As kids, most of us couldn't wait to grow up and become adults. However, now that we're all grown up we long for the days when things were simpler - when we didn't have to worry about taxes, do our own laundry and last but certainly not least, make our own food. Sure, cooking can be fun, but not if we need to do it every single night in order to survive and stay healthy.
From the outside, cooking looks pretty simple - chop up some vegetables, toss them into the pan and wait for the magic to happen, right? Kind of, but not quite. First of all, before one can even start cooking it is necessary to go grocery shopping. Picking up the right ingredients is a challenging task in itself. Indeed, we might be frustrated to find that the vegetable that we need is out of stock. Or we might find that we don't actually know what the vegetable that is going to transform our meal even looks like.
And then there's the act of cooking itself. Food might splatter. The dish might come out too salty or too bland. We might remember to add the vital ingredient to the meal that we are cooking when it is much too late (i.e. when the meal is ready to be served). Of course, it is worth to keep in mind that we are still learning. And we will get better, sooner or later.
1Name this vegetable.
Who knows the name of this green vegetable? This vegetable can be prepared in a number of ways. For example, it can be roasted in the oven, grilled, or steamed. It is often served alongside fish or meat dishes. Those who are into their health love to have this vegetable as a snack. Like most vegetables, it comes with numerous health benefits. According to Eating Well, this vegetable is full of nutrients (such as vitamins A, C and K as well as fiber) and antioxidants and might even help fight cancer!
2What is needed to cook pasta?
Who doesn't love pasta dishes? They are so delicious and so easy to make. Just boil some store bought pasta, whip up a quick sauce (or preheat a store bought sauce) and top it with a hard cheese. And voila - you have dinner. However, those who are new to cooking might struggle with the actual process of boiling pasta. Do it wrong, and you might end up with pasta that is stuck together (which is especially true if you're boiling spaghetti). Who knows the best way to avoid that?
3Standard breading technique requires...?
Most people will without doubt agree that breaded food - think breaded fish or breaded mozzarella sticks - is delicious. There's something about the deliciously crunchy exterior and the brownish gold color that makes breaded food that much more appealing. Foods that have been breaded are typically fried. However, according to Spruce Eats, they can also be baked (which is perhaps a better option for those who are seriously invested in their health). But who knows what exactly the standard breading technique requires?
4This egg has been...?
Walk into any kitchen and you are bound to find eggs. Indeed, most people tend to agree that eggs are a kitchen staple. After all, they are so incredibly useful. Furthermore, they are often added to other dishes. You couldn't make delicious pancakes or a scrumptious stir fry without adding an egg or two. Of course, eggs can be eaten on their own too. The best thing about them is without doubt their versatility. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on how you make them!
5How do you soften kale for a salad?
Kale is a true superfood. It is not only extremely healthy but also rather delicious so it makes sense that it has become incredibly popular as of late. According to Health Line, kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables on the planet. It contains vitamin A, B6, C and K as well as calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. Many people choose to add kale to their salads instead of lettuce or other greens. However, sometimes kale can taste a little funny. How can you soften it?
6Avoid tears when chopping onions by…
Few people find meal prepping fun. There is nothing more tedious than chopping up vegetables and other ingredients. More often than not, we are left with smelly fingers from handling garlic and tear-stained faces from chopping up onions. However, there are a couple of tricks out there that can help one avoid crying when chopping up onions. One of these tricks is particularly simple and requires only a little extra effort (and no extra equipment!) Who knows what the trick is?
7What is this kitchen utensil called?
Think you know the name of this kitchen utensil? Then go ahead and select the correct answer from the four options available below! This kitchen utensil can be found in almost every kitchen in every country around the world. It is incredibly useful and can make meal prepping much easier. This kitchen utensil comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. However, the particular model that can be seen in the image to the right is pretty common.
8Boiled eggs are easier to peel if they are…?
Boiled eggs are delicious but sometimes they are not worth the effort. After all, how many of us have sat down with a boiled egg or two, ready to dig in only to have to discard half of it after doing a bad job at peeling it? Peeling eggs is no fun but there is a way to make the process much easier. So, who knows which one of the below options is the correct one? Go ahead and select the answer that you think is right!
9What is this vegetable called?
Kids often deem this vegetable to be their biggest enemy. It is just so... green. And yet as adults, we kind of love it. If prepared properly, it can be incredibly delicious. Plus it tastes amazing in curries, stir fries and even in salads. There are a number of ways that this vegetable can be prepared. For example, it can be boiled, slow cooked or roasted. According to Healthy Eating, this vegetable is loaded with vitamin C and K as well as with fiber and potassium.
10What are these nuts called?
Believe it or not, but according to Tropical Foods, more than 80% of these nuts come from the U.S. These nuts are actually native to North America. The trees that these nuts grow on can live to be more than 200 years old. Interestingly enough, these trees produce nuts only every two years. These nuts are often added to pies, salads and other dishes but are also delicious as a snack on their own. A handful of these nuts a day will not only keep your heart healthy but will also help you with digestion (Food).
11What herb is used to make pesto?
