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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Quiz! (Κουίζ!)

I wonder what you have been learning all this time that you have been reading my blog. It's time (once again) for a quiz to sharpen the mind; all the answers to the question can be found by looking through older posts.

1. What fruit grows on this tree? They will be ready to be picked from October onwards.
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2. What fruit grows on this tree (despite the fact that we have not seen any on it yet while it has been growing in our garden)?

3. Can you name the four edible herbs common to Greek cooking that are pictured in this photo?
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4. To what herb do those little white flowers belong to?

5. What has just been lopped off here?
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6. And what was hacked off there?

7. Is it a man? Is it a Cretan? Yes, and what else is it?
7.cretan man 8.gavros and horta
8. What species of horta are these greens?

9. What is the main use of this plant?
9.perlagonium 10.seasonal produce
10. What species of fruit and vegetables can you see in this photo? (Disregard the chicken's foot.)

11. Where is this citrus fruit more commonly found?
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12. What do I forage from this corner?

13. What is this bulb used for?
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14. Why has this peck of peppers not been pickled?

Leave a comment on this post with the answers to any (or all) of the questions and you may win this book by Myrsini Lambraki, a Greek celebrity chef well-known in the food world for her book about wild Cretan greens, and her interest in Cretan cuisine in general...

... which is filled with aromas and taste from Crete. Many of the recipes are similar to my own ones. Now you won't have to drag the laptop in the kitchen or print out the recipe when you want to cook Cretan food.

This competition will run for the next ten days. The winner will be announced at the end of the period, where I will also give the answers. If you want to take part, please make sure I can track you down (ie don't leave an anonymous comment). The winner will be picked randomly, even if they don't know all the answers; hey, neither did I until I came to live here!

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  1. I will try, I really should know more of these!
    1. Lemons
    2. Mousmoula
    3. Dyosmo, dill, parsely, Celino?
    4. Mint?
    5. Cauliflower
    6. Cabbage
    7. Watermelon
    8. Stamnagathi
    9. Perfume & Decoration & throwing flowers at bouzoukia! (Gardenia, right?)
    10. Peppers, lotus, Tamarillo
    11. Crete!
    12. Figs
    13. Roasting? :P
    14. Because Peters union is on strike, and will not let him pickle the peppers!

  2. 1. Lemons?
    2. Loquat?
    3. Flat-leaved parsley or cilantro (I have a hard time telling them apart visually), dill or fennel (again, look the same to me), sorrel (the clover-looking thing), and I see dandelions but they're not really an herb...
    4.Dunno, but it's not mint (that's the smaller plant on the ground I believe?)
    5. cauliflower
    6. kohlrabi
    7. watermelon
    8. stamnagathi
    9. perlagonium (a sort of geranium) - added to quince preserves for its aroma, but also grown to keep bugs away.
    10. I see hachiya persimmons, some Sharon fruit/fuyu persimmons, a Buddha's Hand citron (the "chicken foot", am I right?), and some little red peppers.
    11. it's a kumquat tree, so it's more commonly found on Corfu.
    12. figs
    13. is it an onion? (used many ways, both raw and cooked)
    14. No idea! But they look great!

  3. OK, here are my guesses....

    1. a citrus fruit--maybe lemons or oranges (but it seems like a young
    tree then!)
    2. Hmm, looks like an apricot or peach tree. (a stone fruit tree to
    be sure)
    3. dill, parsley, fennel maybe sorrel (the long flat leaf)
    4. I'm going with mint on this one--mostly because you have a big
    patch of it! But it doesn't really LOOK like mint, or oregano. Hmm.
    5. cauliflower
    6. cabbage
    7. that's a cretan watermelon (karpuzi, as the man on the truck yells)
    8. Amaranth
    9. Sort of looks like geranium leaves--and if so, then it is sometimes
    used an herb in some baking, but it is mostly used for its scent.
    10. Persimmons and peppers (the little red things). But that isn't
    really a chicken foot--some kind of citrus?
    11. Kumquats are commonly grown on Kerkyra (where i am going next
    12. Well the squash blossoms of course!
    13. Hmm, good one. Maybe a hyacinth bulb (i know that we eat tiny
    wild hyacinth bulbs, so I am guessing that.)
    14. Because your freezer is full, you have no more room on the
    counter, and they are starting to go bad.

    thanks for the game!

