Weekly Competition #27

This competition needed you to use your CURIOUS minds to think about food! We asked you to be curious about foods that are eaten in different cultures, countries or religions. We asked you:

  • What is the food that you are curious about and where is it from?
  • Why is it eaten?

Well done to everyone who got our tastebuds tingling this week with various foods from around the world. There was fantastic curiosity shown, really good questions asked and excellent research!

Our winners this week were Ravenscroft and Faringdon. Well done to those entries – we enjoyed finding out about new things, thought they were well researched and left us thinking about history, religion, food production and alternatives. Great work!

This competition is now closed. You can enter this week’s competition by clicking here.


  1. I have chosen ice cream. There is no official origin to when it was invented but over the decades ice cream has developed to what we now know and love. It is said the closest recipe to how ice cream is now was made in the sixteenth century. Until the 1800 ice cream was only a desert for the upper class. Ice cream manufacturing became even more popular as technology grew. Scientific research shows people have the same pleasure as eating as they would doing another enjoyable activity which is why it is a very popular summer treat.
    Curious Kitty

    • Curious Kitty, I agree with your points however Mongolia created ice cream before the sixteenth century.

  2. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I have chosen fish and chips. Fish and chips is a traditional British dish that consist of fried battered fish and deep fried chips . It is a very popular take away and first appeared in the 1860s. By 1910, there were more than 25,000 fish and chip shops across the UK. In the UK, Friday has always been the traditional day to eat fish and chips. It is part of our culture and religion not to eat meat on Friday or during lent.

  3. I have chosen bread; it was eaten by early human societies, such as the Ancient Egyptians (North-Eastern Africa), the Romans (Europe) and many more. In fact, there is extensive evidence of bread making in Ancient Egypt: remains and structures of items used to make bread, as well as the remains of dough and bread itself.
    It is eaten by different religions and cultures, for example:
    *Christians eat hot cross buns during Good Friday to remember the death of Jesus Christ.
    *Jews eat unleavened bread, known as Matzo, at Passover. This is because the Jews were in such a rush to escape the pharaoh, they couldn’t wait around for the bread to rise.
    I believe it is truly astonishing that a mixture of flour, water and yeast can symbolise different things for each culture. We take food for granted, especially bread. Without it, we wouldn’t have our favourite foods such as sandwiches and pizza.

  4. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    Charoset is a sweet paste made out of fruits and nuts. It is eaten at Passover Seder, a feast that marks the Jewish festival of Passover. Its color and texture are meant to recall mortar (or mud used to make adobe bricks) which the Israelites used when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt as mentioned in Tractate Pesahim of the Talmud. The Talmud is the book which carries the main Jewish Holy Law and Order. It is made in different ways for each subdivision of Judaism, but most include raisins, figs or dates. Others also include spices such as cinnamon, and may even contain wine. In 2015, there was a Ben and Jerrys charoset ice cream made available in Israel, but not much is said about it other than the fact that it was covered by the news. I think it would be quite similar to many other foods, which many are flavoured by the ingredients of it.


  5. Malcolm Arnold Academy Malcolm Arnold Academy

    I have chosen Stargazy Pie. It originated in Cornwall, England, however, there are many different stories to why – every year on December 23 – it is eaten. One story was that during the world war, a fisher name Tom caught some fish and decided to make some pie to solve the starvation and low rations. This is why every year Cornwall celebrates Tom Bowcock’s Eve – a festival named after him – with Stargazy Pie.

    I think that this pie should be eaten far into the future as it is very tasty also we shouldn’t forget what Tom Bowcock did.

    Sources :

  6. Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

    Originating from England I have chosen crisps, a light potato based snack. I don’t think it ever represented anything, making me wonder:
    Who invented Crisps?
    Why did they invent them?
    When did they invent them?
    How did they invent them?
    Where did they invent them? At home, a factory, where?
    P.S. I will research the answers.

