3/9/2016 – World Wednesday – Brazilian


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.

On this World Wednesday, we head to South America for the first time and check out Brazil! When you want to get more questions, just turn your card over, and we’ll have a waiter come bring you some more questions.


1. Pretend it’s the mid-2000s and name the fruit seen here, mostly grown in northern Brazil.

Acai Berries anti oxident fruit loose on a white background ready to cut out.
Question 1

2. Sometimes known as the “Brazilian truffle”, name the delicacy seen here, a chocolate truffle made with condensed milk, and covered in chocolate sprinkles.

Brigadeiro a brazilian sweet
Question 2

3. Name the dish seen here, made with its signature black beans, as well as pork trimmings and sausage. Its name comes from the Portuguese for “beans”.

Question 3

4. The popular finger food seen here, made with guava paste and white cheese in sandwich form, is named after what pair of fictional characters?

Question 4

5. As we covered in the “Coffee” episode, coffee is a huge product in Brazil, and it serves the national beverage. Name the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage, made with sugarcane juice. The fact it is made fresh from sugarcane sets the difference apart from rum, which is made from molasses.


Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. Acai berry
2. Brigadeiro
3. Feijoada
4. Romeu e Julieta
5. Cachaça


3/2/2016 – World Wednesday – Russian


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.

On this newest edition of World Wednesday, we head to Mother Russia to see what dishes can be enjoyed.

Za zdarov’e!

1. What cold soup, seen here, is made with both vegetables and kvass or sour milk? The soup is similar to tyurya, and this soup can also be made into a salad.

Question 1

2. Name the dish pictured here. Created in the 19th century, its named for a successfully Russian family, whose power lasted from the 1500s to 1923?

Question 2

3. The city of Tula is famous for its creation of the dessert seen below. What kind of dessert is it? Be specific about your answer.

Question 3

4. Give the name of the Russian cabbage rolls seen here. They usually contain mincemeat mixed with cooked rice or buckwheat, and then stewed in a mixture of sour cream and tomato sauce. One variation of this dish is the “lenivye” or lazy version of this dish.

Question 4

5. We end our quiz about Russian cuisine with vodka. Give the English name of the vodka seen here, one of the most popular in the country. If you know Cyrillic, the answer is right above the green box.


Question 5

Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. Okroshka
2. Beef Stroganov (or Stroganoff)
3. Gingerbread
4. Golubtsy
5. Russian Standard

2/24/2016 – World Wednesday – Australian


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.

Today, we head to the Land Down Under, and learn about the many facets of Australian cuisine! Turns out, just going to Outback doesn’t qualify for that. While researching my Appetizers entry for Monday, I learned that Blooming Onions are really an American dish, and Australians rarely ever see them. Ah well, their loss.

Cheers mate!

1. The biscuit seen here, made using oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, and boiling water, is closely associated with what group, which was established in 1915?

Question 1

2. Born Maria Ann Sherwood (seen on the left), give the far more famous name of the British-Australian orchardist who first introduced a new fruit cultivation in Sydney markets in 1868.

Question 2

3. Name the dessert seen here, made with squares of sponge cake coated with chocolate sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut. The name of the dish comes from a small village in Scotland, and the name also lends itself to the pan used to make the dessert.

Question 3

4. I love burgers, don’t you? If I went to Australia and ordered a “burger with the lot”, I should expect to see a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, mayo, and cheese (all pretty standard American fare),…plus three ingredients you don’t usually seen on a burger in the States. Give any two of those three ingredients.

5. Seen here is the obviously-edited logo of the best known product of what Australian-owned brewery, the largest one in the country, founded in 1862 and headquartered in Adelaide?

Question 5

Learned League precedent (LL55, MD9) – Australian food technologist Cyril P. Callister is widely credited as the inventor of what food, developed after imports of a similar (and similarly named) British item were interrupted following WWI?

Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)
2. Granny Smith
3. Lamington
4. Beetroot, pineapple, fried egg
5. Coopers Brewery
LL. Vegemite

2/17/2016 – World Wednesday – Mexican


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.

This week on World Wednesday, we take you to the other main country of North America (since we already knocked out Canada a few weeks back), and see how well you do about foods south of the border!

¡Buen apetito!

1. Abuelita, Ibarra, and Mayordomo are all brands in Mexico that sell what product, an ingredient in mole?

2. Pictured here is what semihard cheese, similar to Monterey Jack but with mozzarella properties, often used for quesadillas and nachos?

Question 2

3. Simply Spanish for “cooking pot”, seen here is what pot/vessel/crock used in Mexican and Southwest cuisine?

Question 3, whose image I clearly stole of Google

4. Which dish made from fried corn tortillas containing shredded chicken or beans and topped with salsa, guacamole, and cheese takes its name from a boat seen in Mexico City, as the tortilla is shaped in the shape of a boat?

5. Ending healthier, seen here is what salad, made with the flat stems, or “pads” of prickly pear, and often eaten with egg? The dish is noted for possibly being a treatment of diabetes.

