Express your opinion while answering the questions.
· Are cookery shows popular in Russia? Do they help Russian people to make their cuisine more intricate and diversified? Would you like to take part in such a programme? Why yes / no?
· Is it good that foreign dishes are so easily adopted by our national cuisine? Aren’t we running the risk of loosing our own national food traditions?
· Are food courses likely to become popular among Russian people? What should they offer to attract more people?
· Are there any other ways to acquire cooking skills and knowledge besides those mentioned in the article? What are they?
Section 3 Writing
3.1 What is your spatiality? Can you write it down and share the recipe with the class?
Make up an advertisement of your dish. Use the adverts below as a guide.
“Imagine tender, juicy pork drizzled with a silky, rich sauce. This one’s worth serving on a special occasion”.
“Experience two of autumn’s most treasured harvests, sweet apples and pears, baked in a pastry crust”.
Choose one of the proverbs given below and write a paragraph enlightening its meaning.
1. The glutton digs his grave with his teeth.
2. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
3. You can’t eat a cake and have it.
4. The appetite comes with eating.
5. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
6. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
7. Hunger is the best source.
Section 1. Warming-up
1.1 Manners are the cornerstone of British society and table manners are no exception. The British generally pay a lot of attention to good table manners. Even young children are expected to eat properly with knife and fork. Do you find table manners important? Do you always follow them when you are having your meals?
1.2 Do you know much about table manners accepted in Great Britain? Are they similar to Russian table manners? Restore the missing part of the instructions using the lexical units from the list below. Compare English and Russian table manners.
1. If you are a guest, it is polite …(1)… until your host starts eating or indicates you should do so.
2. Hold your utensils properly. The fork goes…(2)… with the tines pointing down, and the knife goes …(3)….
3. Hold a soup spoon in your right hand and scoop the soup …(4)….
4. Keep your …(5)…off the table.
5. Butter …(6)…that you have broken off from a roll rather than buttering the whole roll at one time.
6. Avoid opening your mouth while…(7)…, as well as …(8)… with food in your mouth.
7. Don’t leave … (8)… in your cup, when drinking tea or coffee.
8. Don’t … (9)…the table - simply say – “Would you pass the salt?”, etc.
9. Bring the food to you rather than leaning …(10)… the food.
10. To indicate that you have had enough, place knife and fork together, not …(11)….
a) in the left hand
b) away from you
c) to wait
f) reach across
g) a piece of bread
h) the spoon
i) in the right hand
l) leaning forward
Section 2. Reading
2.1 Are table-manners really necessary? Or probably they just restrict our freedom and don’t allow us to feel comfortable and relaxed at the table?
Read British people’s opinions about table-manners and choose for each opinion the most suitable statement from the list.
a) One can’t use mobile phone while eating.
b) Children can be taught table manners.
c) By ignoring good table manners one demonstrates disrespect to the food he/she eats.
d) We need table manners to make the process of eating more aesthetic.
e) Good manners make you feel at-ease in any situation.
1) Victoria Mather, social commentator
Eating is not an attractive function. Manners make this process a little more attractive. This American habit of stabbing food, cutting around it, then throwing it into your mouth is awful! I definitely don't think you should speak with your mouth full. I'm afraid to say I do sometimes put my elbows on the table but this is fine if you're having supper with a friend and you're having a good conversation. I wouldn't do it at Buckingham Palace.
2) Dylan Jones, editor
The big no at the moment is using a mobile when you're having lunch or dinner. Why can't people just turn it off? Behaving as if you constantly need to be in touch with people makes you look a bit desperate, especially in business. And as for eating with only a fork in your right hand - that's only acceptable if you're eating risotto or pasta.
3) Sean Davoren, butler
I run classes on table manners for children but parents should teach their children manners. I've got five children so I know how difficult this can be, but it can be done. My children, who are now in their 20-ies, like going to a restaurant and not being embarrassed about which cutlery to use. You can see people who don't know and you feel embarrassed for them. With good manners, you can go anywhere.
4) Alexis Gaulthier, restaurant owner
We started our first classes to get children used to eating food properly in restaurants. We discovered that not only were children excited about it, they actually behaved really well in the restaurant. Parents started saying to us that they wanted us to teach their children correct manners, because a lot of the time, they weren't sure themselves. So, now when we're serving children, we treat them like adults and they behave like adults. They're very receptive and not afraid to ask which spoon they should be using.
5) Rose Elliot, vegetarian chef
People should feel comfortable and relaxed when eating - I often entertain in the kitchen and loved eating with my fingers when I was in India. However, it's important to teach children table manners so that they won't feel ill-at-ease when they're in certain social situations; if they hold cutlery in strange ways and their elbows are on tables this shows a disrespect for food.