  7. Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

    Originating from Brazil i have chosen Brigadiers they come from Brazil and it is a sweet treat for carnivals and is an amazing dish
    Who had the brilliant idea of inventing it?
    What is it made from?
    Why did they chose to create them?
    Where did they invent them?
    And why did they choose to give a sweet treat to humanity, which is destroying our planet?

  8. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I have chosen crayfish. Crayfish are eaten throughout the world but there is a special event called “kräftskiva” which means “Crayfish party” in Swedish. These parties happen in August and September and family and friends can come round to enjoy cold crayfish. A typical meal at a crayfish party would be crayfish, västerbotten cheese and schnapps.
    These are caught at night (they are nocturnal) and are a delicacy very loved in Sweden.

  9. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    The food that I have chosen is som tam (or green papaya salad) is from Thailand.
    It is made of pound garlic, chillies, tamarind sauce, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. It look’s very delicious and strange at the same time because of the dried shrimp. The shrimp look a bit like fried potato chips or bits of carrot. It look’s great all the same.

    Happy Llama 😉

  10. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I chose pork (meat derived from pigs) due to my parents’ religious faith of Islam. In Islam, pork is viewed as dirty and ‘harem’ or ‘forbidden.’ Because of this Muslims tend not to consume pork or pork-based products. Pork is the most commonly ingested meat world-wide and evidence of pig husbandry dates back to at least 5000 BC. It is eaten mainly in western-cultures due to it being more commercialised and readily accessible. I don’t find a desire to eat cooked pork, however, I would like to be able to eat more sweets and gelatin-based products as they are very main-stream and there aren’t often many products that replicate the taste of products with pork in.


  11. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I choose prawns because prawns are the best sea feed in the world. It is a shame that the Jews don’t eat them.

  12. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    The food I’m looking at today is mochi. Mochi is a rice like dumpling it is first pounded boiled and shaped in a round chewy ball for JAPANESE new year. The exact origin is undecided but Japanese history states that it begins in 300 bce – 300 ad. Mochi is also used as a sign of status in ancient Japan and is used to represent the end of the new year celebration. used to represent luck however is dangerous. this new year celebration 2 died a horrible death due to choking on mochi. Be careful this deadly but really tasty for crying out loud it soooo good like really good it is the best. But be careful please.

  13. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I have chosen cake. Cake is nice and can be eaten whenever, but is almost always at celebrations. It is often a must-have for things like birthday parties and weddings. Why is this? Why is it the norm to have cake at any significant event?


  14. Ingoldsby Academy Ingoldsby Academy

    I think I will choose ice cream

  15. Ingoldsby Academy Ingoldsby Academy

    Ice cream is nice and I want to know its history,my favourite is strawberry

  16. Ingoldsby Academy Ingoldsby Academy

    Kiwi comes from New Zealand I think people like it because it’s healthy and I think it taste lovely and it’s quite a nice fruit

  17. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    For my food, I have chosen caramel. Caramel mainly consists of melted sugar. Round about 1650, the Americans were experimenting when they mixed boiling water and melted sugar and created toffee. Toffee is a harder version of caramel. Then, in the early nineteenth century, the Americans created another type of caramel is by using sugar beet juice. The eighteen hundreds created a huge trend for caramel/ toffee as there were round about 400 factories.

    The reason why I’m curious about it is that I don’t understand how it works (the first time it was made.) If sugar and water make really sweet water then how come boiling water and melted sugar makes toffee. Maybe the water has an impact on the sugar to create the toffee but I’m not really sure about it.

  18. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    The food that I am curious about is: the chocolate Easter egg.

    Today, many people associate Easter with chocolate eggs and other sweet goodies rather then the Christian commemoration of Jesus Christs crucifixion and following resurrection. What I wanted to know is how did chocolate eggs become such a popular treat on Easter, are the roots tied in the religion and why, where and when were they invented?

