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Some people say Britain and USA don't have a good tradition of cooking, they live on fast food like hamburgers, fattening sausages and oily fish and chips, but there are wonderful recipes with high quality products and lots of chefs who are a revolution like Jamie Oliver and others.

1. If you want to know more click on the following links:

* Read more about celebrity chefs and the British diet here:
* This BBC website has links to loads of recipes:
* This website has an a-z list of chef biographies:
More information on recipes:

2. If you want to do a project on Cooking go to the PROJECT PAGE on this wiki where you will be able to be a researcher, a lexicographer or an interviewer about cooking.

3. If you want to read a bit about Fusion Cooking read the following text and answer the questions that follow.

Fusion cooking
Lifestyle programmes make up a large proportion of UK television programming with food and cookery shows becoming increasingly popular as celebrity chefs work to fuel the population's love of food. As a country recognized more for its Sunday roasts and cucumber sandwiches you may be surprised to know that cuisines and ingredients from around the world are widely available in our restaurants and markets and have influenced what we eat and how we cook.
Chefs with a new found celebrity status promote a fusion of classic ‘British’ cooking with an international flair. Using traditional ‘British’ ingredients to create something as imaginative as ‘Black pudding won tons’, a recipe made famous by Lancashire born Andrew Nutter, and mussel, cockle and clam masala a recipe that gives a new twist to traditional British seafood featured in Rick Stein’s ‘Taste of the Sea’.

TV dinners
With the increased popularity of cookery and more chefs on TV there has been a rise in the number of students applying for courses at UK universities and colleges, such as those offered by the School of Culinary Art at South Trafford College.
The combination of cookery and education for entertainment was encapsulated by the programme Jamie’s Kitchen. Here celebrity chef Jamie Oliver conducted a social experiment to train 15 unemployed 16-24 year olds to be chefs whilst setting up a new restaurant at the same time. Both the programme and the experiment were a great success so much so that a catering company in Newcastle chose six unemployed youngsters who were given 12 months training and work experience in a busy café.

A renaissance
The reinvention of ‘British’ food means recipes go beyond the traditional meat and two veg. However our busy lifestyle and the availability of convenience foods mean we may not necessarily recreate the recipe from scratch in our own homes. Recent trends suggest that more and more people buy take away meals from the local Chinese or Indian restaurant to eat at home in front of the television. There has been a recent explosion in the ready meal market, especially chilled, with manufacturers offering everything from Lasagne to Pheasant Breast in Blackcurrant Sauce. Ready meals aren’t necessarily unhealthy - all the major supermarkets and manufacturers recognize the demand for ‘healthy’ meals and produce reduced fat alternatives. These meals satisfy the customer demand for the convenience of not cooking but without the high calorie and fat content usually associated with ready meals.
The UK’s obsession with food is reflected through television scheduling. Competitive cooking shows such as Celebrity Come Dine With Me where famous people host dinner parties for the other contestants are broadcast during prime time evening slots. Vintage celebrity chefs make popular viewing too. The BBC has recently shown a series called Delia Through The Decades, which celebrates the five-decade career of Delia smith, Britain’s queen of home cooking. In each episode Delia looks back on her favourite recipes from each decade and recreates some with a contemporary feel.

This text is adapted from the British Council UK infocus website.

3. 1. Write if the following are TRUE or FALSE

Cooking TV programmes are really popular in Britain at the moment
It’s difficult to buy food from around the world in Britain
The number of cookery students in Britain is rising
More and more people buy ready prepared food in the UK
It is very unusual for British people to eat their meal in front of the TV

3. 2. Answer the following questions

1. Is British cuisine purely English?
2. Why are cookery studies so popular in Britain?
3. What kind of people were taught by Jamie Oliver?
4. What kind of market is becoming popular?
5. What does the customer demand nowadays?
6. There is an uprising of chefs, who are they?

4. Learn the following two recipes

Marisa's Pumpkin Pie (thanks to Ben Derico's grandma)

What is pumpkin pie? Well it’s a typical dessert served at Thanksgiving and in the fall in the USA made of a creamy pumpkin filling. If you want to give it a try, here is a recipe. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Pumpkin Puree (or 15 Ounces of pureed freshpumpkin)
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can Evaporated Milk

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
3. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
4. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)


Marisa's Carrot Cake (American recipe)
175 g. of sugar 2 tablespoons of honey. 175 g. of sunflower oil. 3 large eggs. 175 g. of wholemeal flour Baking powder
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon of salt. 300 g. grated carrots. 150 g. chopped walnuts
1st Preheat the oven to 180º.
2nd Beat sugar, honey and oil until well mixed.
3rd Add the eggs one at a time beating well until pale and frothy.
4th Stir in the rest of the ingredients and beat well.
5th Chop the walnuts and add.
6th Pour the mixture into a buttered cake tin.
7th Bake it for 1 ½ or 1 ¾ hours ( lay a piece of foil over the surface if it becomes too brown) until a thin skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
8th Leave to cool and serve with sprinkled icing sugar, custard or melted chocolate.

5. Complete the recipe of Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie (British recipe)

This recipe is usually made with minced meat but here you have a vegetarian one.

Serves 4 people. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes
For the vegetables:
1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 onion, finely chopped, 1 clove of garlic, crushed, 1 stick of celery, chopped
1 leek, halved and sliced, 1 carrot, diced, 420g can mixed beans, drained and rinsed
400g can chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp dried mixed herbs, 1 tsp tomato purée
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the mashed potato topping:
700g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
150ml milk, 85g cheddar cheese, crumbled

Use the verbs to complete the blanks: fry / heat / cook / drain / pour / sprinkle / cook / add / mix

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. ................the potatoes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water until tender.
3. Meanwhile ................the oil add the onion, garlic, celery, leek and carrot and .................. gently for 10 minutes.
4. .............. the beans, tomatoes, herbs or chilli powder and tomato purée with 3 tbsp water. Season to taste and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. When the potatoes are cooked ................them and heat the milk to boiling point. ............. the milk over the potatoes and mash until smooth. Season to taste. half the cheese.
6. Spoon the beans and tomato mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the cheesy mash. ................. over the remaining cheese.
7. ..................... for 20 minutes until the topping is golden brown.

Be wonderful and Wise
A video activity to practice food vocabulary and verbs related

Beans on Toast
A video from the British Council about a special recipe in Britain. It contains vocabulary and activities

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