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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.
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tax the ability
to come up with
to come off
...or so = approximately
to slip right off
to stick s.t. in the refrigerator
the day before
to get the edge off s.t.
to cook s.t. all the way through
there's nothing more beautiful than...
to hurry s.t. along
a toasty edge
as long as you...
to look for
to keep the heat low
to cool s.t. off
there's no reason to...here
to have some crunch
to up s.t. a bit
to have more appeal than...
to give s.o. a break
to cry for
to be complemented by
kinda = kind of = somewhat
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 »[ÀYÃ¤? ¤@¾ãÁû»[ÀY?
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?
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