Phrasal verbs about food and cooking
You may know how to cook, but do you know how to call what goes on in the kitchen or dining room?
Meaning: to reduce a liquid by cooking to a thick sauce
Example: She boiled down the sauce to make it more flavorsome.
Meaning: to cause liquid to overflow during boiling.
Example: She was cooking pasta on high heat and it boiled over.
Meaning: to eat food very quickly
Example: Jeffrey had only 15 minutes for lunch so he had to bolt it down.
Meaning: to cut into pieces, especially with a few sharp blows
Example: Mary chopped up the onions for the salad.
Meaning: to eat/drink less of a particular thing or food group
Example: Sue is lactose intolerant and had to cut back on dairy.
Meaning: to form or shape by cutting
Example: After preparing the dough I cut out the cookies using cutter of different shapes.
Meaning: to cut into pieces
Example: Joan cut up the pie into equal pieces.
Meaning: to eat outside your home, especially in a restaurant
Example: John and Kate eat out at least once a week and every time they choose a different restaurant.
Meaning: to eat all the food that you have been given, to eat until everything is finished.
Example: Matt, eat up. I don’t want you to leave out broccoli again, it’s good for you.
Meaning: to unwillingly eat only a small amount of food because you are feeling sick, not hungry or don’t like the food
Example: This afternoon Andy picked at his food, because he was feeling sick and could hardly keep anything down.
Pick (sth) up
Meaning: to collect something from another place, for example food to go at a restaurant
Example: I’m going to a Greek restaurant to pick up our order.
Meaning: to eat a lot of food
Example: Alice is on a diet, but she always pigs out on her cheat days.
Meaning: to heat food that has already been cooked in order to eat it
Example: My husband has to work late this week and I warm up food for him when he gets back home.
Meaning: to prepare a meal very quickly
Example: I had surprise visitors yesterday, thankfully I managed to whip up a light meal.
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