#180: In the Kitchen (Cooking Expressions)

Aww yeah! In this podcast Ethan and Andrea will be having lots of fun while talking about one of their favorites topics: food. You will learn lots of common words and expressions related to cooking that will greatly improve your English vocabulary and comprehension.


  • Expressions and proverbs related to food.

Words You’ll Learn:

  • To sweep: to use a broom to clean the floor.
  • To mop: to clean by wiping.
  • Pristine: clean and fresh as if new; spotless.
  • A trade off: something that you have to exchange for something else.
  • Tidy up: to clean.
  • To do something from scratch: to do something from the very beginning.
  • Run down: when you give all the tips or recommendations to someone.
  • Enchiladas: traditional Mexican food.
  • A signature dish: a recipe that identifies an individual chef or restaurant.
  • Leftovers: food remaining after the rest has been eaten.
  • To be blown away: To be impressed or excited by something.
  • A stumbling block: something that gets in your way.
  • A what the hell attitude: to not overthink things.
  • Something isn’t as easy as pie: something is very difficult.
  • A piece of cake: something that is very easy to do.
  • Quintessential: something that represent the most typical example of a quality.
  • Minced beef: beef that has been finely chopped with a knife or a meat grinder.
  • Someone is the apple of your eye: someone that you really care about
  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: phrase that is typically said in connection with children who show qualities that are similar to those of their parents.
  • Try as you may: used for saying that someone is making a very great effort but still cannot do something. 
  • You can’t have your cake and eat it too: You can’t have everything you want.
  • Perplexing: confusing.
  • The proof is in the pudding: you can only judge the quality of something after you have tried, used, or experienced it.
  • Pudding (Br. Eng): dessert.
  • To blow someone’s mind: to strongly affect someone with surprise, wonder, delight, etc.
  • Moisted: something that is damp or a little wet.
  • To seek something out: to look for something, especially for a long time.
  • Someone has a bun in the oven: someone is pregnant.
  • A bun: a bread roll.
  • Endearing: something that inspires affection.
  • That’s the way that cookie crumbles: another way of saying “that’s the way it is.”
  • News anchor: a person who presents news during a news program on the television, on the radio or on the Internet.
  • Tagline: a catchphrase or slogan, especially as used in advertising, or the punchline of a joke.
  • Shift gears: to change subjects.
  • Go bananas/Go nanners: go crazy
  • Go nuts: go crazy.
  • In a nutshell: when you want to explain sthg to someone in a concise way.
  • To be paid peanuts: to pay someone a very small amount.
  • To be littered with something: to be full of something.
  • Two peas in a pod: when you have two things that are very similar.
  • To buy a lemon: when you get something new (like a car, computer, etc.) and it has a lot of problems.
  • If life gives you lemons, make lemonade: bring something positive from a negative thing.
  • A proverb: a short, well-known saying, stating a general truth or piece of advice.


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  • Riya says:

    Are these words I learnt, formal?
    Will I use these amazing words in ielts examination?

    • Justin says:

      No they aren’t formal! And much of it will be useful on the IELTs yes!