    So although not chocolate eggs, according to a post by Chas Early written earlier this year, ‘The practice of decorating birds’ eggs dates back tens of thousands of years – decorated and engraved ostrich eggs have been discovered in Africa that date as far back as 60,000 years.’ and that ‘the Christian tradition of giving Easter eggs began in Mesopotamia – modern-day Iraq and Syria – where egg decoration had already been a custom for a few thousand years. ‘. To symbolize the blood that Jesus shed at his crucifixion, Christian often stained the eggs red-the colour of blood.

    From painting bird eggs, later ( in 18th century ) people began getting more creative with the eggs they gave ‘Fake eggs made of papier-maché, with small gifts hidden inside, could be purchased around this time; by the 19th century cardboard eggs covered with silk, lace or velvet and tied with ribbon were fashionable.’

    In the 19th century, the first chocolate eggs were made in France and Germany but these were bitter and not hollow. As chocolate making developed and new techniques were created, near the end of the 19th century hollow chocolate eggs were developed and ‘The first of these were made in Bristol, by chocolatier JS Fry & Son, in 1873. The company eventually merged with Cadbury’s, which launched its first Easter egg line in 1875.’ From there, chocolate companies grew and kept getting better techniques and, subsequently the chocolate eggs became more delicious and a more common Easter treat( especially helped by the invention of milk chocolate) , to what they are today: a treat that Easter will be forever tied with.

    So although Christians did not invent painting eggs in the springtime , long ago they adopted this activity to symbolise their beliefs and to symbolise re-birth and new life, and Easter eggs came, although many centuries later, to symbolize a similar thing. It took a long time for Easter eggs to resemble what they are today but they had their roots in the colourful painting of bird eggs.

    Today, easter means different things to different people. For those who aren’t Christian it is just simply a time for family get-togethers, celebration and the hope of a break from the dreary rain in England, for Christians they just also look at this as a time to remember, reflect and be thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice.

    I think that Easter eggs are a really nice thing. Being a Christian, Easter is a time to focus on my faith but it is also a time to be happy as a family and for me, Easter eggs is part of that. It is just really nice on Easter to indulge in a chocolaty treat and ,share them with my siblings and be happy. This is the same for millions of children ( and adults ) around Britain, Easter eggs are just a nice thing to eat at Easter as a rare, delicious treat, and for those who are Christians, it just symbolises more to them and is a reminder of being thankful and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.




  19. I have chosen ravioli, this food is originally from Italy but was introduced to England and is now available in packets where you just put it in boiling water. You can only make ravioli with fresh pasta (soft) not hard like penne or spaghetti. I think it is really clever because it is Italy’s food with different flavours, usually spinach and Ricotta.Strictly speaking pasta came from china (noodles) but nowadays we see them as different foods.
    Cocktail Inferno

  20. The food I am interested in is rice.
    Rice is the seed of the plant Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). Rice is a monocot so it is normally grown as an annual plant. Although, in tropical areas it can survive as a perennial and can produce a rice for up to 30 years. The main thing that I am fascinated with is that rice can be grown almost anywhere since it is such a resilient plant.
    Fun Fact
    there was a Taiwanese artist that carved a portrait of the new Chinese leader… on a grain of rice!
    sceptic cookie

  21. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School


    The food I have chosen to research is ‘chicken & chips’ because this is one of the foods that I love and is a traditional English dish. I want to learn more about it and will research and add to the comment.

  22. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School

    #green f
    The food I am going .research is sushi because I want to know were it originated and the history of it.

  23. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School

    #Golden Fox
    The food I have chosen to research is pizza because it is a really popular dish in the uk and my family love it .

  24. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School

    The food I am going to research is chicken because of it’s spectator taste and popularity all over the world.I wonder if the welfare of chicken is the same in every country?

  25. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School

    #silly fox
    The food I have chosen is chow mien because of the popularity in the uk. I wonder how it tastes and how was it made and who made it and first tried it ?

