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Confusing Food Words



Can you match the names with the dishes above?

  • Sponge
  • Baked beans on toast
  • Mince pies
  • Yorkshire pudding
  • Bread and butter pudding
  • Blackberry and apple pie
  • Scones
  • Trifle


On which dishes will you find the sauces:

  • Custard
  • Gravy


Here you will find the answers and for descriptions of these dishes they are marked in pale blue in Some ‘confusing’ food word descriptions


How would you begin to describe these dishes in Polish? The language of food is highly culturally-specific, and the available vocabulary depends on the customs of the country where the language is found, but fortunately there are a lot of similarities between Polish and English food as well. See Dictionary food issues for a discussion of the difficulties of expressing in English such typical Polish dishes as bigos, budyń, tort and marmolada.


For some sources of recipes try:

·         Best British Food


On p 32 of Collie J & Martin A 2000 What’s it like: life and culture in Britain today CUP Unit 4 Food you will find some other pictures of everyday dishes in Britain


British-American corner



In Britain

In America

Can you label these pictures successfully in the two rows headed: In Britain and In America?


Here you will find the answers


What to do with ‘confusing’ food words

To find out exactly what terms such as pudding, gravy, bun, marmalade, custard and pie can mean look up Some ‘confusing’ food word descriptions. Hopefully from these you will get an idea of what you might be going to eat in Britain when someone offers them to you … !

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