Food, glorious food: take our quiz
Travel broadens the mind, they say, but it can also enrich the language as a whole. Food names have entered English from many routes: as imported goods were brought to our shores in past centuries, we encountered terms such as garam masala and macaroni. Later additions to the language reflect the growth of mass travel in the 20th century and show English encompassing terms from places such as Indonesia and North Africa, which gave us tempeh and chermoula respectively.
One the great pleasures of travel is being able to sample the local cuisine.
Take our quiz to find out how much you know about food from around the world
and to decipher some of the deliciously unfamiliar names of dishes.
22 June 2011
Souvlaki image by Zorro2212 (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Agnolotti image by Gahlord Dewald/Thoughtfaucet (who uploaded it and that is the attribution credit to apply if you use it elsewhere).Gahlord at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons
Seafood image by Lucarelli (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Dim sum image by BrokenSphere (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Kimchi image by martinroell (http://flickr.com/photos/martinroell/2090956159/) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Katsuobushi image by Sakurai Midori (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.1-jp (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.1/jp/deed.en), GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Blue Vinny image by Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Bobotie image by Stefan Magdalinski from Cape Town, South Africa (P1020549 Uploaded by Partyzan_XXI) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Stargazy pie image by Krista (baked stargazy pie Uploaded by Diádoco) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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