Do you consider yourself a master chef? Would you know how to name all the equipment in a kitchen?
Unfortunately we are not going to help you become a better cook, but we will at least help you with some new cooking vocabulary, teach you some very important aspects of native pronunciation, and hopefully help you have a fun time learning kitchen English.
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Words You Should Know:
- whip up cream – to mix cream really quickly to make it softer and ideal for putting on cakes.
- nutty – to contain nuts, to be a little crazy (for a person).
- crack an egg – to break an egg.
- spill the beans – to expose information that could be considered a secret.
- a bun in the oven – expression used to say a woman is pregnant.
- a bun – the name given to a single piece of bread, typically a hamburger bun.
- buns on you butt – the cheeks of your buttocks.
- go commando – to not wear underwear under your shorts (used generally just by me).
- hammock – a net you can tie between trees to make a suspended bed
- banana hammock – very informal way to describe a man’s bathing suite, or speedo.
- wife beater – the name for a typical tank top worn often by working class men, mechanics, plumbers, etc…
- apparel – clothing.
- budgie – a small household bird.
- smuggle – to transport illegally, often used for drugs or exotic animals.
- get your head out of the gutter – expression used to tell someone to stop thinking of dirty things.
- to get the ball rolling – to start an activity, gain motivation
- drooling – to salivate, have a watery mouth because you are really hungry
- to have a hankering for something – to really want something, to have a strong desire.
- to crave something – to really want something, to have a strong desire.
- you blew my mind – to be amazed and in disbelief about what someone has said.
- sink – the place where you wash dishes,
- blender – the object used to mix and liquify
- to rock something – to do something consistently and really well
- stir – to mix with a spoon.
- stir someone up – to make someone feel emotional based on what you have said
- fire someone up – to motivate someone.
- spoon rest – support used to hold a spoon while you are cooking so you don’t dirty everything.
- at the wheel – driving a car.
- everything but the kitchen sink – expression used to say that someone will do everything. >> He ate everything but the kitchen sink.
- stove – to top part of a cooker where you fry and cook food.
- oven – the bottom section of a cooker where you bake and roast food.
- grill – area to cook food, generally meat, above a fire over metal rests.
- to grill someone – to ask you lots of questions and pressure you about something
- the fridge – the refrigerator
- we are on the same page – we are talking about, or thinking about the same thing.
- ice cube tray – rows of plastic squares used to form ice cubes.
- built in – to have been installed, or already. >> My microphone has a built in equalizer.
- know it like the back of your hand – rows of plastic squares used to form ice cubes.
- dishwasher – an machine that washers your plates and utensils, very common in the USA.
- to get your hands dirty – to do manual labour, working instead of just telling people what to do
- the nitty gritty – the very details and intricate parts of a job or tasks.
- secret sauce – the unique aspect of a company or individual person
- bread and butter – a job or activity that makes you the money you need to live.
- don’t cry over spilled milk – expression used to tell someone to not worry about small problems in the past.
- dropping bombs – when a rapper spontaneously makes some really cool lyrics
- a half baked idea – when an idea sounds a little crazy
- stoner language – terminology used by cannabis smokers.
- to take something with a grain of salt – to not need to believe someone’s advice, or opinion 100% >> I would take that with a grain of salt because he doesn’t have that much experience.
- a bad apple – a bad or corrupt person in a group, typically someone whose behavior has a detrimental influence on others.
- a hand in poker – the series of cards you are holding
- don’t put all your eggs in one basket – to make a situation less risky by
- you can’t have your cake and eat it too – expression used to say you can’t have two things that are contradictory.
- to butter someone up – to treat someone really well before asking them for a favor
- the cream of the crop – the best
- too many cooks spoil broth – if you have too many people doing the same thing, it can have a negative effect on the
- bit off more than you can chew – to accept more responsibility or work than you can actually handle.
- your eyes were bigger than your stomach – to take more food than you can actually eat because it looks so good.
Cool links mentioned in the podcast
- Seinfeld Scene – Kramer butters himself up
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