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The Culinary Alphabet, The letter Q

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Welcome to the next installment of The Culinary Alphabet, The letter Q.   I haven’t found the letter Q as difficult as some of the other letters although I am guessing I am heading towards the section of the Alphabet which at some point quite soon will get more difficult. I hope you enjoy this tour around the letter Q.



quince jam


The quince looks similar to the pear and is bright golden when it is ripe although that creamy white flesh turns into a deep, dusky red color when it is cooked.

The quince is high in pectin which makes it perfect for preserves and jellies and that is what I remember my mum making with quinces a lovely jam. Raw it has a tart, astringent taste and the smell is likened to that of a tropical fruit it is also packed with Vitamin C.



Is a term used for crosses cut on food for food presentation.



Queso Blanco is Spanish and is unaged fresh cheeses made from cows milk although sometimes goats milk is added to the mix it is also said that it is known in some cases to be the cause of food poisoning.



The Quail is a small ground resting game bird which is very popular in French cuisine and often seen on TV cooking shows looking very fancy. Part of the peasant family the Common Quail has been replaced by the domesticated Japanese Quail as the bones in a quail are small they are commonly eaten and not removed from the carcass. The quail is very popular in Thailand and often found on the street markets here…Roasting away and very delicious.


Quail’s Eggs


Quails eggs are something of a delicacy and often made into small scotch eggs on posh menus.  Here they are classed as street food and sold fried and served with fish sauce and are one of my favorite snacks.



Means Four Spices. The four spices used are a pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or cloves and are used to season vegetables, soups or stews.



Ice cream is often a quenelle on a dessert it can also mean a mix of fish or meat bound together with an egg and formed into rounds. These are then cooked.



My favorite quiche is cheeses and bacon or maybe it is smoked salmon.
I just love a nice quiche with some salad.
This one I didn’t add tomatoes as hubby doesn’t like them but generally, I would if I was making a larger one.


For the pastry
  • 175g/6oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g/2¾oz butter
  • salt
For the filling
  • 250g/9oz Cheddar, grated
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • 200g/7oz bacon, chopped
  • 4 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 1 med brown onion, chopped…sometimes I use spring onions.
  • 200ml/3½fl oz milk
  • 100ml/7fl oz double cream
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper


Let’s Bake!

  • Firstly make up your pastry and leave to rest for at least 15 mins in the fridge.
  • While your pastry is resting cook your bacon and cut into inch pieces or you can cut it before cooking whatever is easier
  • Chop your onion finely and crack the eggs into a bowl, and beat them well, Season.
  • Grate your cheese(s)


  1. Roll out your chilled pastry to fit your oven proof dish.
  2. Line the dish and prebake on 180C for about 15 mins.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little then add the chopped onion, bacon and cheese and pour over the liquids.
  4. Pop the quiche back into the oven for about 5 mins and then add the sliced tomatoes around the edges of the dish.
  5. Then back into the oven on 160 C for a further 25-30 mins until the eggs are set and the top is brown if it cooks too quickly then reduce the heat or cover the top of the dish with some greaseproof paper.




A highly nutritious grain which many of my friends love. It is gluten-free and high in protein.




Said to have originated as far back as the 14th century in Central Europe, Quark is low in calories and fat, and makes a great healthy baking substitute if you’re trying to keep on top of eating a little bit better.



Is a large clam found on the Atlantic coast of North American and often used in clam chowder…


Q Texture

To test awareness i.e soft, springy, elastic it is what umani is to the Japanese or al-dente is to the Italians.



A sweet plum with green flesh and purple skin.



If I say, Tortilla with lots of cheeses then I think you would have guessed correctly.





Is the flavoring for the tonic which goes with your Gin. Cheers! It is a bitter compound that comes from the bark of the cinchona tree. The tree is most commonly found in South America, Central America, the islands of the Caribbean, and parts of the western coast of Africa. Quinine was originally developed as a medicine to fight malaria. I think I prefer it as a tonic to go with my gin.

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About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

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