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Ruth and Todd talk about the vegetables.
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Todd: So, Ruth, now, you are a vegetarian.

Ruth: That's right.

Todd: So what is a good vegetarian dish that you cook?

Ruth: Well, actually, I'm not a very good cook, so that would be difficult to say. I quite like to make, like a vegetable stew with tofu in it. Things like that, but it's not very exciting.

Todd: Well, how do you make the stew?

Ruth: Well, firstly, you get all of the vegetable ready and so you chop them up and the potatoes and you boil the potatoes and then you boil the other vegetables, and you fry the tofu with onions and then I think you just put it all together in a pan and stick it in the oven, I think.

Todd: Sounds pretty good.

Ruth: It's very easy.

Todd: What vegetables do you usually put inside the stew?

Ruth: Oh, thinks like carrots and leaks and courgettes sometimes, mushrooms, and really any vegetables that are in season that I can get hold of.

Todd: Courgettes? Is that squash? Zucchini?

Ruth: I think it might be squash. No, I think it's zucchini.

Todd: Zucchini.

Ruth: I think it's zucchini.

Todd: OK, yeah, I think in the states we call it zucchini.

Ruth: And you would call aubergine, eggplant.

Todd: Yes. What do you call eggplant?

Ruth: Aubergine.

Todd: Aubergine.

Ruth: Yeah.

Todd: How do you spell it?

Ruth: Good question. A-U-B-E-R-G-I-N-E.

Todd: Wow. How do you spell courgettes?

Ruth: C-O-U-R-G-E-T-T-E

Todd: That's pretty good. Now can you spell Zucchini?

Ruth: Probably not. Z-U-C-C-H-I-N-I.

Todd: Yeah, maybe that's it. One more time.

Ruth: Z-U-C-C-H-I-N-I.

Todd: Yeah, I think that's it. Zucchini. I'm not even sure.

Ruth: I'm not either.

Todd: Yeah, what's your favorite vegetable?

Ruth: Ah, it has to be broccoli.

Todd: Oh, yeah?

Ruth: I really like broccoli. They look like little trees, there that's nice.

Todd: Yeah, that's true. Yeah, if you just get one broccoli and start eating it, you can't even finish it. It's just so big.

Ruth: Oh, you can. You definitely can.

Todd: Well, how do you cook your broccoli?

Ruth: Just very briefly really because there's nothing worse than soggy broccoli. You cook it. You boil it in a pan with water only for a three or four minutes. What's your favorite vegetable?

Todd: That's a good question. I would have to go with the eggplant and the "aubergine"?

Ruth: Aubergine.

Todd: Aubergine. So the aubergine as you call it, yeah.

Ruth: I think eggplant's the best. Really, don't you think they're sometimes a bit soggy?

Todd: Actually I kind of like them that way.

Ruth: Really.

Todd: Yeah. I like them any way. Although the bad thing about the eggplant is you can't eat it raw.

Ruth: Yeah, that's true. It takes effort.

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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.

Vocabulary Quiz

vegetarian • good cook • stew
got hold • soggy
  1. These french fries have too much grease and are .
  2. There are a lot of excellent restaurants around here.
  3. I can't believe you of good mangoes at this time of year.
  4. He became a pretty when he started living alone.
  5. Please buy some beef at the supermarket, because I'm going to make tomorrow.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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