Listening exercise: The New York Times
Cooking with Mark Bittman, "The Minimalist"
Beet Salad With Garlic-Walnut Sauce

Mark Bittman tosses a beet salad with garlic-walnut sauce, but without goat cheese.

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/02/27/dining/1194837900131/beet-salad-with-garlic-walnut-sauce.html
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Vocabulary:
to tax the ability
to produce
cheese
to come up with
chef
to roast
unpeeled
aluminum foil
individually
bunch
covered pan
to come off
...or so = approximately
skin
mostly
to slip right off
to include
root
mess
minimal
to stick s.t. in the refrigerator
the day before
olive oil
skillet
to get the edge off s.t.
to cook s.t. all the way through
to chop
to puree
Balkan
orange juice
there's nothing more beautiful than...
to hurry s.t. along
bubbling
nearly
halfway






























to dump in
walnuts
to toast
pinch of
a toasty edge
as long as you...
slightly
browned
pouffy
to look for
to burn
to keep the heat low
to cool s.t. off
there's no reason to...here
into...
food processor
salad dressingy
consistency
liquidy
to have some crunch
amount of
dressing
to up s.t. a bit
to have more appeal than...
to give s.o. a break
to cry for
something green
parsley
gorgeous
earthiness
to be complemented by
bitter
kinda = kind of = somewhat
rootiness
robustness
goat-free

Listening comprehension questions:
1. How do you say "beets" in Chinese?
2. a. What is Bittman assuming in his remark about "goats"? b. What does he mean when he says toward the end of the video, "You can give the goats a break"?
3. How do you cook and peel the beets?
4. Although Bittman says the "mess" is minimal, what do you notice about Bittman's fingers after he handles the beets?
5. a. What does it mean to "take the edge off" the garlic? b. How much should the garlic be cooked? c. Is "garlic" countable or non-countable in English? d. How do you say in English [Yä? @[Y?
6. a. What mistake did Bittman make when using geographical adjectives? b. Why do you think he made this mistake? c. What other adjective form is there for this word in English?
7. Why doesn't the garlic need to be chopped?
8. a. What does "healthy" mean in this video? b. "Markian?" c. "Pouffy"? d. "Earthiness"? e. "Rootiness"? f. "Goat-free"?
9. a. How do you prevent the walnuts from burning? b. How do you avoid burning your fingers?
10. Why does Bittman add parsley?
11. How does Bittman pronounce "orange"?
12. a. Have you ever seen beets in Taiwan? b. Have you ever tried beets? If so, how were they prepared? Did you like them?

Full recipe and image source here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/04/dining/041mrex.html

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