Useful Food Idioms for Delicious English Fun 😋

Are you hungry? I hope you are. Hungry for knowledge. Thought that wink would come out better. I thought I’d have a sexy wink. It just looks like I have something in my eye. So let’s learn some food idioms. If you want to improve your English, have fun, and learn even more idioms, subscribe to our YouTube channel. We love making these videos to help our students improve their English skills Today we are talking about some super-common food idioms. Now when I was preparing for this lesson, there were so, so many food idioms to choose from. But these ones are the ones that I heard again, and again, and again. So they’re very, very common. You can hear them everywhere. And it’s fun because who doesn’t like to talk about food. Yeah exactly. Everyone likes to talk about food. Now, I’m going to do my disclaimer that I do for every idiom video that I make. You can use idioms at any time. You can use these idioms at anytime. But just keep in mind that idioms are a little bit more informal. Don’t use them on job applications or any kind of formal English context. So keep that in mind and come on. Let’s have some fun with food idioms. The first one, number one, is bread and butter. One of my favorite food combinations. I’m going to say that a lot in this video because I kind of love all food, especially good food. You know. Like good bread and good butter. Well bread and butter means somebody’s main source of income. It just means how somebody makes their money, their main source of income. For example, for Wes and I teaching is our bread and butter. Number two…cool as a cucumber. I love this one because cucumbers are among my favorite vegetables. And I am always cool as a cucumber. No, I’m not. Because somebody who’s cool as a cucumber is calm and relaxed. And I am known to be a little stressed sometimes. So I always tell myself, Ioana, be cool as a cucumber. And it works like half the time. But that’s what it means, very calm and relaxed. Number three…not my cup of tea. And this means it’s just something that you are not interested in or something that you just don’t like. Naturally, I love tea. Oh, maybe I should… I’m back in… Now this is my cup of tea, and it’s huge. As you can see it’s as big as my face. And I love tea, so having tea is my cup of tea. But…if that makes sense…I’m just going to…. I’m sorry if that’s confusing. I’ll give you another example. Hold on. I need to have my tea. Number four…in a nutshell. And in a nutshell means in the fewest possible words. So if you can imagine a little nutshell. It’s very, very small. I’m imagining like a little pistachio They’re very, very small. So in a nutshell just means very little. Saying something in as few words as you can. Number five…to put all your eggs in one basket. This is a piece of advice which means that you shouldn’t concentrate all of your efforts and resources in one area. Because that means that you could lose everything. And it could refer to anything from feelings to money to hopes and dreams, and things like that. So don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Number six…spice things up. Notice how I said that. This one gets me happy because I love spices. Of course, I told you I live food. But to spice things up means to change things. Change a boring routine into something more exciting. To change things up. This expression is commonly found when we’re talking about relationships. And I mean romantic relationships. Maybe sometimes you want to spice things up. And you want to do something different like go on a vacation or do something crazy with your loved one. So to spice things up means to make things a little bit more exciting and different than you normally do. Number seven…bring home and the bacon. Now, I’m not a huge fan of bacon and I know a lot of people are going to be like, “What? Ioana, are you crazy? Why don’t you like bacon?” I don’t really like it. But I’m a huge fan of this idiom. To bring home the bacon doesn’t refer to actual bacon, but instead to material success like money. Bring money. Make money. That is really what it means. Bring home the bacon. Bring home the money. Make money. That’s what it’s about. I don’t know why I got so excited. I don’t even really like bacon that much. Number eight is a lemon. And I have a story about this one. When I was younger, I didn’t really know what a lemon was supposed to be. And I kept hearing car commercials. And they kept talking about, “You won’t get a lemon.” And I just kept wondering what is going on. Why would I want a lemon?” Why would I buy a lemon at the car dealer? It was very confusing until I found out later that a lemon is something that doesn’t work very well. Usually we talk about lemons when we refer to machines or cars. So a car that just doesn’t work very well, it’s just called a lemon. I don’t really hear it about people. Like we don’t say, “Oh that person’s a lemon.” It’s mostly about things that don’t work. You do not want to buy a lemon. Number nine…spill the beans. Now this means to reveal secret information. But you don’t just reveal it, you kind of do it in discreetly or by mistake. That’s like when you’re spilling something. It’s not usually intentional. So it’s not something that you want to do to spill the beans. It’s just like you don’t want to spill beans. You don’t want that. You got a mess. And number ten, our final one for today, is cheesy. Now you’re probably thinking cheesy is good. Right? Who doesn’t love cheese? Cheese is great. So cheesy must be even better. But it’s not. It actually doesn’t have a good connotation. Something cheesy is usually inferior, or cheap, or of low quality. Now cheesy can be used to describe many things from feelings to people to objects. So you can have a cheesy smile, which is not good. Or you can have a cheesy outfit, which is also not good. Or maybe you can have or say a cheesy pick-up line, which is really, really not good. So even though we love cheese, we do not want to be cheesy. I’ve said this word so much that now I really, really, really want some cheese. Okay, so now that you’ve learned all of these ten new, beautiful, fabulous food idioms, I want you to use them. So please, please, please write a sentence in the comments using one of these wonderful 10 food idioms that we learned today. And if you want to choose more than one, go crazy. Choose two or three. You are more likely to remember these words. In fact, I guarantee that you’ll remember them. And if you want even more practice, join our social media classes. They are so much fun, and you will learn so much. So do it. Join it. Join! Now I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson and that now you will spice things up and use some of these idioms in your everyday conversations. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time. Bye.

