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Cooking vocabulary

Now for my pastry students … enjoy this video about cooking vocabulary

To help you understand everything that is being said here is the transcription of what you hear in the video.


Hi again. Welcome back to http://www.engvid.com. I’m Adam. Today’s lesson is a very interesting one. It’s one of my favourites. Why? Because I love to eat. Actually, a long time ago, before I was a teacher, before I did any of that, I went to culinary school. “Culinary” — I learned how to cook. I was going to be a chef. But then I worked at a restaurant, actually I worked in a few restaurants and I decided: “Nope, I don’t want to be a chef anymore.” But I still like to cook, I still love to eat. So some of my students were asking me for kitchen vocab, some culinary cooking vocab.

First, let’s start with this question: “What’s cookin’?” Now, it could mean: “Ah, something smells good. What’s cookin’?” Means what are you making, what dish are you making? But sometimes, people will ask this as slang: “What’s cookin?” means: “What’s happening? How are things? How are you?” Just so you know. A good idiom to recognize.

So we’re looking at kitchen vocab. When we’re talking about cooking, we’re talking about culinary arts. Okay? So you ever hear this expression: “culinary” means about cooking, about food.

Now, before I get into these actions, some of these actions that you will use while you are cooking, it’s a moral imperative that I spend a minute about these two words. What does “moral imperative” mean? It means that to be a good person, I must tell you something about these words. First: “a chef”, a chef is a person who studied cooking, went to school and studied, has worked in many restaurants, and has practiced for a long time in his art, his cooking skills. This person – or her -, this person probably has a diploma and is usually the boss of a kitchen in a restaurant somewhere.

Now, “a cook” is a person who is just starting to cook or somebody who just makes food at home. Anybody can be a cook. So “cook” could be a noun, the person, or: “to cook”, verb, to prepare dishes. Now, very, very, very important and I must stress this: “cook”, the pronunciation of this word is very important. It’s: “uh”, “uh”, “uhk”. “Cook”, okay? “Cook”. Sounds like, it rhymes with: “look” or: “took” or: “book”. Okay? “Book”, “took”, “look”, “cook”. It does not, not rhyme with: “rock” or: “sock” or: “lock”. Okay? Not. So if somebody says to you: “Oh, I’m a good cock.” Say: “I’m happy for you. Bye-bye.” Okay?
Because they’re talking about something else completely. “Cook”, be very careful about this word.
Okay, let’s get started. Let’s say you’re on the internet, you want to look for some new dishes, you want to surprise your family with a nice new meal from a different country maybe. You get on the internet and you find a “recipe”, recipe for a nice dish. But, you’re not sure about how to make it because you don’t recognize some of these actions. “Pot”, “pan”, all of these things you can understand. My little stove here, and my little oven here, I’m sure you can understand. Let’s look at the actions.

“To saute”, now this word actually comes from the French, but we use it in English as well. “To saute” means in a skillet or in a pan, to cook lightly. So you have your pan, your flat pan, put a little bit of oil, put in your onions on the stove, and you saute, you flip, you cook it a little bit to a little bit brown, and then you put other things in it or you add it to other things.

“Boil/simmer”, these are very similar actions. “Boil”, you put something in a pot, like something like this and high, full of water. You put the heat very, very high. So boiling is very high heat, big bubbles, and very fast moving. “Bluh, bluh, bluh, bluh, bluh.” Right? Like very boiling, so the bubbles go very fast and very high. “Simmer” means lower heat, small bubbles moving slowly. Okay? So when you’re making a nice soup or a stew, first you get everything boiling, and then you reduce the heat and let it simmer for like an hour; get all the flavours to blend together really nicely.

Then you have: “broil/roast”. So “broil” and “roast”, we’re using the oven. If you want to cook something like very quickly and get the top like very crispy, you broil. “Broil” means heat from the top, so the heat is going like this on to the food. “Roast” means the heat is coming from the bottom and the sides, so it cooks the inside and takes a little bit longer. Okay.
“Grill”. “Grill”, like for example: when you barbeque. When you’re barbequing, you are grilling. You have the lines of the grill, you put your steak on it, then you flip it, etcetera. That’s grilling, usually with fire, coals, lines.

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About Hotels…

Transcription of the clip about Hotel check in and information request.

Good evening Sir

Good evening, I’d like to check in, please.

Certainly Sir. Do you have a reservation?

Yes, it’s in the name of Martin Andrew White.

That’s right. You’ve booked a room with a view of the harbour. Can you please sign your name in the registration book?

Here is your key card. You are in room number 1004, it’s on the thirtieth floor.  You’ll have a great view of the harbour from there.

Thanks. Where can I get something to eat?

Our restaurant is located on the third (3rd) floor. Dinner is served from 7.

Good.         What time is breakfast served in the morning?

Breakfast is served between six and ten.

Ok. Thank you for your help.


You’re very welcome Sir. I’ll call a bellboy to show you to your room.

I hope you enjoy your stay.



Asking about local information


Is there anything interesting to see nearby?

Yes, the hotel is in an area called The Rocks; it’s the

oldest part the city. There are many

cafés and restaurants nearby.

Are there any shops in the area?

There are a few small craft shops and we have a morning market

every Saturday and Sunday.

The morning market sounds interesting. Are there many stalls?

Yes. You can buy souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, clothes. It’s very good.

Where are the other shops?

Most of the shops are up in the city centre. It’s a short walk away.

And the harbour is nearby too, isn’t it?

That’s right. You’ll have a good view of it from your bedroom window.