My childhood nanny, Martha, had worked for a Jewish family for many years, before her employer died. She was fluent in Yiddish and would call me to eat “Kommen Sie und essen Sie, ist die Speise auf dem Tisch!” If she served something I didn’t like, she would glare at me with her hands on her hips and say “Nu? Suddenly you are a feinschecker, Missy?” It would be many years before I realized that not all black women spoke like that, but – by the time I had come to know better – I had concluded that I am indeed a feinschmecker; a hopeless slave to all things gourmet.
During the prelude to the recent Taste of Joburg show, I was told that I had won a hamper from one of the sponsors, The Feinschmecker, a local supplier of gourmet Continental deli meats & more. I’d been given tickets to the show by the organizers, and the Feinschmecker people asked me to collect my hamper and have my photo taken. As it happened I was too ill at the time and missed the show, the hamper buried in some murky corner of my mind. A representative from the company contacted me last week, asking to make arrangements to have one of their salesforce deliver. I expected a bit of sausage and sliced ham. Imagine, then, how delighted I was when the chap gave me a boot load of goodies, foodie heaven for me! Absolute bliss, thank you so much!
PINK Polka Dot’s weekly food quiz:
1. What is an éclade des moules? A mussel hot pot.
2. What is spaetzle? German fried noodles.
3. What type of animal correctly predicted Germany’s FIFA world cup win? An octopus.
4. What is the difference between butterscotch and caramel? One is made with butterr?
5. What is the main ingredient of the Middle Eastern spread called baba ganoush? Brinjals. Yum!
6. What is the main ingredient of the Italian aperitif, called cynar? Artichokes.
7. Why is starfruit toxic to patients with chronic renal failure? No idea.
8. What is bitterballen? Meatballs.
9. What gives red velvet cake its red colour? Beetroot.
10. What are the main ingredients of a Californian roll? Rice and seaweed?