  26. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School

    The food that I am going to research is pepperoni. I want to find our how it is made and where it came from. It is a very popular pizza topping but not everyone loves it. It is a bit like marmite.
    I found out that pperoni is a cured dry sausage similar to the spicy salamis of southern Italy, such as salsiccia Napoletana piccante, a spicy dry sausage from Naples, or the soppressata from Calabria.

  27. Foxfield Primary School Foxfield Primary School

    #JDfox I have chosen sushi because I always thought that sushi was a strange type of food and I am not allowed to eat it
    because I hate it when people kill animal and fish. Sushi began around the 8th century in Japan. The original type of sushi was first developed in Southeast Asia as a means of preserving fish in fermented rice. In the Muromachi period, people began to eat the rice as well as the fishone man given credit for the creation of the iconic Japanese meal as we now know it. His name is Yohei Hanaya. Sushi itself has its roots in a imported during from ancient China, in which fish was salted and then wrapped with fermented rice to keep it from going bad think of it as being interchangeable with raw fish. Sushi is vinegared rice topped with other ingredients. Sashimi, which is slices of raw fish alone, is not sushi because it isn’t accompanied with rice. … The word “sushi” means “it’s sour,” which reflects back to sushi’s origins of being preserved in saltOne common story of nigirizushi’s origins is of the chef Hanaya Yohei (1799-1858), who invented or perfected the technique in 1824 at his shop in Ryōgoku. After the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, nigirizushi chefs were displaced from Edo throughout Japan, popularizing the dish throughout the history

  28. Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

    i have choosen chilly
    who made it?
    why was it made?
    why are some spicy and some are not ?
    why are they spicy?
    what origanary was the color?
    when were they made?

  29. Chiltern Way Academy Chiltern Way Academy

    i think chicken & chips and strawberry and donuts are very nice and i feel sorry for the vegans becuse they cant eat meat i dont think we should not have diet ts

  30. Chiltern Way Academy Chiltern Way Academy

    I choose jelly beans,a soft jelly sweet,and these are my questions:
    Who made jelly bean’s ?
    When were they made?
    Where were they made?
    P.S: If i can find out, i will
    Silent Russian ): ^ (

  31. Chiltern Way Academy Chiltern Way Academy

    the food i have chosen to research is chicken fajita because this is one of the foods i love and is a traditional Mexican dish. I want to learn more about it and research and may add to the Comment LH

  32. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I have chosen Dates. Dates are a dried up fruit. Mostly, Muslims would eat them for Ramadan. Why? Because when you break your fast (when they start eating, when they are not supposed to) they would eat a date first. When a prophet broke his fast, he ate a date. So, everyone started to eat dates whenever they break their fast. Dates were originally from Iraq. But they are found in the US, Spain, India, Pakistan and China. It grows on Date palms. A few people are allergic to this fruit.


  33. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Tofu, which is a food that is popular in Asia, is the food I have chosen. It is most eaten when it’s Chinese New Year and it’s one of the most traditional foods all over China. It is normally made out of one ingredient, soya milk. The majority of China eats tofu thanks to the fact that it originated there. Of course, people eat foods there with chopsticks. You can choose to eat the tofu raw, do something like frying it. You can eat tofu with many things such as rice, vegetables or noodles. Tofu can be cooked firm or soft. Vegans can eat this product because it has no dairy in it. It is counted as healthy, so why not try it?


  34. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I am going to talk about ramen noodles. Did you know Ramen is from
    China? But people have made it in other country’s like America
    Or Japan also ramen is only 7g of fat and 188 calories. Istant ramen was created
    By Momofuku Ando, founder of Nissin. 95 billion servings of ramen were
    Eaten worldwide in 2011. A scholar named Shu Shunsui brought a ramen recipe with him when he escaped Manchu rule in China and moved to Japan.