Pesto is a delicious pasta sauce that was invented sometime in the 16th century in Italy, and to be more specific, in the northern region of Liguria. Today pesto is popular in countries all over the world. It is used in pasta dishes and is often added to vegetarian lasagna. When most of us think of pesto, we think of a green sauce. However, there are numerous ways to make pesto. For example, one can also add dried tomatoes or peppers to it, which will make it red in color. But what herb is traditionally used to make pesto?
12What is this pasta called?
When most of us think of pasta we think of spaghetti, macaroni or fusilli. However, there are numerous other types of pasta available on the market. It may all look the same - or similar - to us, but the fact of the matter is that the type of pasta that we choose will greatly influence the way that our pasta dish will taste. The pasta that can be seen in the image to the right is pretty popular all over the world and can be bought either dry or fresh. Who knows what it is called?
13What does “al dente” mean?
There are numerous cooking terms out there and more often than not they go right over our heads (unless we are expert cooks or wannabe chefs, that is). That's totally okay. After all, there is no reason for us to learn complicated chef lingo. Nonetheless, there are a few terms that we should be aware of. "Al dente" is one of them. This term is often found in recipe books and as such when you come across it for the very first time it is a good idea to look it up and learn it off for future reference.
14How long does it take to make soft boiled eggs?
There are two types of people in this world. Those who prefer hard boiled eggs and those who prefer soft boiled eggs. Soft boiled eggs differ from hard boiled eggs in that the yolk - and sometimes even the white - is left partially liquid and raw. On the one hand, they are harder to eat (and require an egg cup) but on the other hand, you can dip your bread into them. Soft boiled eggs cook faster than hard boiled eggs. But how long does it take to make them exactly?
15What is this vegetable called?
There are numerous ways to prepare this vegetable. For example, you can saute it, bake it in the oven or grill it. It is not exactly common to eat it raw although some people do enjoy it uncooked (they tend to add it to salads and dips and some even eat it as a snack). Curiously enough, this vegetable is also sometimes added to chocolate cakes for apparently it makes the cake super moist. Those who are very conscious about their health slice this vegetable into thin strips and use it as a substitute for noodles.
16How long does it take to make hard boiled eggs?
We've already mentioned that people are divided when it comes eggs - some prefer them soft boiled whereas others like them hard boiled. Hard boiled eggs differ from soft boiled eggs in that the yolk and the egg white are completely solid. Hard boiled eggs are easier to eat and don't necessarily require an egg cup. They are also usually easier to peel. However, they do take longer to cook. Who knows how long exactly eggs need to be cooked for if one wants them hard boiled?
17These onions have been...?
The way that onions are prepared and cooked depends on what they will be used for. For example, if you are preparing onions for onion soup, you will probably want your onions to look like they do in the image to the right. It is obvious that the onions in the image to the right have been cooked for quite a while (they are much browner than they would be if they were cooked for a minute or two). The color is not the only difference - onions that are prepared in this specific way are also much sweeter and softer. So, who knows what method is employed to soften and sweeten onions?
18Add what to scrambled eggs to make them creamier?
Scrambled eggs are incredibly easy to make. All you have to do is pour eggs into a bowl, add some salt and pepper, whisk the mixture with a fork and then pour it into the pan, lifting and folding the mixture as it cooks. Scrambled eggs are delicious, but only if they are made properly. While you can of course make scrambled eggs from the ingredients mentioned above (eggs and salt as well as a bit of pepper), they will taste much better - and creamier - if one other ingredient is used. What is that other ingredient?
19What is the correct water to rice ratio?
Cooking rice is a pretty simple procedure. All you do is pour some rice into a pot, add some salt and top it with water, right? Wrong! It is important to use the correct water to rice ratio, at least if you want your rice to taste fluffy. But what is the correct water to rice ratio? If you cook rice on a regular basis then you should be well aware what the ratio is. Think you know the answer? Then go ahead and choose the correct option below!
20How many teaspoons are in one tablespoon?
In some cases, recipes might require you to measure ingredients using tablespoons or teaspoons. For example, a recipe might call for a tablespoon of salt. But imagine this: your tablespoons are in the wash and you only have teaspoons left. What do you do? You could of course wash your tablespoons. Or you could opt for the simpler option and use a teaspoon instead. Of course, if you decide to go with the latter option it is a good idea to know how many teaspoons are in one tablespoon.
21What is this kitchen utensil called?
This one is simple so there is no reason why anyone should get this question wrong. This kitchen utensil can be found in every single kitchen. Indeed, as far as utensils go, it is a staple. There are very few cooking recipes that you'd be able to follow without owning this kitchen utensil. It is necessary for flipping food and serving it but quite a few people also use it to stir food in the pan too. More often than not this kitchen utensil is made out of plastic or metal. However, it can also be made out of rubber or wood too.
22What is this fruit called?
Know the name of this delicious fruit? According to Benicia Magazine, this fruit originated in modern day Iran and was later exported to China and India via the Silk Road. From there it made its way to Greece and the Mediterranean and then later to Egypt and North Africa. In ancient cultures this fruit was seen as a symbol of fertility and wealth. Today, this fruit is available in supermarkets all over the world. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals and might even help prevent heart disease.
