2018 Edition)


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

So, I know it’s been a hot minute, but I’m back. We all need food, so I am here to satisfy.

Before we get to today’s questions, I wanted to elicit possibly your help. Last week, it was revealed that Anthony Bourdain had died at age 61 while filming his show. First, if you or someone you know is feeling any type of suicidal thoughts, I hope you’ll reach out to the right people including the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Also, while I’ve enjoyed seeing interviews with Anthony Bourdain, I really haven’t watched that much of his shows or read much of his books. If you were a big admirer of him, I would really like to post a tribute here on Five Course Trivia with questions about his life and works. Feel free to contact me, and we can definitely set up a guest entry from one of you about Bourdain. I appreciate it greatly. Now, back with the show.

Last year, I featured a smattering of words that had been used in previous spelling bees. In honor of this year’s iteration of the Bee which I watched from front to end, here are words that were spelled (correctly or not) at this year’s bee. Given the Merriam-Webster definition and a picture, see how well you can spell.

1. a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds [Canadian French]

2. a baked or fried turnover of pizza dough stuffed with various fillings usually including cheese [Italian]

3. a dessert topping consisting of a baked mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar [French]
4. a soft food made by boiling meal of grains or legumes in milk or water until thick [Middle English]
5. goat cheese [French]
6. mush made of chestnut meal, cornmeal, semolina, or farina [Italian]

7. a Korean dish of thinly sliced, marinated beef that is grilled or panfried [Korean]
8. a mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other ingredients (such as red pepper) [Occitan]
9. a crisp shell (as of toast or puff pastry) in which to serve food [French]

10. blood sausage; a spicy Cajun sausage containing rice and meat (such as pork) or seafood [Louisiana French]

11. an Indian dish of marinated meat cooked on a skewer [Hindu and Urdu]

12. an economically important Ethiopian annual cereal grass grown for its small grain which yields a white flour and as a forage and hay crop [Amharic]


1. poutine
2. calzone
3. meringue
4. porridge
5. chevre
6. polenta
7. bulgogi
8. aioli
9. croustade
10. boudin
11. tikka
12. teff

One thought on “6/12/2018 – Spelling Bee Foods (2018 Edition)

  1. Only 4 misses- that’s probably a record for me!! R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain. Just rewatched his conversation with Obama as they are Vietnamese noodles together. 😭


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