Tuesday Trivia

Inspired partly by two of my favorite things (Swamplot’s weekly Neighborhood Guessing Game and Ashford Pub’s weekly Tuesday Night Trivia), I’ve decided that henceforth — I love that word — we will be having weekly food trivia on she eats.!

Here’s how it works:

Each Tuesday afternoon, I’ll post five food trivia questions and one bonus question, relating to at least one of the original five.  You highly-intelligent foodies out there will post your answers/guesses/wild stabs in the comments section below.

Each Thursday afternoon, I’ll post the answers to the questions.  The winner each week will live in infamy forever.  Or something like that.  I’m currently trying to think of a better prize, so if you have suggestions — that don’t involve money or honor killings, people! — let me know.

Are you ready?  I said, ARE YOU READY?!?!?  Then let’s get to it!

Tuesday Trivia Round 1:

  1. What foodstuff, if stored properly, will never spoil?
  2. The flour of what nut was used as a thickening agent in sauces prior to the now-prevalent wheat flour?
  3. In 1700, England was importing 20,000 pounds of tea per year.  By 1800, that figure had grown to ________ pounds.
  4. What are the four basic food molecules?
  5. Around what time were chickens first domesticated?
  6. BONUS:  And around what time were sheep first domisticated?

That’s it, my little barn swallows.  On your mark, get set, answer!

9 responses to “Tuesday Trivia

  1. You’re reading my Harold McGee, aren’t you? Now how can I look up the answers when you have the book???!!!

  2. That’s the idea, cheater.

  3. PPPHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

    4. Water, lipids or fats, carbs and proteins

    5. Somewhere in Southeast Asia, probably before 7500 BC

    Bonus: in Eurasia around 11000 and 9500 years

    The others? Well, you have the damn book!

  4. 1. honey

  5. 1. Honey
    2. cashew or is it coconut? ( both are used extensively in different styles of Indian cooking)
    3. 24,000,000
    4. carbohydrates, fats, proteins, alcohol
    5. 3500BC
    6. 8000BC

  6. 1. Twinkies.
    2. The Right (it’s a handed thing)
    3. 2,710,423
    4. Yum, yuck, fattening, and Rachel Ray. (You’re advised to stay FAR AWAY from Rachel Ray)
    5. Shortly after the sheep demanded better living conditions.
    6. Right after the first time a Eurasian tried to capture and eat the wolf.

  7. @ Cory: Wow. Just….wow. You made me spit Coke all over the front of my shirt. Thanks.

  8. The right! haha!

  9. 1. honey
    2. almonds
    3. 50,000
    4. fats, carbohydrates, proteins, water
    5. 3,000 B.C.
    6. 5,000 B.C.

    Let it be noted that my copy of Harold McGee is in a box in storage, 8,000 miles away.

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