Lesson 39: Cooking Instructions



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: cooking instructions. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about how to cook a Greek omelet.

Kevin, I have a recipe to make a delicious Greek omelet. Do you want to help me?
Sure! I love to cook. What ingredients are in a Greek omelet?
The recipe calls for eggs, spinach, feta cheese, olive oil, onions, and ground pepper.
I will crumble the feta cheese and grind the pepper.
Ok, I will chop up the spinach and onions. After that, I will beat four eggs together.
I’m finished with the feta cheese.
Great! Now I will put the olive oil in a frying pan and pour the eggs in.
Ok, I will mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl.
Give me the bowl so I can add the other ingredients with the eggs in the frying pan
The omelet smells good. I’m so hungry now. Let’s eat!


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

recipe (n) a set of instructions for making or cooking food
The recipe tells me to put everything together.
ingredients (n plural) food that is mixed together to make a dish
The ingredients need to be put into the bowl.
crumble (v) to separate or break into small pieces
I need to crumble the feta cheese and add it to the salad.
grind (v) to crush or break something into very small pieces or powder
I will grind the pepper.
chop up (phrasal v) to cut into small pieces; like vegetables
I need to Chop up the nuts into small pieces.
beat (v) to stir fast
Beat the milk and eggs together for 2 minutes. 
frying pan (n) a metal pan with a long handle used for frying food
Cook the meat in the frying pan.
pour (v) to move liquid from one container to another
I will pour the milk into the glass.
mix (v) to combine 2 or more things together to make one
Mix the vegetables and meat together.
add (v) to put something into another thing
I will add the sugar to the coffee.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What’s your favorite recipe?
    1. I love fettuccini alfredo.
    2. My favorite recipe is white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What do you add to your coffee?
    1. I put cream and sugar into my coffee.
    2. I don’t add anything to my coffee.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What do you like to cook in a frying pan?
    1. I like to cook vegetables like mushrooms and onions.
    2. Just about anything can be cooked in a frying pan.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Which ingredients do you like on your pizza?
    1. I like mushrooms and pepperoni.
    2. I only like cheese on my pizza.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Besides pepper, what else can you grind into powder?
    1. Garlic can be ground into powder.
    2. You can grind rock into powder.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like to cook? Why or why not?
  2. Name three of your favorite recipes.
  3. Which types of food do you like? (eg. Italian)
  4.  When you travel, do you like to eat out at restaurants? Why?
  5. Who do you know that’s a good cook? Why are they a good cook?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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