Posted 31/1/10
The main ingredient of this lesson plan is a culinary clip from PES, a director who is well known for his use of everday objects in colourful stop-motion animations. Some links to other videos: Human skateboard; Prank call; Kaboom!; Fireworks; Game over; Drowning nut Other links: (official website); Interview with PES
  • Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) +
  • Learner type: Teens; Adults; CLIL
  • Time: 30 minutes (+ Follow up)
  • Activity: Reading (+ Writing follow up)
  • Topic: Food & cookery
  • Language: The imperative
  • Materials: Video; Worksheet
An unusual recipe pdf [downloaded 6843 times]

Lesson plan outline

  1. Tell students that you have a recipe for them. Give out copies of the worksheet (Mystery recipe) – see below. This is included in the PDF download.
  2. Ask your students if they can tell what is missing from the recipe (answer = the ingredients).
  3. Tell students that you want them to guess/work out what the missing ingredients are. This could be done in pairs or small groups.
  4. While students complete the worksheet, help with any unknown words or problematic vocabulary. Alternatively, allow access to dictionaries.
  5. Let students compare their answers and conduct a feedback. Pay close attention to singular, plural, countable and uncountable forms.
  6. If you have students who cook, ask them if this is how they would prepare pasta or spaghetti. Find out what they would do differently.
  7. Show the video.
  8. Ask students to recall as many of the objects in the video as possible. In many cases, they won’t know the names and will have to rely on descriptions.

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To prepare the ___________________ (1):

  • Turn on the gas and place a pot of water on the heat
  • Add some ___________________ (2)
  • When the water starts to boil, add a handful of _________________(1)
  • After boiling for about 10 minutes, the ___________________ (1) should look like rubber bands – this means that it is ready.
  • Drain the ___________________ (1) in a colander

To prepare the sauce:

  • Add some ____________________ (3) to a frying pan
  • Chop a clove of ____________________ (4) and add it to the hot ___________________ (3)
  • Add a few ripe ____________________ (5) and squash them with a wooden spoon
  • Stir the sauce
  • Take a __________________________________________ (6) (perhaps you grow this in your own house or garden), chop it up finely and add it to the sauce
  • Add a ______________________________________________ (7) to sweeten
  • Melt some ____________________ (8) into the sauce

And finally:

  • Transfer the ____________________ (1) to a plate
  • Add a good-sized spoonful of sauce
  • Grate some ____________________ (9) on top
  • Season with ____________________ (10)
  • Light a candle, sit down and enjoy your meal!
Posted 31/1/10

6 Responses to An unusual recipe

  1. Joanna says:

    Absolutely brilliant lesson!!! My students loved it! Do you know Food Fight ( ? It’s about American history. Great for adults and the military.

  2. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hello Joanna
    Food fight is great. Perfect for English for military/culinary purposes. Thank you. Jamie :-)

  3. Patrick Park says:

    It’s amazing. Brilliant idea. I watched several times. Cause of creative ideas. SO nice. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Jamie Keddie says:

    My pleasure Patrick! Thank you for your comment
    Jamie :)

  5. Ivona says:

    Absolutely amazing lesson. I have tried it out with a small group of learners (9 adult learners).
    They were so intrigued by the video and they had so many things to say, that I could barely finish my lesson of 60 minutes :))

    May Imagination be with you!
    Kind regards,

  6. Jamie Keddie says:

    Great to hear it Ivona
    Thanks for letting us know!
    Jamie :)