  4. I will give it a shot...
    1. Lemons
    2. Peaches
    3. Fennel, dill, mint, oregano
    4. Chamomile
    5. Cauliflower
    6. Brussles Sprouts
    7. Watermelon
    8. Stamnagathi or amaranthe
    9. Perlagonium - add it to quince spoon sweets and jam
    10. Red Peppers, pomegranate, kumquats
    11. India or Florida:D
    12. Pumpkin Flowers for stuffing
    13. Squill is used to ward off evil:D
    14. Because you have been working hard:D

  5. 1. Lemons
    2. peaches
    3. basil, dill, parsley, oregano
    4. Lemon Verbena
    5. Broccoli
    6. Cauliflower
    7. Watermelon
    8. I'm thinking Vlita
    9. Geranium Leaves/Pelargonium
    10. Red Peppers, persimmons, loquats
    11. Kerkyra
    12. Squash blossoms
    13. Hyacinth bulbs (Volvoi) are commonly pickled in Greece
    14. So you can stuff them or roast them???

    My brain needed a work-out this morning Maria!! Thanks ;)

  6. cheryl 'liked' this post, so she goes into the draw too!

  7. 1. pommegranates
    2. mangoes
    3, dill, oregano, squill, and thyme
    4. stamnagathi
    5. cabbage
    6 brocolli (calabrese)
    7. watermelon
    9. cold medicine
    10. kumquats, mangoes
    11. mango - tropics
    12. blackberries
    13. squill - squashed at front doors on New Year's Day to bring luck for the new year.
    14. dried on the vine to retain potency - for later use.

  8. With plenty of guesswork:
    1. pomegranate
    2. peach
    3. parsley, fennel, oregano, dandylion
    4. dunno
    5. cabbages
    6. broccoli
    7. is it a loaf of bread? (ah no, the other comments give it away as fruit carving)
    8. dunno
    9. geraniums, for perfume and flavouring sweet syrups
    10. persimmons, tamarillo, chillis
    11. in jam
    12. pumpkin greens or flowers
    13. growing flowers
    14. they're sundrying

  9. 1. God I don't know, I'm a city girl... My googling powers tell me... Pohutakawa...
    2. Pear tree
    3. rocket
    4. Dill (or fennel or both), parsley, mint, nettle? I see cos lettuce too I think.
    5. Cauliflower
    6. Broccolli
    7. Ummm... He wards off mould in the bakery... or he makes an imprint on butter. He watches over the bread to make sure it rises?
    8. The same ones that my stepfather culls from vacant lots here in Melbourne, Australia. Definitely the same!! Amaranth?
    9. Used as a tea for sore throats?
    10. Tamarillos, capsicum, persimons, tomatoes?
    11. Cumquats. Asia, particularly China.
    12. Pumpkin or zuchinni. I guess pumpkin and hence pumpkin seeds and/or zuchinni flowers.
    13. It's a squill (sea onion) and hung up in the home at new year for luck.
    14. Because they belong to your neighbours, and you are wondering the same thing?

    My name is Tania, and I'll email you with my email address if perchance I win!!

    PS: That was fun!

  10. 1) ροδιά
    2) χμμμμμ
    3) μαϊντανός, μάραθος, σέλινο (δεν τα βλέπω και καλά)
    4 χμμμμ
    5, 6) λάχανο, μπροκολο ή ανάποδα :-)))
    7) σκάλισμα σε καρπούζι
    8) βλήτα; σταμναγκάθι; χμμμ
    9) αρμπαρόριζα για κυδώνι κλπ
    10) πιπεριές και λωτοί
    11) Κέρκυρα
    12) κολοκύθια
    13) κρεμμύδα για καλή τύχη
    14) γιατί είναι καυτερές;

  11. 1) pomegranate??
    2) peach
    3) fennel, parsley, dill, celery
    4) rocket
    5) cabbage
    6) cauliflower
    7) watermelon
    8) amaranth
    9) apple geranium - used for flavouring and perfuming sweets
    10)persimmon, bell peppers, tamarillo
    11)kumquats from corfu
    14)Because they are on your neighbour's yard and you don't want to get caught picking them up... xixi

    p.s. It was GREAT and FUN trying to find the answers. THANX!

