English in the Kitchen!
Do you love to cook? Do you like trying different recipes and spending lots of money at the supermarket? Well now you can learn the English cooking verbs that you will need to use in the kitchen. You will be a master chef before you know it!
1. To Pour
When you are cooking in the kitchen, you often pour liquids into different pots and pans. You pour water into a pot, you pour lemon juice onto chicken and you pour wine into a glass!
e.g. Maria, please pour the lemon juice into the pan and then pour some water over the pasta.
2. To Stir
When you have lots of different ingredients in a pan, it is very important that you stir the ingredients together so that the flavours combine. It is also important to stir when cooking so that the ingredients don’t get stuck to the pan, or burn.
e.g. Eduardo, I have put the meat in with the vegetables but it’s very important that you stir it all together until it is cooked.
3. To Whisk
Normally associated with baking cakes, you whisk eggs with flour to make bread or cakes. Magnificent, sweet and fluffy desserts – yum, yum!
e.g. To make a chocolate cake you must first whisk together eggs and flour and put into the oven.
4. To Simmer
Sometimes it’s important to leave your ingredients on a ‘low temperature’. This might be to get more flavour from your ingredients, or to make sure that your ingredients are completely cooked.
e.g. Make sure to simmer the chicken for a long time, it will make you ill if you don’t cook it properly.
5. Heat Up
Most ingredients are cold when we by them so we need to ‘heat them up’ before we can eat them.
e.g. First I will heat up the water and add the pasta. When the pasta is hot we can heat up the tomato sauce and add it to the pasta.
6. Chop Up
Have you ever eaten a whole onion like an apple? Ouch!
In the kitchen we use knives to ‘chop up’ our vegetable and other ingredients, then we can cook them!
e.g. The recipe says that we should chop up three tomatoes and one cucumber.
7. To Taste
It is very important to ‘taste’ our food while we are cooking it. This allows us to see if we need to add extra ingredients, such as salt.
e.g. Make sure you taste the soup before you serve it to your guests. Then you can see if you need to add extra spices to make it taste better.
8. To Peel
Many fruits and vegetables have thick skin that tastes really bad. When we cook, we normally ‘peel’ these vegetables to that they taste better.
e.g. We are going to peel the onions and the potatoes so that we can make a beautiful tortilla for lunch – delicious![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGtfUUrQuRU]