- hm May 10, 2005 10:05 PM
While picking my daughter up from school today, her class was going through the alphabet and naming foods for each letter.
There were two letters that they could not come up with any food - U & X.
I have been searching and could not come up with anything. I turn to you for help. A food that starts with the letter U or the letter X.
Thanks for your help.
xanthan gum (not a food in itself)
Consulting the food lovers' companion:
udo (japanese vegetable), udon (japanese noodles), umeboshi (japanese pickled plums), upside-down cake
xxx sugar/10x sugar(powdered sugar)
Udo: Japanese form of Aralia or Ivy which have edible
Xerophagy: Derived from ancient Greece, referring to
the eating of dry foods such as bread
vegetable and water as a form of fasting
*(water is technically not a dry substance, you can
figure out the ancient greeks for it).
Xeres: Same as Jerez or Sherry wine.
Xylopia: Genus of trees or shrubs of the custard apple
This is fun -Ask your daughter if we can have some
more alphabets please.
I'm so glad you posted this! I'm in a scrabble group that has a potluck every (monthly) meeting. We all bring something that begins with the letter we drew the month before. Every time I draw a letter I cross my fingers against the "x". I won't have to do that anymore! (I made an upside down cake when I drew a "u")
From "Food" by Waverley Root, a book that belongs in the library of every serious Foodie:
udder: apparently used by some to adulterate mousse de foie gras
ulloco: a tuber eaten only in western South America
umber: a European grayling (fish)
umbles: internal organs, principally of deer, and the origin of the term 'umble pie
umbrella tree: fruit of which is eaten in the Congo
um khirr: a seed eaten in Sudan
umkokolo apple: found in California
unicorn fish: native to the Red Sea
unicorn plant: native to the American southwest, which provides edible seed pods
unicorn root: a bitter food eaten by American indians
urhur: a pea grown in Egypt that has been found in 24th Century B.C. Egyptian tombs
Root's book is conspicuously deficient in "X" foods, listing only two, and only then by their scientific genus names:
Xanthocephalus: the yellow-headed blackbird, of questionable culinary interest
Xanthosoma: closely related to taro.
re: kc girl
HI kc girl,
Q was not called for by the OP, however here goes:
Quahog: An edible Venus mollusc also known as round
clam found along the North Atlantic coast.
Quail: Small bird of partridge family
Quails eggs: A delicacy served with salads.
Quart: The fourth part of a gallon or two pints (1.14
Quartern loaf: A 4 lb. loaf as is made from a quarter
of a stone of flour.
Queasy: Uneasy, sick, causing nausea viz. a queasy stomach.
Quenelle: An oval ball of chicken, meat, yoghurt, ice-
cream sorbet etc., that is gently forced into shape
between two spoons. Normally the spoons are pre-dipped
into warm water.
Quetsch: Variety of plum, or brandy of it.
Quiche: Shell of savoury pastry filled with custard &
Quid: Something chewed or kept in the mouth such as
Quiddany: Confection of quince juice & sugar.
Quiddity: Goodness or essence of anything, including
any trifling nicety.
Quince: A golden pear shaped, fragrant, acid fruit
Useful in jellies & marmalades.
Quinnat: King Salmon
Quinoa:South American goosefoot, used as rice seeds or
Quinquagesima: Shrove Sunday counted as 50days before
Quintal: A measurement used in olden times for food
grains still used in India, Pakistan & many
other countries. Previously equated to a
hundredweight, but now one quintal equates to
Quintessence: The pure concentrated essence of
anything or the most essential part or
embodiment of something viz.
Any more ?
PS: What is the story behind Humbolt (sp) fog ?
I heard this the first time from you and it has
come up on a recent thread elsewhere.
you can send me an email or post a new thread incase
the CH team think it to be obscene on the non-food
re: Amin (London Foodie ''OrientRice@aol.com'')
I should have though quickly of Quenelle, Quiche, and Quinoa - and quintessential (though its maybe a food term, not an edible substance).
Humbodlt Fog cheese is a name brand from the gal at a creamery in Humboldt County where I visited last August. I was really impressed with the quality of eats I had while there, so posted on CH.
Then, I learned they also serve Humboldt Fog cheese in New York's Grammercy Tavern and Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, CA, probably lots of other places. I'm not a cheese afficienado, but that area by the Arcata airport has some interesting places! California coastline lured Mary Keehn to Humboldt County where she established Cypress Grove Chèvre in 1984. I stayed in Eureka, but enjoyed many areas in the locale, including Ferndale. Beautiful area, especially among the people I was with. We stopped by one guy's house to visit and picked a few blackberries in the yard while we talked about relandscaping. Glad I wore a long sleeved jeans jacket! Ouchy thorns! It was fun to really say "Hey that's was a sweet one", or Hmmmmm and smile at each other with one bite or another. Nothing mindless about picking blackberries and eating them then. Could have had some cheese in the fridge that would have been good with them. Another day.
From the Yucatan:
Xnipek(Dog's snout salsa--no actual dog in the salsa, just hot enough to make your nose run like a dog's)
xocolate--the original 16th century spelling for chocolate (and current spelling in Catalan).
Comes from a hispanified Nahuatl word: xocolatl.
Umngqusho - Nelson Mandela's favourite! It's a Xhosa dish, consisting of samp and beans (Samp is what I think Americans call hominy). It's a staple part of Xhosa diet.
Just don't ask me to pronounce it. That click always kills me...