Question 5

Learned League precedent (LL47, MD20) – This dish from Mexican cuisine, which literally means “filled” or “stuffed”, includes a myriad of different recipes which typically involve a roasted fresh poblano pepper, stuffed with melted cheese and perhaps other meats or fruits, covered in a egg batter or flour, and fried.

Tomorrow: Ice cream! How can you wrong with ice cream?


1. Chocolate
2. Asadero or Oaxaca cheese
3. Olla
4. Chalupa
5. Nopalitos

LL. Rellenos

2/10/2016 – World Wednesday – Indian


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.

Today, we curry on down to India for a little spice this World Wednesday.

Acchī sehat ke lie!

1. What triangular-shaped dumpling, stuffed with curried vegetables or meat, and are often served as appetizers?

Question 1

2. The dish aloo gobi comprises of two main vegetables, the “aloo” and the “gobi”. What are these two vegetables in English? The dish appears yellow in color with the addition of the turmeric spice.

3. Name this woman. Born in India, she published the cookbook An Invitation to Indian Cooking in 1973, which popularized Indian cuisine in the Western world?

Question 3

4. Pictured here, chapati is an whole wheat unleavened flatbread that also goes by what crossword-friendly name?

Question 4

5. What name is given to both legumes, especially lentils, used in Indian cooking, or the name of the thick stew that uses legumes?

Question 5

Learned League precedent (LL59, MD7) – This dish, popular in Indian cuisine (and perhaps more specifically, Anglo-Indian cuisine), evolved from the Portuguese dish which translates as “meat with wine and garlic”. The Anglo-Indian version is often very spicy, and consists of meat cooked with garlic, vinegar, chilis, coriander, cumin, onions, turmeric, mustard, tomatoes and salt, plus potatoes occasionally.

Tomorrow: Geez, is the week not even over yet? We’re going to need some coffee to keep us awake.


1. Samosa
2. Potato and cauliflower
3. Madhur Jaffrey
4. Roti
5. Dal or dhal
LL. Vindaloo

2/3/2016 – World Wednesday – Britain


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.

Today marks the fifth World Wednesday, and today, we’ll be covering British foods, but not specifically. While of course there are hundreds of dishes native to the Isles (some of which we have covered in previous issues, from spotted dick and Battenberg cake), we’ll be covering British food names.

As you probably know, their “lift” is our “elevator”, their “petrol” is our “gasoline”, and “skeleton in the cupboard” is our “skeleton in the closet”. And thus, some of our food is also different.

Today’s exercise is straight-forward enough: I give you the UK word for a food term, you give me the American name. From what I can tell, these are the general terms, so you might get a word that is a subgroup of another, but these seem to be the words that stand for the overall group.

Also, in a trivia aspect, you can’t know UK/US vocabulary enough.


1. Aubergine
2. Banger
3. Candy floss
4. Coriander
5. Courgette
6. Grilling (cooking process)
7. Hundreds and thousands
8. Ice lolly
9. Jam
10. Jelly
11. Profiterole
12. Rocket
13. Sultana
14. Swede
15. Treacle

TOMORROW: We become streets ahead and talk about street foods! If you don’t play along, you’ll be streets behind.


1. Eggplant
2. Sausage
3. Cotton candy
4. Cilantro
5. Zucchini
6. Broiling
7. Nonpareils / sprinkles
8. Popsicle
9. Jelly
10. Jello / gelatin
11. Cream puff
12. Arugula
13. Raisin
14. Rutabaga
15. Molasses

1/27/2016 – World Wednesday – Hawaiian


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.

In this World Wednesday, we travel to the Hawaiian islands for a sampling of wonderful island food that I imagine is served regularly at the King Kamehameha Club.

Huli pau!

1. Literally meaning “to cook in an underground oven”, what method of cooking involves an underground oven that’s used at luaus, and is especially used for cooking pork?

Question 1

2. What type of fish is used in the Hawaiian side dish known as “lomi-lomi”?

3. One of Hawaii’s most beloved dishes is what meal consisting of two scoops of white steamed rice, a side of macaroni salad, and an entree item like chicken cats or laulau?

Question 3

4. What rhyming Hawaiian dish consists of white rice, and usually topped with a fried egg, brown gravy, and a hamburger patty? The food is usually classified as a comfort food for Hawaiians.

Question 4

5. A traditional Hawaiian Mai Tai consists of white rum, dark rum, lime juice, Orgeat syrup, and what liqueur named after an island far away from Hawaii? It’s developed from the Valencia orange, and is often artificially colored blue.

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD1) –  Popular native dishes, such as a ubiquitous preparation in the tradition of Japanese musubi, as well as local varieties manufactured exclusively for the state, help make Hawaiians by far the greatest per capita consumers of what food item?

Tomorrow: We make sure you have lots of colors represented on your plate by asking questions about colorful foods!

Synergy: Last July, I interviewed the chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii about Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa as part of my crossword series “The X-word Files”, where I investigate words that appear frequently in puzzles, like KEA and LOA. Part of my interview talked about Kona coffee, which is grown in Hawaii. You can check out my interview with Dr. Ken Rubin [here].


1. Kalua
2. Salmon
3. Plate lunch
4. Loco moco
5. Curacao
LL. Spam