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Food vocabulary 2

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Sweet food:

a dessert / a pudding (informal) / afters (informal)
a sweet dish usually eaten at the end of a meal
OK. Who's for pudding?
What's for afters?

thick sweet yellow sauce (made from eggs, milk and sugar) used to pour over ice-cream or other sweet dishes
I love apple pie and custard.

a sweet cold dish made of fruit, sponge cake, custard and cream
We always have trifle for pudding on Christmas day.

Idioms about sweet food:

have a sweet tooth
like sweets, chocolates and other sugary food
When I was young I had a really sweet tooth but now I like savoury food much more.

be a piece of cake
be very easy
I thought the exam was going to be very difficult but it turned out to be a piece of cake. I got 98%!

the icing on the cake
the best thing about a very positive experience
We had a fantastic holiday in New York. We went to Central Park and saw the Statue of Liberty too but the icing on the cake was sitting in a cafe right next to Al Pacino. It was amazing to be so close to such a famous actor!

takes the biscuit
most annoying or shocking example of something
I've heard your excuses for being late a million times but this one really does take the biscuit!

have your cake and eat it
have or do two good things that it is usually impossible to have or do at the same time
You can't have your cake and eat it too. You can't go out having fun every night of the week and then get good marks in your exams. If you really want to go to university, you're going to have to do a lot more studying.

Words and expressions with 'food':

food miles
the distance food travels from where it is produced to where it is eaten or sold
These pineapples come from Brazil. I know you love them but do you ever think they've travelled more than 1500 food miles to get to your kitchen?

a foodie (informal)
a person who likes food, enjoys cooking and talking about and tasting new types of food
He's a real foodie. He's always tying out new recipes and talking about which new restaurants he's been to.

food for thought
something that makes you think seriously or a lot about a particular topic
The politicians gave us a lot of food for thought about how each of us can help the economy.


home cooking
food that's made at home (rather than in a restaurant)

stop yourself from doing something that you want to do

small parcels of meat and vegetables covered with dough (flour and water mixed together)

treacle sponge
sweet dish made of eggs, flour, sugar and a sweet dark thick liquid

the cause of someone's failure, or of their lack of will power

short for weighing scales, a piece of equipment you can use to find out how much you weigh

wants a word
wants to have a short conversation


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