Weekly Competition #27

Welcome to the first competition for Issue 5! 

This competition needs you to use your CURIOUS minds and it’s all about food!

This week, we’d like you to be curious about foods that are eaten in different cultures, countries or religions. You will need to tell the Burnet News Club:

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

For example: I have chosen donuts. Lots of people eat donuts! But specifically, Jewish people will eat donuts during the festival of Hanukkah. They eat foods fried in oil to remember a story of an oil lamp that miraculously burned for eight nights, even though it only had enough oil for one. I think this sounds great, because who doesn’t like donuts?!

Good luck! Winners will be announced on Friday. Don’t forget to add your Hub handle on your entry.


  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

  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.

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  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

    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?


  13. Ingoldsby Academy Ingoldsby Academy

    I think I will choose ice cream

  14. Ingoldsby Academy Ingoldsby Academy

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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.




  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

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