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As predicted, not a very exciting week I fear. It’s heavy on the dairy products too, with a lot of Spanish/Mexican influence.

Qat. Leaves of a bush found in East Africa, which are chewed for their stimulant and mildly hallucinogenic properties. Not recommended as a staple diet, but the stimulant properties may help stave off any hunger pangs, and the chewing may just fool you into thinking you’re eating.

Quaalude/Quandary/Quarterdeck et al. There are lots and lots of cocktails beginning with the letter ‘q.’ Huzzah!

Quahogs. A type of clam. I like seafood.

Quail. Not bad, a bit gamey. Not very big, so you need one per person. They look small even spatchcocked.

Quails’ eggs. Like the parents, quite gamey. In fact they taste so meaty you wonder if you ate them just before they hatched. Not bad though.

Quaker Oats. Fine for breakfast, but for dinner?

Quark. This was a hugely fashionable cookery ingredient in the 1990s. Every TV chef and his brother jumped on the quark bandwagon. Now this soft cheese, with a consistency sort of midway between cottage cheese and ricotta, has sunk into obscurity. Alongside the other 1990s staple, mouli.

Quarts of ale or cider. Cheating, but you may be getting desperate for a drink, and it’s a bit early for cocktails.

Quatro. Yes the spelling is correct. Short lived fizzy canned drink, UK about 1982 to 1986. I’ve no idea what the four ‘fruit flavours’ were, but the drink itself was bright green like ectoplasm.

Quavers. Some sort of potato flour/cornstarch fried creation. Horrible.

Queen of puddings. Glorified trifle. Cake, custard, jam, and chewy meringue. I’d rather go hungry if it’s OK with you.

Quesadillas. Yummy.

Queso choriqueso. One of the best of the many queso recipes, where the meat sauce is made with chorizo, onion, chilli, and spices, the whole lot being smothered in melted cheese. A bit like a meaty fondue gone wrong. Delicious though.

Quetzal. Small brightly coloured bird of the trogon family, native to the Amazon Basin. It might be edible. It might. Don’t mistake it for the monetary unit of Guatemala. I’m sure that’s not edible.

Quiche. Not, apparently, a suitable food for real men, so they can go hungry to show just how hard they are.

Quick Soup. A Knorr product line with no discernible nutritional value whatsoever. Average 85 to 115 cals per cup, with 0% fat, 0% protein, and 0% carbohydrates. Where do the calories come from?

Quigley’s kebabs. Not anything to do with the very trendy Quigley’s restaurants in the US, a small chain of kebaberies in the area round Bristol in the UK. I had to Google that one. I was despairing.

Quince. Usually eaten as a jelly. Never seen it any other way. You can eat it on toast, or do what the Spanish do and serve it with sheep’s cheese. Some authorities claim the Tree of Knowledge wasn’t an apple but a quince. Who cares?

Quinoa. Pronounced chin wah. Very fashionable seed ‘superfood,’ beloved of urban warriors and housewives alike.  It will fall from grace again soon.

Quorn. A classic ‘good concept poor execution,’ this meat substitute is anything but. It’s made from mycoprotein (ie it’s basically fungus) but despite that isn’t suitable for vegans, as they add milk protein as a binder. It doesn’t taste bad, but it doesn’t taste like meat. Expensive too. Bit of a waste of time.

Quosh. This was quite a big brand of fruit squash back in the late 50s/early 60s. Recent new lease of life when the brand was bought from Britivic by Symington’s. Still about as healthy as Sunny D, ie not at all.

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