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(A New quiz about once a week)
1a) Why is salt used to preserve food such as salt fish, corned beef, etc.?
1b) What human endeavor was made possible in part by salt fish?
2) What is Manchego and what connection does it have to Don Quixote?
3) What fruit is the design motif known as 'Paisley' based on?
4) What was created by Auguste Escoffier in 1897, and supposedly named by Cesar Ritz of the Savoy (or his wife Marie) in honor of Helen Porter Mitchell, an Australian native?
1a) Salt is used to preserve food because it creates a hostile environment for certain microorganisms. Within foods, salt brine dehydrates bacterial cells, alters osmotic pressure and inhibits bacterial growth and subsequent spoilage.
1b) Salting fish made long-range explorations possible in the age of sailing ships.
(Salt Trivia and Facts)
2) Manchego is the best known and most widely available Spanish cheese. It comes from La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, and was originally made only from the milk of Manchego sheep. Manchego is aged for 3 months or longer, and is a semifirm cheese with a rich golden color. It comes in a 10 inch diameter wheel, 5 inches thick with a herringbone design on the rind. It ranges from mild to sharp, depending on how long it is aged.
3) The 'Paisley' design motif is a design from India based on the mango. (Mango Trivia and Facts)
4) Melba toast was created by Auguste Escoffier in 1897, and supposedly named by Cesar Ritz of the Savoy (or his wife Marie) in honor of Nellie Melba (stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell), an Australian born opera singer. Melba toast is very thin, dry, crisp toast.
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