"Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour. ..."
Here is a quick cognitive stimulation picture and music quiz for 'National Herbs & Spices Day' which is on 10 June.
Begin the session by asking members who likes hot or spicy food?
Who prefers mild and bland food?
Which national food do members prefer - Indian, Chinese, Italian etc?
What are members favourite restaurants and dishes?
Ask members to complete the following phrases, by way of a shout out ...
Salt of the EARTH
Grasp the NETTLE
In mint CONDITION
Sitting on the dock of the BAY
Spice things UP
Take something with a pinch of SALT
As keen as MUSTARD
Lashings of ginger BEER
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BAND
In a PICKLE
Rub salt in the WOUND
Leaves a sour taste in your MOUTH
Flavour of the MONTH
A taste of PARADISE
All done in the best possible TASTE
The sweet taste of SUCCESS
Taste of your own MEDICINE
Time is of the ESSENCE
Variety is the spice of LIFE
And say these well known sayings together
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled PEPPER
What are little boys made of?
Snips and SNAILS
And puppy-dogs’ TAILS
That’s what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and SPICE
And all things NICE
That’s what little girls are made of.
Before the quiz starts, picks some herbs and put them in different paper bags or kitchen towels. Scrunch them up and then pass them around and ask members to comment on fragrance, uses and which are liked best.
Bring in some spice jars and do the same.
Take care members don't ingest the items, in case of allergies etc.
MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ
Ask members to look at the following pictures and identify the herbs and spices. Then answer the questions.
You can print these off for a paper based quiz, or if you click on the first photo a slide show will be opened.
Before playing the song, ask members to remember the four herbs mentioned in the opening line.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4e-FV4P1aU (Lyric video)
ROUND 1. Herbs
M _ _ _ & What meat is this herb (sauce) served with?
L _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What therapeutic value does this herb have?
B _ _ _ _ &. What nationality uses this herb frequently in its food?
R _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & Shakespeare said this herb was for ... what?
F _ _ _ _ _ & What flavour is this herb?
C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What do Americans call this herb?
B _ _ L _ _ _ & What tree do these leaves come from?
O _ _ _ _ _ _ & What flat bread based dish is this often sprinkled on?
D _ _ _ & What pickled dish is this herb used for?
C _ _ _ _ _ & What cold dish is this herb often sprinkled over?
AD BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzdWWaS0PYA
Before playing it, what was the advertising slogan?
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow25lvYoKXo
Which folk tale character is this song associated with?
ROUND 2. Spices
C _ _ _ _ _ & One of the hottest peppers is called what (think Scotland)?
G _ _ _ _ _ & Which horror character is this spice said to repel?
C _ _ _ _ _ & What pain is this spice said to help ease?
G _ _ _ _ _ & Which children's books re associated with a drink made out of this spice?
C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & Which holiday is this spice associated with?
V _ _ _ _ _ _ & Which type of flower does this spice come from?
S _ _ _ _ _ _ & True or False. This spice is more valuable (by weight) than gold? & Which flower does it come from?
C _ _ _ _ L _ _ _ _ _ & What country uses this spice in most of its savoury foods?
N _ _ _ _ _ & What is the outer layer called (it is a separate spice)?
H _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What meat dish is a sauce made from this spice served with?
AD BREAK. What men's fragrance is being advertised here? & What was the advertising slogan?
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXl8xAPAtA
Which actress can be seen on the bottom right of this picture?
ROUND 3. Condiments
M _ _ _ _ _ _ & What is this spread made from?
E _ _ _ _ _ _ _ M _ _ _ _ _ _ & Which animal appears on the label?
H _ _ _ _ _ O _ P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / What does the 'HP' stand for?
W _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ /. Which county is this sauce associated with?
B _ _ _ _ P _ _ _ _ _ & How do you usually put this on your food?
T _ _ _ _ _ K _ _ _ _ _ _ & What number is written on all their products (think varieties)?
M _ _ _ V _ _ _ _ _ _ & Which grain is this product made from?
T _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ & Which country is this hot sauce associated with?
S _ _ S _ _ _ & What percentage of this substance is in seawater (nearest guess)?
G _ _ _ _ & What would you most commonly use to thicken this condiment?
AD BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj-WJHUO6ag
Name the actress?
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wfpXI5PKlw
Name the girls - character names and real names?
ROUND 4. Other Stuff
C _ _ _ _ _ & What effect does this herb have?
C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What drink might you make from this flower?
N _ _ _ _ _ & What leaf would you rub on a sting?
D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What is a flower head gone to seed called?
M _ _ _ _ _ _ & C _ _ _ _ & Where did we probably first learn to grow these seeds?
W _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & In days gone by, how did we usually eat this herb?
A _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What would you usually use this candied herb for?
C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & What rice dish is this spice usually used in?
M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ & Which Jamaican pop star was buried with some of this 'herb'?
R _ _ _ W _ _ _ _ & What sweet's main ingredient is this substance?
AD BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo-_LKp-xCg
What is this advert? & What was the advertising slogan?
REMINISCENCE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWJjcT7Uipo
What children's TV show was this song from?
SONG BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0VTAvYg98E
How many varieties of rose are there in the world (nearest guess)?
FINAL SONG - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JywK_5bT8z0
Names as many different types of sugar as you can?
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Mint / Rost Lamb
Lavender / Sleep
Basil / Italian
Rosemary / Remembrance
Fennel / Aniseed
Coriander / Cilantro
Bay Leaves / Laurel
Oregano / Pizza
Dill / Pickled Cucumber
Chives / Salads
"The mint with the hole"
Chilli / Scotch Bonnett
Garlic / Dracula
Cloves / Dental Pain
Ginger / 'The Famous Five'
Cinnamon / Christmas
Vanilla / Orchid
Saffron / True / Crocus
Curry Leaves / Indian
Nutmeg & Mace
Horseradish / Roast Beef
'Old Spice' / "The mark of a man"
'Marmite' / Yeast as a waste product from breweries
English Mustard / Bull
Houses Of Parliament
Black Pepper / Grind It
Tomato Ketchup / 57
Malt Vinegar / Barley
Tabasco Sauce / Mexico
Salt / 3.5%
Gravy / Flour
Mel B ("Scary Spice"); Melanie C ("Sporty Spice"); Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice"); Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice"); and Victoria Beckham ("Posh Spice")
Catnip / Mellows them out
Chamomile / Tea
Nettles / Dock Leaves
Dandelion / Clock
Mustard & Cress / School
Watercress / Sandwiches
Angelica / Cake Baking
Cardamom / Pilau Rice
Marijuana (Cannabis) / Bob Marley
Rose Water / Turkish Delight
'Fry's Turkish delight' / "Full of Eastern promise"
Granulated, Demerara, Sugar Cubes, Icing, Brown, Caster, Sugar Cane, Honey, Molasses, Treacle etc