Food Vocabulary Part 2

English Listening Practice Food Vocabulary 2

English Listening Practice Food Vocabulary 2

Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:

Food Vocabulary

Let’s get cooking! Part 2 of this week’s series, Food Vocabulary, is aimed at a few different words and phrases for making food at home.

Please listen to the audio files for explanations.
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Notes from the Audio Files

To Follow a Recipe

  • Follow the recipe: a specific recipe
  • Pinterest: to pin something on the website Pinterest
  • Veggies: vegetables
  • Gone to shit ** (very informal): gone wrong   

How to use it:
“I had every intention of following a recipe for dinner, but then I forgot to buy four of the ingredients, so I just got us pizza.”
“I usually have to follow the recipe very closely, otherwise I screw it up.”

To Whip Something Up

  • Leftovers: food from a previous meal
  • Spontaneous: random or unplanned
  • Downplay: make it sound less exciting
  • Host/Hostess

How to use it:
“What do you want for dinner? I don’t really care, we can just whip something simple up from the food left in the fridge.”
“I only had half an hour so I had to whip something up from whatever was in the cupboards.”


  • Toss ‘em out: throw them away
  • Tupperware: a plastic container
  • Best intentions: best hopes or promises
  • Nuke it: put it in the microwave
  • Leftover food (no ‘s’)
  • There are some leftovers in the fridge (‘s’)

How to use it:
“Did you eat all the leftovers from last night? I’m starving, and I really don’t wanna cook.”
“My mum prides herself on what she can make with leftovers.”


  • Homemade food/cooking Home Cooking: food cooked from a home kitchen
  • Yorkshire Puddings: British side-dish
  • Sunday Roast: A traditional British meal with meat, vegetables and gravy, usually eaten on Sundays
  • From Scratch: from the very beginning from raw ingredients
  • Comfort food: Food you eat to feel happier
  • Chicken fried steak: American Southern dish
  • Savory: meaty or salty types of food (not sweet)
  • Gloopy: liquidy, lumpy; negative
  • Mass produced products: Products produced in large quantities

How to use it:
“This place is fantastic, the noodles and the dumplings are all homemade and you can really taste the difference.”
“Nothing beats my grandmother’s homemade victoria sponge cake.”

Meal Prep

  • Regimen: a strict diet or schedule
  • Week’s worth of meals: enough meals for a week
  • Chop up/ Cut up: cut something into small chunks, pieces, or slices
  • Stew: cooking all the ingredients together on a low heat and leaving it for a long time, like a thick soup
  • Stir-fry: Frying up meat and veggies quickly on high heat
  • Fry it up: using a frying pan
  • Slow cooker: an appliance that cooks food slowly
  • Prep: prepare in advance

How to use it:
“It’s so much easier to stay on my diet now that I do meal prep every Sunday evening.”
“I’ve saved a bunch of money now I’ve started prepping all my meals for the following week.”

Anything you’re still unsure about? What do you do when you cook at home?


Kat and Mark

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