Food and Dining IEC Activities Vocabulary

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

July 27, 2017

One of the best things about studying English at an international school like IEC@DVC is meeting people from all over the world. One of the best things about meeting people from all over the world? Learning about the delicious foods from each student’s home country! IEC@DVC often hosts cooking classes so that students can learn to make simple and tasty dishes. Before attending the next cooking class, learn these cooking preparation vocabulary words in English.

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Verbs for food preparation

Chop

Definition: cut (something) into pieces with a knife.

Cut

Definition: divide into pieces with a knife.

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Grate

Definition: reduce (food) to small pieces by rubbing it on a grater. (Think about grated cheese on top of pasta.)

Mash

Definition: crush or smash (something) to a pulp. (Think about mashed potatoes.)

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Peel

Definition: remove the outer covering or skin from a fruit, vegetable, or shrimp.

Separate

Definition: divide into pieces or parts.

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Slice

Definition: cut (something, especially food) into pieces that are long (slices).

Whisk

Definition: beat or stir (especially cream or eggs) quickly.

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Words for combining ingredients

Many of these vocabulary words are synonyms for ways to prepare ingredients. Do you see the similarities between some of the words?

Add

Definition: put in.

Beat

Definition: stir to make a smooth mixture.

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Something affordable, easy, and yummy is always cooking at IEC@DVC!

Blend

Definition: mix something with another substance.

Combine

Definition: join two or more things to make one substance.

 

Cooking Preparation Vocabulary in English

Beef and pork ribs in spicy hot pepper sauce, made by our Korean students! Yum!

Mix

Definition: join two or more things to make one substance.

Toss

Definition: shake or turn (food) in a liquid to coat it lightly. (Think about salads and salad dressing.)

IEC@DVC Student Recipes

Try these recipes that we recently cooked in the IEC@DVC kitchen. (Warning: you will be hungry after reading them!) Notice how the recipes use some of the vocabulary words that are listed above.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara from Federica (Italy)

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil or unsalted butter

1/2 pound pancetta or thick cut bacon, diced

3-4 whole eggs

1 cup grated parmesan

1 pound spaghetti pasta

Salt and black pepper to taste

 

Instructions

1) Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.

2) Sauté pancetta. While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook slowly until crispy. Turn off the heat and put the pancetta into a large bowl.

3) Beat eggs and half of the cheese. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and mix in about half of the cheese.

4) Cook pasta. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the dry pasta, and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil.

5) Toss pasta with pancetta. When the pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use tongs to move it to the bowl with the pancetta. Let it be dripping wet. Reserve some of the pasta water.

Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It’s the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce. Toss everything to combine, allowing the pasta to cool just enough so that it doesn’t make the eggs curdle when you mix them in.

6) Add the beaten egg mixture. Mix the beaten eggs with cheese and toss quickly to combine once more. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Add some pasta water back to the pasta to keep it from drying out.

Manti Recipe from IEC@DVC Student, Berkay (Turkey)

Manti is a dumpling that is popular in Turkey.

Ingredients

Manti (you can purchase these at the store already made or you can make your own)

Yogurt

Fresh mint

Tomato paste

Red pepper

 

Instructions

1)  Boil water and add the manti, cook for about 15 minutes with closed lid.

2)  Drain the water and wait for 3-5 minutes to rest.

3)  Put yogurt on top with the tomato paste.

4)  Put crushed mint and red pepper.

 

IEC@DVC is always cooking up something delicious! Ask the Front Desk when our next organized cooking class is and come learn to prepare something tasty. 

 

 

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