23What is sautéing?
"Sauteing" is another cooking term that everyone should be familiar with. Why? Purely because it is mentioned in almost every recipe book out there. The term itself might sound slightly daunting but it actually refers to a very simple process that absolutely everyone - regardless of whether they are an expert or a newbie in the kitchen - should know how to do. Think you know the meaning of this cooking term? Then prove it by selecting the right answer from the four options that are available below!
24Which of the below is a soft cheese?
Most people will probably agree that cheese is absolutely amazing. Indeed, how many of us have heard people say that they would go vegan if it wasn't for cheese? There are countless of cheese types out there which means that everyone will find a cheese that they will love. Soft cheese, semi-soft cheese, medium-hard cheese, semi-hard cheese and hard cheese are the five main cheese types that are available to us. Of course, soft cheese and hard cheese are the two most popular types. So, which of the below is a soft cheese?
25Which of the below is a hard cheese?
We've already mentioned that there are five main types of cheese out there and that the two most popular types are soft cheese and hard cheese. Soft cheese has a very unique taste and is certainly not for everyone. It is usually not matured and has a milder and creamier taste than hard cheese. Hard cheese on the other hand is cheese that has been aged for quite a while. Hard cheese is low in moisture content and is usually dry and crumbly. Which of the below is a hard cheese?
26Name this herb.
This popular herb is native to the Central Mediterranean region (namely countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco and Tunisia among others) but has been, over the years, naturalized in other parts of the world too. It is probably one of the most popular herbs out there and is often added to various dishes such as pasta dishes, soups and salads. This herb is full of anti-oxidant nutrients, vitamin C and vitamin A. It is also an excellent source of folic acid (The World's Healthiest Foods).
27What is this kitchen utensil called?
Here we have another kitchen utensil. Just like the utensils that we have mentioned previously on this quiz, this one is also a staple and as such can be found in almost every kitchen in the world. This utensil is often used for blending ingredients. The utensil that can be seen in the image to the right is made out of metal but it is not unusual to see these utensils made out of plastic and even bamboo too. What is this utensil called?
28What is simmering?
Quite a few recipes instruct that a dish be simmered at one point or another during the cooking process. Hence, this is another cooking term that everyone should familiarize themselves with, no matter what their cooking experience is. Like most cooking terms it might sound a bit confusing but it actually refers to a very simple process. So, think you know what this term means? Then go ahead and prove it by selecting the correct answer from the four options that are available below.
29What is this?
This food item here is obviously a type of flat bread. According to Desi Blitz, it is often served alongside south Asian dishes and is especially popular in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Most of us eat this bread with curry dishes. This bread has been around for quite a while. Indeed, its name was mentioned as far back as 1300 AD., in the notes of an Indo-Persian poet named Amir Khusrau. So, who can name this flat bread?
30What is this?
This food item here is shaped like a disc and as is probably obvious from the image, it is very thin and crispy. According to The Culture Trip, the ingredients that are used in making this delicious snack vary from one household to the next (and from one country to the next). In India, this food item is served alongside meals whereas in other parts of the world it is eaten as a snack (topped with chutney or other toppings).
31How long does spaghetti take to cook?
Cooking spaghetti is easy, right? Well, not necessarily. Drain your spaghetti too early and it will be too hard. Drain it too late and it will be a mushy mess. It comes as no wonder that so many of us tend to avoid spaghetti altogether, opting for pasta that is easier to cook (and eat!) However, some recipes might specifically call for spaghetti and after all, there is no denying that spaghetti is incredibly delicious. As such, it is worth learning how to cook it properly.
32How long do ravioli take to cook?
We've already mentioned that there are numerous types of pasta out there. However, that does not mean that every pasta is prepared exactly the same way. For example, the amount of time that pasta takes to cook will depend entirely on the type of pasta that you are using (mainly on the pasta's size and the ingredients that it is made from). So, who knows how long one should cook ravioli pasta for? Think you know the answer? Then select the correct option below.
33Name this fruit.
Who knows the name of this exotic fruit? While we may not be as familiar with this fruit as we are with bananas and apples, nowadays this fruit can be found in grocery stores all over the world. This fruit can come in two colors - purple and yellow. According to California Rare Food Growers, the purple fruit is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. However, no one knows for certain where the yellow fruit comes from originally. Regardless, this fruit contains numerous nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin A and C as well as fiber (Health Line).
34What kind of fish is this?
Most people are well aware that fish is good for one's health. Of course, by this we mean fish that has been cooked at home and not fish that has been purchased from a fast food restaurant. The fish that can be seen in the image to the right is probably the most popular fish out there. According to Health Line, it is full of omega-3 fatty acids and is a great source of protein and potassium. It is also full of vitamin B.
35What cheese is used in a Greek salad?
Greek salad is without doubt one of the most popular salads out there, and for good reason. It is healthy, requires few ingredients and is easy to make. Plus, it is incredibly delicious. Of course, Greek salad is popular in countries all over the world, not just in Greece. After all, the ingredients that are needed to make it can be purchased at any local grocery store. So, who knows the type of cheese that is used in a Greek salad?