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  1. Remember to practice what you've learned. Choose an idiom & write a sentence here in the comments. We love hearing from you guys. 😊

  2. New idiom… "bring home the bacon"….can I say… 'works sucks nevertheless I have to bring home the bacon '….

  3. In a nutshell what is your point of view?….. Nursing is my bread and butter… Driving at night is not my cup of tea…. Wooooow thank you, I am now enjoying this.

  4. Super common food idioms:
    Bread and Butter
    Cool as cucumber
    Not my cup of tea
    In a nutshell
    Put all your eggs in one basket
    To spice things up
    Bring home the bacon
    Get a lemon
    A Lemon
    Spill the beans

  5. cool as a cucumber it's hilarious because in colombia we have a phrase alike. "Cool as a lettuce" fresco como lechuga.

  6. I have no bread and butter right now but I am cool as a cucumber because I believed I could bring home the bacon one day.

  7. Initially idioms were not my cup of tea but now I have spiced things up by your lit lessons ,mam I really love your interesting way of teaching

  8. I felt she wore a cheesy attire.However I remained cool as a cucumber and did not complain.Its not my cup of tea to recommend her what to wear,though she is my colleague and we work for our bread and butter at the same organisation.

  9. It is very easy to remain cool as a cucumber when your parents earn bread and butter for you but , it becomes very difficult when you have to bring home the bacon at your,in a nutshell"we have to work hard and respect our parents".. thanks for the video 🙂

  10. Everyday my parents earns bread and butter for me so,I have decided in this weekend I make a trip for them to spice things up 😊😊

  11. I always encourage my mother to spice things up but I think doing different stuffs isn't her gup of tea.
    he loves cheesy things… even his bike is a lemon

  12. Spending my time on unnecessary things is not my cup of tea.
    Spending too much on buying unwanted things is not my cup of tea.
    my parents bring the home bacon.
    Oops😯 I can't be cool as a cucumber you know why? My sister spilled the beans to my dad that she didn't get good marks on her test.😐
    Great stuff👏👍Thank you so much ma'am😀.

  13. Hi Madam
    Thanking you for your tutorial.
    Working in Human Resources Management is my bread and butter.
    Mohan Nair

  14. She earns the bread and butter in her house.
    He's still seems to be cool like cucumber
    Wasting time on gadget games is never my cup of tea.
    My daughter ,she explained to me her fantastic 10 days excursion just in a nut shell.
    The neighbour of mine spills the beans of the entire society ,every time she visits my house.
    I was really fascinated by the bride's look but the groom really looked cheesy.

  15. Every night we spice things up ,in d bedroom in order to achieve more qualitative time.
    Both me and my husband ,bring home the bacon.

  16. Hi I'm your way of explaining its very pretty its give good motives for english from Pakistan

  17. Tell me the story of movie in nut shall
    I have bought a dog its bite and i think its like to bought a lomen

  18. i am a type of friend who is cool as a cucumber. So, my gossip-monger friends love to share the rumor or gossips they got from others to me since they knew im not going to spill the beans.well,being a telltale is not my cup of tea.if they will ask something,i do always talk to them in a nutshell.

  19. Hi…u look really awesome…love you from India…
    I work hard everyday in order to earn bread n butter for my family…even though the day was hectic I tried to remain as cool as cucumber…

  20. Dear madam
    I liked this episode
    Coz u stood really cool as a cucumber
    its useful for learners like me who wanted to make things spice up
    when others in my family go out to bring home the bacon🍕.
    so as its my cup of tea hope for more videos

  21. I'm thai. I love your video. I think it easy to learn some idioms. Thank you for this.

  22. You did a good job as always.
    But there is sth wrong I think: in "cheesy smile" the word "cheesy" means "insincere" which is different with the sense you meant(of low quality).

  23. Hi
    Thanks for your really helpful posts.
    I was not able to find anything CHEESY in your videos so please SPICE them UP by posting more videos realated to movies.

  24. Language skills are my bread and butter because most of my colleagues talk in English.
    I try to remain cool as a cucumber under this emergency.
    Being late is not my cup of tea.
    You bought a lemon home because the fridge wasn’t working .
    He spiced things up by adding more decorations on the furniture.

  25. I decided to spice things up by putting all the food idioms in the following sentences. Since your teaching program is not a lemon and the quality is not cheesy, I am kind of attracted to it. As you said its your bread and butter and both of you bring home tha bacon, I will give you thumbs up. But since you are not single any more you are not my cup of tea any longer. In a nutshell, I need to keep cool as a cucumber by not putting all my eggs in just one basket….funny

  26. Getting a solid history from my patients in the ER is my cup of tea. The key of working at the trauma center is to remain cool as a cucumber even when things go haywire.

  27. Hey there. In another video you say english is not your first language so could you explain? Coz I am a bit confused you speak very well. How long have you been in the Us? At what age did you learn to speak english ?

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