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vegetarian • good cook • stew
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452 Veggies
Ruth and Todd talk about the vegetables.

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Being a vegetarian, what is a good vegetarian dish that you cook?

A 'vegetarian' is a person who doesn't eat meat or meat products.  Notice the following:

  1. It's not easy to be a vegetarian when you are traveling.
  2. I've been a vegetarian for about 10 years.


Well, actually, I'm not a very good cook, so that would be difficult to say.

Used like this, 'cook' is a person who prepares food. Notice the following:

  1. His mother isn't a very good cook, but she makes amazing pies.
  2. I think I'm an excellent cook, but not many other people like my food


I quite like to make a vegetable stew with tofu in it, but it's not very exciting.

A 'stew' is very similar to soup, but usually has larger pieces of meat and vegetables in it.  Notice the following:

  1. Beef stew always smells so good when it's cooking.
  2. Stew always sounds so delicious on cold days.

get hold of

I just put any vegetables that are in season that I can get hold of.

In this case, 'get hold of' means 'find' or 'buy.' Notice the following:

  1. I need to see if I can get hold of a tent to go camping this weekend.


You should cook broccoli very briefly because there's nothing worse than soggy broccoli.

If something is 'soggy,' it has more liquid in it than it should and doesn't maintain it's form or texture. Notice the following:

  1. This broccoli was cooked too long.  It's soggy.
  2. I forgot about my cereal, and now it is soggy and disgusting.