We have been told many times that the secret to a
long life and good health is to eat more vegetables. Health
experts say that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the
world. Of course, you don’t have to
visit the Mediterranean to enjoy the benefits of the healthy diet
found there. Eating more vegetables, olive oil, fish and pasta
will help to keep you healthy. Here are some ideas for you to try
at home – without the travel...
3 medium sized
tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red or green pepper
canned plum tomatoes
clove of garlic
teaspoons of oregano
pinch of sugar
For the topping:
3 tablespoons of
2 tablespoons of butter
Cut the aubergines in
half and make cuts into the
with salt and leave for half an hour.
dry the aubergines and fry them face down in the oil for a few minutes.
Remove the aubergines and leave to cool. When the aubergines are cool
the flesh with a spoon and place the skins in a
oven proof dish.
Fry the onions in the butter and then add the peppers and tomatoes for
five minutes. Add the aubergine flesh, oregano salt and pepper and cook
further five minutes.
Place the mixture into the aubergine skins and sprinkle the bread crumbs
and grated cheese over the top. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve with a salad and/or
serves 6: para 6 porciones (o
tablespoon: cucharada sopera
chopped onion: cebolla picada
clove of garlic: diente de ajo
teaspoon: cucharada de té
bread crumbs: migas de pan
grated cheese: queso rallado
flesh: pulpa, carne
sprinkle: rociar, salpicar, cubrir
scoop out: ahuecar (con cuchara)
oven proof dish: recipiente para horno
a further five minutes: cinco minutos más
grilled fish: pescado asado (a la
Tomato Salad Provençale Style
Small bunch of spring onions
3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons wine
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow pepper
Cut each of the tomatoes
into eight sections and put into a
bowl. If the tomatoes are small cut
into four pieces.
Add the finely chopped spring onions. Sprinkle with the salt, black
pepper, wine vinegar and olive oil. Mix together
and leave for two or three hours at room temperature.
Arrange in a
shallow dish and add the yellow pepper
cut into strips
Serve the salad with grilled chicken or fish.
Other vegetables can be added to the salad if you wish. For example,
taste well with the tomatoes and peppers.
bowl: bol, recipiente
shallow: poco profundo, chato
cut into strips: cortado en tiras
1 large aubergine
2 large green peppers
1 large onion
Small can of tomatoes
6 fresh tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
5 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
aubergine and the onion. Prepare the green pepper and cut all the
vegetables into small
pieces. Fry the garlic and the onion in a
pan until it is soft. Add
with the salt and pepper and sugar.
Cover the mixture and cook for one
hour. If the mixture becomes
of water. Before serving add the
wine vinegar and
similar sized: de tamaño similar
too thick: demasiado espesa
lemon juice: jugo o zumo de limón
The students can check the collocations from the above exercise in
the text and use a dictionary to check any new vocabulary connected with
Focus on form
Ask the students to underline the verbs in the recipes. Most of
them are in the imperative form, which is what we usually use when giving
Ask your students to write out a recipe from their country which is
based on vegetables. They should pay particular attention to the vocabulary
and imperative form they have already observed in the text. You can collect
these recipes together and start a class ‘Cookery Book’.
Pulsa aquí para
consultar una lista de COOKING VERBS (verbos de cocina) con
audio y presentación bilingüe.