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ingredients • pressure • stressful
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  1. She feels a lot of to be as successful as her sisters.
  2. , although I live right next to the ocean, I almost never go to the beach.
  3. I don't know if we have all the to make chocolate chip cookies.
  4. This time of year is very for him at work, because everyone is out shopping.
  5. This restaurant has a very romantic .
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722 A Chef's Life
Rebecca talks about her experience working in restaurants.

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ingredients

You cook any food that can be cooked before and organise all the ingredients for the dishes.

'Ingredients' are the different food items that you use to make a meal or a particular type of food.

Notice the following:

  1. I only cook recipes that have very few ingredients.
  2. Can you write down the list of ingredients that you need for your recipe, please?

pressure

I like the pressure of cooking.

Here, 'pressure' refers to the stress that goes along with cooking. Someone might feel pressure when he is cooking because he wants the food to turn out well or because everything needs to be ready at the same time.

Notice the following:

  1. There is a lot pf pressure in the job that I do.
  2. She said she was not looking forward to her exams, as she was under a lot of pressure to get good grades.

stressful

It's stressful but it's also exciting.

When something is 'stressful,' it means that you feel under pressure and that it makes you feel uncomfortable or concerned about your ability to do something well.

Notice the following:

  1. I think that being a doctor is a very stressful job.
  2. When you have children, your life can be quite stressful.

atmosphere

It's a really good atmosphere.

'Atmosphere' is the feeling or vibe that a place has. It is the combinations of all the sights, smells, sounds and feelings that a place offers.

Notice the following:

  1. The party had a great atmosphere.
  2. Music and dancing always help to improve the atmosphere.

interestingly

I used to travel home after work on the bus sometimes, and interestingly, even when it was full, I would have a seat to myself, because the smell of the food gets into your clothes.

You can use the word 'interestingly' to introduce information that is unusual or not expected.

Notice the following:

  1. Interestingly, we never went to visit her parents, even though they were only down the road.
  2. Interestingly, she does not like fish, even though she sells it in her shop.