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Cooking

Cooking

Date: Feb 18 2010

Themes: Food, Hobbies

Grammar: Modal Verbs

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Good cooks make it look so easy. Using simple ingredients, they can whip up a delicious meal, bake a beautiful dessert, or create a gourmet snack. But we can’t all be gifted chefs. If you are not a good cook, putting food on the table every night might seem like a real chore. That’s when you end up having frozen pizza, cold sandwiches, or takeout every night.

In English, when someone is a really bad cook, we say he “can’t boil water,” since all that takes is some water, some heat, and a pot. For someone who’s that bad in the kitchen, even a cookbook isn’t much help. Find out if Marni and Dale know how to boil water.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Dale

Dale

Dale:  So, Marni, do you enjoy cooking?

Marni:  You know, cooking is something I’m just not very good at. I can boil water, but that’s about it.

Dale:  You don’t try? Are you not experimental?

Marni:  I feel like I’m always in a rut. I’ll get excited about something and it’s like I just go back to what I know. Like I can saute some onions, boil some water, make some pasta, and it just becomes the same old thing. I’m eating the same thing every night.

Dale:  Do you not like those cooking shows that are on TV, and kinda learn from them and get hungry, watching them cook this fabulous dinner?

Marni:  OK, well here’s the interesting thing about a lot of cooking shows, you know like the reality shows, they don’t really show you how to cook anything. It’s all like fast-paced, like making a meal. So I think cookbooks are a better resource.

Dale:  Do you use cookbooks?

Marni:  No. I should though.

Dale:  Cooking for me is like the most relaxing time. For me it’s more like an art feeling. I can step back, use all my senses at once, taste, smells, sight. Just the whole feeling about it.

Marni:  Do you use a lot of fresh herbs? Do you like to dice and chop and all that stuff?

Dale:  Yes. I love to do all those things. I think that’s the way that cooking should be. Nothing frozen, everything fresh.

 

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Discussion

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Dale loves to cook. He considers cooking an artform and finds it relaxing. He enjoys being in the kitchen where he can smell the food cooking and see the beautiful ingredients. For him, it’s important to use fresh, healthy ingredients.

Marni is an OK cook, but she often just makes the same thing. She isn’t very creative in the kitchen, and she doesn’t find cooking shows or cookbooks helpful. Cooking to Marni is something she only gets excited about sometimes. Usually, it is more of a chore for her.

Do you enjoy cooking, or is it just a chore? What are your favorite foods to cook?

 

Comments

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Elenar

Russian Federation

I like cooking very much but l need many times for it and i must have free time. I like pasta and different stuffing with it. I like cooking Asian meal like meat pockets, pilaf:)

11:56 AM Feb 11 2017 |

TIDING

TIDING

Algeria

I quite enjoy cooking- the whole process is enjoyable to me. Well, except the resulting dishes…that part isn’t so much fun. Baking is my absolute joy in the kitchen- it is so relaxing to build something from scratch and beat the life out…I mean gently kneed dough and mold it into something tasty. :)



You should definetely learn! It’s fun to create something delicious. :) It’s easy to get discouraged if you fail at something, but the fun is when you try again and you impress yourself!

11:11 AM Jul 22 2014 |

sara1998

sara1998

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

to tell the truth i hate cooking and i just like to eat different delicious foods!


it’s not even a chore because there’s always some one who can cook instead of you!


:)

08:38 AM Jun 10 2014 |

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Tiramisu99

Tiramisu99

China

Yeah! I enjoy cooking,i like preparing meal for my family,though i am not good at cook,however,i am very interesting in it. every time when i in the kitchen, i feel relax.i’d like to make the food looks beautiful,smells flavourful,tastes delicious,but it is not easy for me. my favorite food is hot food,i usually add some chilies in the food when i cooking.::))

01:35 PM Apr 06 2013 |

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katrina Lin

China

I like

05:06 AM Nov 28 2012 |

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icyman

icyman

China

like


 

12:33 AM Nov 28 2012 |

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raj molani

raj molani

Pakistan

i am a bachelor  student in the unversity of Sindh now and i live with my classmate in the plaza.Here we are cooked the food for us by themself ,and i am also to take interest to cook the vegetables now….. my favorite food is dry food and sindh Salan Ka Sag is tme most interested to me ….....when we are going to university ,i get up early in the morning for preparing brackfast for all freind they they have lived with me now at plaza …...after that i catch bus to travel toward university when i come back from university to take Manjhan Ge Mani and the sleep….........its my bachelor life 

07:52 PM Jan 11 2012 |

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ahmedghieth9

Egypt

i love cooking specialy eggs,and patatos ,lol

01:30 AM Sep 24 2011 |

2 people like this

rui885462

rui885462

China

im a  born cook Tongue out

09:49 PM Sep 23 2011 |

1 person likes this

rui885462

rui885462

China

im a  born cook Tongue out

09:49 PM Sep 23 2011 |

1 person likes this

rui885462

rui885462

China

im a  born cook Tongue out

09:49 PM Sep 23 2011 |

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Joy4short

Joy4short

Japan

guan3883451  from China!  Why    you  are  copying  my  comment  below?  You are  such  a  slubberdegullion!  You  better  study  manners  first  before  you study  english  i  think Money mouth

04:06 PM Sep 23 2011 |

khadija02

khadija02

Morocco

i love cooking so much specially the moroccan meals it’s verry delicious like couscous and pastilla

05:23 AM Sep 23 2011 |

Bruce_zhou

China

seems i m “can not boil water” too,i m eating out every day,all because of i hate cook ,and i m so lazy,actually , i like eating all kind of food that would be delicious,so i hope i can do better cooking in future,that i can eat delicious food every day,expecial sea food ,i like best

04:25 AM Sep 23 2011 |

guan3883451

China

Actually.  i  dont  like  cooking,  You  can  let  me  clean  the  house  everyday,do the  dishes  ,laundry  or  whatever  household  chores  can  be  except  cooking.  But  i  am  hoping  to  love  cooking  as  much  as  possible

01:45 AM Sep 23 2011 |

Joy4short

Joy4short

Japan

Actually.  i  dont  like  cooking,  You  can  let  me  clean  the  house  everyday,do the  dishes  ,laundry  or  whatever  household  chores  can  be  except  cooking.  But  i  am  hoping  to  love  cooking  as  much  as  possible.

03:36 PM Sep 22 2011 |

weah44

weah44

Sudan

i  dont  know  cooking  ,  i  just  can  chop  an  dice  and  do  small  stuff  , but  not  cooking  ,  my  close  friend  used  to  tell  me  ccoking  is  kind of  art  and  exciting that  is  you  make  something  tasty  and  all  you  friends  like  it  ^^


i would  like  to  learn  how  to  cook 

01:00 PM Sep 05 2011 |

mossavi

mossavi

Afghanistan

hey, when u guys interview some one ask them to speak slowly plz otherwise some pople wont be able to get it, thanks

04:03 AM Apr 25 2010 |

IVONNE122

IVONNE122

Colombia

CoolI have to cook in the University..but I'm do not too bad….I like to practice in my home

05:25 AM Feb 20 2010 |

abdolhaleem

Syrian Arab Republic

I see me mam best cooker in the word :

08:23 AM Feb 06 2010 |

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