  12. Δύσκολο το κουϊζ Μαρία!
    1. Ρόδι, αφού το λέει η μπροστινή μου, η Κική καλέ!
    2. Ροδάκινο!
    3. Μάραθος, μαϊντανός, τσουκνίδα, άνιθος
    4. Ρόκα!
    5. Calabrese
    6. Μπρόκολο
    7. Κρητικός σκαλισμένος σε καρπούζι
    8. Βλήτα
    9. Αρμπαρόριζα για αρωμα γλυκών κουταλιού
    10. Λωτοί, πιπεριά peppadew και κατι τοματίλος που δεν ξέρω
    11. Κέρκυρα
    13. Κρεμμύδα για γούρι στη νέα χρονιά
    14. Γιατί χάλασαν;;;

  13. Nice idea. I'm not sure for most of them but for the fun here are my guesses (in greek, I don't know the english names):
    1) Λεμόνια
    2) Μούσμουλα;
    3) Άνιθο, σέλινο, κόλιανδρο, λάπατα
    4) Ρόκα
    5) Κουνουπίδι
    6) Λάχανο
    7) Καρπούζι
    8) Βλήτα
    9) Αρμπαρόριζα για γλυκό κυδώνι
    10) Λωτοί, καυτερές πιπεριές και φυσαλίδες (αν λέμε έτσι ελληνικά αυτό που οι Γάλλοι ονομάζουν physalis)
    11) Κουμ κουάτ από την Κέρκυρα
    12) Κολοκύθες
    13) Κρεμύδα για πρωτοχρονιάτικο γούρι
    14) Τις κρατάς για σπόρο για του χρόνου;

  14. 1. Persimmon or Sharon fruit


    3. Dill, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley

    4. Winter Savory (wrong leaves for grrek oregano)

    5. Cauliflower

    6. Brocolli/Calabrese



    9.Dessert cooking, to flavour cakes or on Kefallinia used in jam/Glykeria or with Quince

    10.Persimmon, scotch bonnet chilis, Tamarillo/Tomatillo also known as Physalis, chinese lantern. Chicken foot looks bizarre

    11. Kumquat native of south asia, introduced to Kerkyra in 1800s. I think it's the only place in Europe to grow them, part of their culture there now.

    12. courgettes and courgette flowers

    13. Squill or sea onion ancient good luck New Year custom

    14. Florina Peppers are too nice to pickle, roast or eat in salads.

    I stumbled across your site by accident. I've really enjoyed reading it and taking part in this quiz.
    A family friend put info on my parents on English WW2 sites. My mam was a war bride, to remote part of England with a couple of Greeks in a 15 mile radius, no access to her native foods etc. she has never forgotten her roots and is a brilliant cook. We have many happy memories of visiting Greece, with all the sun, sea and herby smells which are intoxicating, always remembering the fresh foods with amazing flavour. 33 years after I first tasted them I remember Santorini tomatoes as a highlight.
    In the immortal words of Arnie, I'll be back! to your blogs and will pass your site to my friends and rellies.

  15. What a fun competition. Here are my entries:

    1. lemon ( a little one)
    2. peaches
    3. parsley, dill, mint and coriander
    4. not sure but maybe chamomile or oregano
    5. cabbage
    6. broccoli
    7. He's definitely Cretan with that moustache. Not sure what he could be used for but maybe table decoration of some sort or a door stopper!
    8. Horta..ahhhh radikia or blita
    9. anything that adds aroma to something
    10. persimons, little hot peppers,kumquats
    11. The Mediterrean region
    12. zucchini but the flowers look a bit big so maybe pumpkin!
    13. flower bulbs or some of sort decorative onion
    14. You're collecting the seeds. I love those sweet red florina peppers.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Cristina

  16. How can I compete with all the smarties who've gone before? So instead, I'll tell you how much I love rose geranium. I like making scented sugar with it - layer some leaves in and among a covered container of sugar, granulated or powdered, and use it for dusting on cakes or cookies to give special flavor to cakes and kourambiedes. I've also made a lovely geranium poundcake by putting the leaves on the bottom of the pan and pouring the batter on top, the geranium leaves can be peeled off for serving but their flavor lingers in every bite of the cake. And, of course, rose geranium is the perfect complement for quince preserves.