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For the past couple of lessons, we’d had  the pleasure of an additional student – I’ll call her X. I’d planned something for the three of them today, but since SG was absent, I decided to see where ‘how’s your weekend’ would lead to.

X and her husband, like a few families I know, prepare the week’s (Monday – Friday) meals at the weekend, and then freeze them, since they are a bit pressed for time during the working week. And, J, I found out, is on a no-carbohydrate diet, all of which made for a lively lesson on food.

Here are some of the vocabulary which we covered.


  • onion
  • garlic
  • (sweet) peppers
  • courgette (US: zucchini)
  • aubergine (US: eggplant)
  • green beans
  • green peas
  • carrots
  • sweetcorn
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • pumpkin
  • chicken
  • beef
  • pork
  • lamb
  • oxtail
  • lentils
  • chick peas
  • tuna
  • shark
  • cod
  • hake
  • mackerel
  • sardines
  • sole
  • red mullet
  • herring (Sp: arenque)
Methods of cooking
  • bake
  • roast
  • grill
  • steam
  • stew
  • fry
  • stock (chicken, fish, beef, vegetable, etc.)
  • medical check-up, medical examination
  • square (Sp: cuadrado)
  • square root (Sp: raíz cuadrada)
These links will lead you to more activities related to food.