  35. Briar Hill Primary School  Briar Hill Primary School 

    FOOD history
    Food in BRITAIN has a rich and varied history and culture.
    Fish on friday
    Many christains especially catholics (refrain from eating meat on friday)
    Why don ‘ t some people eat meat on friday?
    For centries christains have abstained from meat on friday as a form of penance to remember our blessed lords crucifixion in which he obtained for us our salvation.
    Why muslims cant have meat?
    well in evry culture you can find food that is tato. IN western sociesties there are certain foods that are toboo such as meat from horses cats and dogs.
    Mr exbox miss binger

  36. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I choose chocolate because some people are allergic to nuts.


  37. Ben Jonson Primary School Ben Jonson Primary School

    I have chosen pancakes because I am curious to find out where it is from and which country is it originated in . In my opinion I think it is from Italy. It is eaten because since foods like egg butter and milk are discouraged during the Lenten season Christians used these ingredients to make pancakes.
    By diamond giraffe

  38. I chose Bone Marrow as it is edible and an unusual but popular dish. The bone marrow of animals is widely used by humans as food. It consists of yellow marrow contained in long bones. There is also red marrow, which contains more nutrients than yellow marrow. It may be found in bone-in cuts of meat purchased from a butcher or supermarket.

    Some dishes that uses bone marrow are: Germany’s beef soup, served with Markklößchen (bone marrow balls), Sapu Mhichā, leaf tripe bag stuffed with bone marrow, is a delicacy among the Newars of Kathmandu and Bone marrow with sirloin steak, bordelaise sauce and sautéed sprouts with chestnuts.

    It is a widely populated dish around the world. In many cultures, bone marrow has been their lives for decades. It is their history. In early history, it is believed that early humans were scavengers rather than hunters in some regions of the world. Marrow would have been a useful food source (largely due to its fat content) for tool-using hominids, who were able to crack open the bones of carcasses left by apex predators such as lions.

    European diners in the 18th century often used a marrow scoop (or marrow spoon), often of silver and with a long, thin bowl, as a table implement for removing marrow from a bone. Bone marrow was also used in various preparations, such as pemmican. Bone marrow’s popularity as a food is now relatively limited in the western world, but it remains in use in some gourmet restaurants, and is popular among food enthusiasts.

    Bone Marrow is mainly fat, but it has a source of protein. A 3-ounce serving of bone marrow has 314 calories per serving and only 2.7 grams of protein, which provides less than 10 percent of the 46 to 56 grams of protein recommended daily for women and men.

    As I have listed, Bone Marrow has an age to it. It’s also the future. We eat animals. The legs, chest and shoulders… however if we eat meat, we need to eat as much as we can. But you walk in a shop, you don’t snouts or tails on sale. That is the same with bone marrow. I’m saying if we eat an animal, don’t just eat the leg…eat the bone marrow and the other parts.


  39. I’m choosing chili. It is made in mexico and is delicious

  40. Willowtown Primary School Willowtown Primary School

    i choose the food : ice lolly i know that ice lollies originated by a child in the 1800s who left out a glass of squash on a cold night with a stick in it to see what would happen now i am sceptical about this but belive it at the same time can anyone confirm to me that it is true ?

    sincerely emotions of youtube

  41. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I would choose an omelette because it has egg and some other ingredients in it. I am curious of where they originated from and who’s idea it was to invent them.

  42. I would choose ackee because it is a really weird fruit. It looks like scrambled eggs but is buttery and melts in your mouth a bit. Ackee can be poisonous if you don’t take out the seed and its veins. Ackee is originally from Ghana but was imported to the Caribbean in the slave trade by Captain William Bligh. It is now Jamaica’s breakfast staple and is usually served with salted cod also known as saltfish. Ackee is derived from the original name Ankye which comes from the Twi language of Ghana. The botanical name of the fruit – Blighia Sapida – was given in honour of Captain Bligh.


  43. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    i am sceptical about the saying “carbohydrates make you fat”. I tried out a diet that included mostly carbohydrates for 3 days and i lost a couple of pounds. therefore, carbohydrates don’t seem to necessarily make you fat.

  44. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    broccoli is supposed to be good for lowering blood pressure, but apparently it makes your blood pressure higher!?