Fun Food Trivia
TRIVIA QUESTION: I am an oily paste, extracted from a seed that was featured in the movie Antitrust. Although you will find me in the occasional Chinese recipe, I am more commonly thought of in connection with Mid-Eastern cuisine. I am one of the chief ingredients in hummus, a bean and garlic dip featured in meze - the mid-Eastern version of hor's d'oeuvres that consists of a number of sweet and savory goodies. (In a pinch I also make an excellent sandwich spread!) Nutritionally, I am one of the few food sources of a vitamin which is thought to strengthen red blood cells.. What am I?
Need another clue? Replacing my fifth letter with my first letter gives you the name of a well-known Island in the South Pacific.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tahini. Tahini is a type of paste that is extracted from sesame seeds. In the movie Antitrust, the main character had a severe allergic reaction to sesame seeds. (While tahini is not commonly featured in Chinese recipes, sesame seeds have been eaten in China for about 5,000 years.). Along with egg yolks, sesame seeds are one of the few sources of Vitamin T.
Hummus (from About's Guide to Busy Cooks)