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bothered • scene • staple
roast • elaborate
  1. The art in this area is fantastic.
  2. When we came in from working outside my mother had a good prepared for dinner.
  3. I really can't be to take a shower today.
  4. Each country in the world has its own foods.
  5. Her wedding dress was really.
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361 Food
Eli talks about her love of food.

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can't be bothered

You really can't be bothered to make anything.

When you 'can't be bothered' to do something it means that you are not willing to make the effort to get it done. It seems like too much effort.

Notice the following:

  1. I can't be bothered to get out of bed today.
  2. She could not be bothered to clean up properly.

scene

I wouldn't say England really had a very specific scene of it's own.

The 'scene' of a place or area is the vibe or atmosphere that it has.

Notice the following:

  1. The night club scene was always very energetic when I was younger.
  2. The food scene is very relaxed and vibrant.

staple

The only sort of staple things that everyone knows comes from England are obviously Fish and Chips.

'Staple' foods are things that are necessary or commonly used in a certain area. Rice would be a staple food in Japan.

Notice the following:

  1. I had a staple diet of baked beans when I was a student.
  2. We really need to go to the supermarket. We don't even have the staple items.

a good roast

I think a good roast with gravy, Yorkshire pudding, baked potatoes. I see that as proper English food.

A 'good roast' refers to a good version of the traditional English Sunday roast meat dinner.

Notice the following:

  1. My mum always cooks a good roast at the weekend and the whole family comes round for dinner.
  2. The restaurant serves up a good roast.

elaborate

To a foreigner, they seem like these amazingly elaborate meals.

When something is 'elaborate' it means that it is very detailed and has taken a lot of time to create.

Notice the following:

  1. He put on a very elaborate performance.
  2. There was an elaborate feast laid on for the guests.