Countable and uncountable foods presentation and speaking

Worksheet 1- Grammar presentation

What are the differences between these countable and uncountable phrases? Work together to draw each one:

 Some chicken   Some chickens
 Some ice cream   Some ice creams
 Some coffee   Some coffees
 Some pizza   Some pizzas
 Some melon  Some melons 
 Some chocolate   Some chocolates
 Some cheese  Some cheeses 
 Some cake  Some cakes 
 Some (black) pepper  Some (green/ red/ yellow) peppers 


Which of the two above would you usually eat for each kind of food?

Countable and uncountable foods presentations and speaking

Worksheet 2- Amounts and ingredients speaking

If you were cooking, which of the options below would you usually use?

A breadcrumb/ A few breadcrumbs/ Some breadcrumbs/ A slice of bread/ Some slices of bread/ Half a loaf of bread/ A loaf of bread/ Some loaves of bread

A little (bit of) cheese/ Some cheese/ Lots of cheese/ Lots of cheeses

A drop of olive oil/ A few drops of olive oil/ A teaspoon of olive oil/ Some olive oil/ Lots of olive oil/ A bottle of olive oil

A tiny bit of jam/ A teaspoon of jam/ A tablespoon of jam/ Quite a lot of jam/ A jar of jam/ Some jars of jam

A pinch of salt/ A little (bit of) salt/ A tablespoon of salt/ A cup of salt/ A bag of salt

A segment of orange/ Half an orange/ An orange/ Some oranges/ Lots of oranges

A leaf of lettuce/ A few leaves of lettuce/ Some lettuce/ A lettuce/ Some lettuces/ Lots of lettuces

A drop of wine/ Half a glass of wine/ A glass of wine/ Some glasses of wine/ A bottle of wine/ Some bottles of wine


Go through the list above one more time and say what you could make with the quantity that you selected, and what other ingredients you would need, e.g. “We could cook fried chicken with some breadcrumbs. We’d need lots of oil, some chicken, some black pepper and maybe some spices”.


All the expressions above are grammatically correct, but put brackets around those that are very rarely used in cooking.


Challenge each other to cook with strange amounts of ingredients, e.g. “Here is a whole bottle of olive oil. What can you cook with that?”


What would you need to make the internationally well known dishes below?

Spaghetti bolognese             (Homemade) pizza             Lasagne                Risotto

Sushi                                  Sashimi                              Tempura                Shabu shabu

Teriyaki chicken

A cream tea                        Fish and chips                     G&T                                    English breakfast

Kebab                                 Hummus

Tacos                                 Fajitas                                Guacamole

Clam chowder                      (Homemade) hamburger

Dim sum               Sweet and sour pork            Wonton soup                       Spring rolls

Chow mein

Tandori chicken                   Nan bread                           Pilau rice

Green curry                         Tom yum soup

Gratin                                 Quiche

What countries do the foods above come from? Are any of the foods above not popular or well known in your country? What other international foods are famous or often eaten? What ingredients do you need to make them?


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