• English Cooking and Food Vocabulary: How To Cook Up A Storm In English

    In today’s class, we are going to learn about English cooking and food vocabulary. Don’t you think it is a good idea to combine practicing your English while learning how to cook delicious recipes? Today we are here to help you to give instructions in English, while providing lots of new cooking vocabulary so you can tell your friends about some tasty treats. First of all, here are some delicious looking recipes:

    English Cooking and Food Vocabulary

    Those videos made me hungry! Now we will look at some vocabulary from the videos you just watched. Can you read the sentences below and guess what the words in bold mean?

    English Cooking and Food Vocabulary

    He cracked open the egg, to reveal the yolk (yellow part).
    The butter melted in the hot sun.
    The cheese was grated so that it could melt easier.
    Cakes are often baked in the oven.
    The most common way to cook pasta is to boil it.
    Vegetables can be cut in many ways when preparing food, including diced.
    Pork, chicken, beef and other meats can be ground so they can be used in many recipes.
    The bolognese sauce was left to simmer in the pan for a few hours.
    Many people in the UK add milk to their tea and stir it to make sure they mix.
    The eggs were whisked to make them fluffy.Adding a pinch of salt to your dish can add a lot of flavour.
    At many ice cream kiosks, you can say how many scoops of ice cream you want in your cone.

    English Cooking and Food Vocabulary Definitions

    If you still are not sure what the words in bold mean, maybe this next part of the class will help you. Below is a list of the vocabulary from the sentences and next to those are some jumbled definitions. Match the vocabulary to the corresponding definition and write your answers in the comment section to see if you are correct. 

    English Cooking and Food Vocabulary Instructions

    Good work! Now that you have mastered some cooking vocabulary, we are going to look at how to use the vocabulary in sentences. This will help us when we need to give instructions. This is called a recipe-something that can be seen in cook books. Using the video we watched earlier, we are going to write some sentences so you can give your friends a recipe. But first, we need to look at a few more words that will help you give instructions.

    The first thing we need to do when giving instructions is to tell the person the order of the steps. This tells the person what to do first, and what to do last. The most common words to use when doing this are; first, then, next, after that and finally. On top of this, it can also be useful to tell the person what is important to do (these are called modal verbs) when making the recipe. For example, words such as you (don’t) need to, you must mustn’t, you should/shouldn’t.

    English and Cooking Vocabulary Gap Fill Exercise

    Now we have the basic structure to give cooking instructions. Can you complete the sentences below in order to tell someone how to make Italian ragù (the second video) using the vocabulary, sequence words and modal verbs? As always, write your answers in the comments section, and we’ll get back to you!

    1. _________________ (sequence word) add some oil and ___________  (verb) some butter into a pan.
    2. Then, _____________ (verb) some onions and add them with the butter and oil.
    3. _____________ (sequence word), add some pancetta and other vegetables. Add the ground meat and ____________ (verb) gently, to mix everything together.
    4. Add a _____________ of salt and some red wine and pomodoro and continue stirring. Then, __________ (modal verb) place a lid on the pan to make sure that the sauce doesn’t become too dry.
    5. ______________ (sequence word) allow the sauce to _____________ (verb) for around two hours.
    6. Whilst the sauce is cooking, _____________(verb) some water for the pasta, and cook the pasta for ten minutes.
    7. ________________ (sequence word) add the pasta to the sauce. You ____________ (modal verb) that the pasta mixes well with the sauce. ____________ (verb) some cheese on top of the dish if required.

    English Cooking and Food Vocabulary Summary

    Well done! Now you have completed a delicious dish in writing. If you like to cook, feel free to share some of your own recipes in the comment section below! For more information about how to give instructions in English, book a class here!


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