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(to) share recipes

(to) try a dish

cooled (adjective)

traditional (adjective)

(a) dish

(to) make (something) up (oneself)

instead of
(a) sauce
(a) main dish
(an) appetizer
(an) ingredient
(a) fillet
(a) stalk
thinly sliced
(to) serve
(to) cut into ~
(to) season ~
(to) prepare ~
(to) slice ~
a strip
on an angle
(to) chop ~
(to) boil ~
(to) turn (something) off
(a) flame
(to) let (something) cool
(a) sauce
(to) combine
(to) serve
(a) platter
(a) side dish

What if...?

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Yum...Can I Get That Recipe?
Asking for and Giving Recipes

You have come to your ESL Help Desk, your home page for questions and comments about English grammar and writing.  We are podcasting from beautiful and historic Boston, Massachusetts.  If you are in our listening audience today, we are glad you stopped by.

If you're like many people, you love to eat good food.  And if you are like many people, you love to cook.

And you also love to share recipes

 I recently tried a dish from Japan from one of my students and it was delicious.  Naturally I wanted the recipe for myself.  What do you need to do in order to get a recipe?  All you have to do is to ask for it!  Listen to the following dialogue.

What's the name of this dish?  What do you call this dish?

It's called "Cooled Salmon with Yogurt Sauce".

Where did you get this recipe from?

Salmon is a traditional Japanese dish, but this particular dish I made up myself.  Instead of a traditional sauce, I am using yogurt.

Is this served as an appetizer, a main dish, or as dessert?

This is a main dish, but it can also be served as an appetizer.

What ingredients do I need?

You need salmon fillets, several stalks of celery, carrots, thinly sliced, one (1) onion thinly sliced, one (1) cup of white wine, two (2) cups of water, ketchup, vanilla yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

How many people does this serve?

It serves six.

What do I do?  How do I begin?

First, you cut the salmon into 1-1/2" sections.  Next, season the salmon with salt and pepper. 

Next, you have to prepare the vegetables.  Slice the celery into thin strips.  Slice the carrot in half lengthwise, and then chop or slice it on an angle.  Cut the onion in half and slice each half thinly.  Next, in a deep pot, boil two (2) cups of water and about one (1) cup of white wine together, and add the sliced vegetables, beginning with the carrots.  Boil them together for five minutes.  Add the salmon into the boiled mixture and boil for another 5 minutes. 

Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool.

To make the sauce, combine the ketchup, yogurt, and Worcestershire sauce together.

How do I serve it?

Serve the fish with the vegetables on the main platter.  Serve the sauce as a side dish.

What if I don't have white wine?

  If you have red wine, you can use that, but I prefer the white wine.

Bon appetite!

Does this dish sound like something you'd like to try making? Does it sound like something you'd like to try eating?

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Now it's your turn to ask somebody who cooks a dish that you find really delicious for the recipe.

That's our English lesson for this week.  We hope to see you next week here at the ESL Help Desk!

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