Listen to Natural English Conversation: We’re cooking up a storm

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Everybody eats! That’s probably why we have so many expressions related to cooking and food. This episode is about filling our bellies with square meals and going back for seconds. Harp and Maura love to eat, but before you can eat, someone has to prepare the food! In this episode, the hosts share their own styles of cooking and talk about some of their best recipes. Listening to this one will make you hungry!

Maura Harp

Harp: Sometimes I’m just kind of lazy or sometimes I just don’t have enough time to cook a good square meal.
Maura: Right. A square meal. Sounds really funny, like the meal should be in the shape of a square, but that’s not what it means.
Harp: No. A good square meal is a good, healthy, filling meal.
Maura: Right. A kind of meal, like you said, that is healthy and makes you feel really full and satisfied after you eat it.
Harp: Exactly. I think of some home cooking, either some chilli maybe or a nice chicken dish, something filling and healthy.
Maura: And I think a square meal would also include food from the four food groups. So you maybe would have a little bit of meat and then you would have some fruit and vegetable, and dairy.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To cook up a storm To be filling
A square meal The four food groups
A happy camper To have seconds
Leftovers Home ec
To break something up A cooking machine
You’re making me blush To make something from scratch
To grab a bite

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Image: Double Translate

Culips English learning podcast is for people who want to have fun while learning natural, everyday English, focusing on idioms, expressions, and slang. Every week we have a new, free audio episode available on our site and through our website, iTunes and Stitcher. In all our episodes, we always speak English as it’s actually used in day-to-day life, and we give you plenty of explanations of new or interesting terms along the way. Learn to speak English like a native speaker by listening to natural conversation.

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