Food for thought

I’m currently enjoying season two of Chef’s Table, a Netflix series that goes into the kitchens and lives of some of the best chefs worldwide at the moment.  It really makes you think about the many concepts related to eating, cooking and food production.  It also gives you a glimpse of the weird and wonderful ingredients available around the world.  Two chefs so far have prepared dishes with ants and praised them for their rich flavour.  Why do we have such an aversion to eating creepy crawlies? Will they be the food of the future as many people say? Hhhmmm… Continue reading


Counting sheep

In yesterday evening’s CAE Complete class we were on a bit of a word formation frenzy.  When looking at suffixes that make words into verbs a student pointed out that -ish is one such suffix, exemplifying the case with the verb flourish.  More examples?…hmmm.  At that moment my brain became void of all words.  However, the brain is an infuriating beast and at 5am the examples started to flow.

So let’s start with NOURISH, a rhyming pal to FLOURISH.  From there we go to GARNISH, which shares a link to food and from there we go to VARNISH.  If the R disappears, we are left with VANISH.  From there we make a leap to the fancy ADMONISH, despite scolding myself for not thinking of BAAANISH earlier.

By now, I am not just counting sheep, I am counting sheep who have taken on the quality of their verb.  Surreal.  I try and distract myself, but end up thinking about formal letter writing (as you do) and one of my favourite phrases: I would RELISH the opportunity… (to go back to sleep.)  I love this last example because of its positivity, its keeness, and in spite of my yawn, I smile.  And ping! CHERISH.  Now there’s another beautiful word.  Yet alas the sublime cannot last forever!  All good things must come to an end, so I rounded up my counting of sheep with PERISH.

As an extension to this, it would be interesting to look at the other forms of these verbs.

Also bonus points for anyone who can explain the meaning of the adjestive SHEEPISH.


The wonder of words

The wonder of words

If you haven’t got to know flo-joe and the site’s amazing resources yet, here’s a link to their FCE word bank.  There is a new phrasal verb (with context), formation activity and collocation each day.  It literally takes 2 minutes to look.  If you know it already, a pat on the back for you and you can be on your way, but if you don’t……don’t you think you should?