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How can I tell the difference between a rabbit and a cat?

In Germany we have an old (joking) saying that roughly translates to "head off, tail off - bunny", so your question is legitimate. But first thing's first: There is no health risk1 involved if you ate ...
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What is this green, bulbous, leafy vegetable?

As was mentioned, this is a kohlrabi. I felt more explanation should be given based on the fascinating nature of this plant. Kohlrabi is one of the handful of cultivars of brassica oleracea. Others ...
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What kind of pickle was this?

It sounds like you may be describing a caper berry. Most folks are familiar with capers, which are the pickled or salted flower bud from the caper plant. However, if the buds are left to mature into ...
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What are these spaghetti-like strings in the rice I got from a Turkish shop?

It's toasted vermicelli. This dish is called şehriyeli pilav in Turkey, riz bi sh’arieh in Lebanon and Syria, shehrehi yeghintz in Armenia, and reshteh polo in Iran. The basic idea is that you brown ...
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What is this plant I saw for sale at a Romanian farmer's market?

That actually are tips of trees, probably spruce1. It’s this year’s new growth and a very seasonal product. The tips are harvested when the are (about) fully grown, but still light green and soft. I ...
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How can I tell the difference between a rabbit and a cat?

In the textbook Text-book of meat hygiene: with special consideration to ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of food-producing animals (Edelmann & Eichorn, 1908), pages 64-65 concern ...
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Israeli soda type drink

What you're describing sounds like jallab. From Will Travel For Food: Jallab is a very popular drink in the Middle East. It’s made by diluting the syrup made of grape molasses, dates and rose water ...
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What is this waxed root vegetable?

It looks like it could be yuca/cassava, based on the appearance alone. (Note: this is not the same as or related to yucca.) The picture on Wikipedia even shows a waxed version. https://en.wikipedia....
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What kind of vegetable has pink and white concentric rings?

That is a chioggia beet, I believe, but watermelon radish is also colored similarly.
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How can I tell the difference between a rabbit and a cat?

The simplest way to tell the difference is to look at the ribs. Cats have one pair of floating ribs, but rabbits have three pairs. The floating ribs are the ones at the bottom (i.e. towards the tail),...
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What is this plant I saw for sale at a Romanian farmer's market?

I'm French, and I happen to know someone that uses this kind of spruce tips to make alcohol. It's well-known in the Alps region of France. People tend to use these things to make "sapinette" (which ...
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What can I call this Swiss Chard side dish exactly in a menu?

In the U.S., we would call usually these greens and not herbs. So why not use "sauteed field greens" or "sauteed wild greens"? You should use a word like sautéed to indicate that ...
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What is this seed pod?

Looks like cardamom to me, regularly used in Indian and other South Asian cuisine and often left as whole seed pods in dishes for unsuspecting diners to accidentally chew on.
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Israeli soda type drink

That's most likely Jallab though not a quintessential Israeli drink it is part of the middle eastern cuisine. Jallab (Arabic: جلاب / ALA-LC: jallāb) is a type of fruit syrup popular in the Middle ...
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Can you help me identify this garnish?

The picture isn't from the best angle for identification, though it's very pretty, but it looks to be a pea shoot (picture). These are common garnishes for savoury dishes, but much less common for ...
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What kind of yeast is this?

In addition to the accepted answer: This is called Fresh Yeast in English. There are two other types of yeast commonly available in the English speaking world, called instant (bread machine) yeast and ...
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What is this veggie sold as "leek sprout" in an Asian market?

Yellow Chinese chives. These are the same as Chinese garlic chives, but they've been "bleached" by covering them; this results in a milder, sweeter flavor. They're generally minced and put ...
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What is this vial for in this package of grass jelly?

Ok, did a little more hunting and found this link which says: Some packages contain a sugar packet and a small tube of banana essence. The banana essence can be a bit strong, but if you enjoy it, add ...
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Georgian dessert based on walnuts

It was most likely a simple preserve. Unripe walnuts are commonly eaten in Eastern Europe, and preserve is one of the widespread preparations. (Maybe even the only widespread one besides liqueur - ...
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Could I possibly tell imitation lobster from real lobster?

If it is high quality imitation lobster and you are not amongst the highest skilled tasters (few of us are), you won't be able to tell the difference by yourself. Imitation seafood is made from ...
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What is this green, bulbous, leafy vegetable?

Kohlrabi. Basically a form of turnip.
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Identifying a type of Pizza Topping

I can understand your confusion, but this is assuredly not a dessert pizza. The white circles of sauce, while they look like icing in appearance, are actually Ranch Dressing. For comparison, here is a ...
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What can I call this Swiss Chard side dish exactly in a menu?

If the menu actually provides descriptions of dishes, then I would just use the Italian name and describe it in English. This is very normal at least in the US for dishes from international cuisine, ...
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What are Omaha Steaks "Potatoes Au Gratin" actually?

These are very similar to potato croquettes, for which there are tons of recipes. Those are usually made with mashed potatoes instead of shredded, but otherwise pretty much the same deal. You can find ...
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What is this "Egyptian Coffee"?

This is actually the Turkish method for making coffee, or a variant of it. Coffee grounds, cold water and sugar are brought just to a boil several times before being poured into small cups. For this ...
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What kind of yeast is this?

It's often called fresh yeast in English.
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What are "Honey Bubbles" and how are they made?

You can do this with an air pump, egg white powder and xanthan gum :) http://www.molecularrecipes.com/culinary-foams-class/bubbles-air-pump/ The “bubbles with air pump” technique consists of ...
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Identifying bulgur from cracked wheat

Cook some of each. The one that's done in 20 mins or so is bulgur. [I tend towards 1:1.6 bulgur:water, 15 mins simmer, 15 mins rest.] The one that eventually needs more water adding & takes at ...
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Can anyone identify this chocolate?

This Chocolate is Van-Leer semi sweet. It was an old American chocolate manufacturer that was recently purchased by Callebaut. It does have a distinct slab style. This is available in the bulk section ...
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What is this really tasty part of a chicken found in a cavity in the hip?

Those are the chicken oysters -- muscle meat, not organ meat. I'm glad you've learnt to enjoy them by intuition, as they are indeed a prized portion of the chicken. Wikipedia tells me the French call ...
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