Saturday, May 15, 2021

Weekend Cooking: Food Sayings

We are big Masterchef Australia fans here. It is one thing that we both like to sit down and watch tgoether although by the end of the series, my husband is about ready for it to be done, but by the time the next season is on we will both be looking forward to it again!

This week on Masterchef Australia one of the challenges was called Meet the Brief with the idea that each of the challengers could choose a well known food phrase and come up with a dish that represents the saying.

The three sayings in the show were 

As cool as a cucumber

Bringing home the bacon

The proof is in the pudding

Surprisingly most people chose cool as a cucumber as the saying, and a lot of the contestants chose to make cucumber granita, which I am pretty sure is not something that I imagine I would ever make or even eat!

In our house, it did get us brainstorming about other food sayings. It turns out that there are a lot. Here are some that we thought of or have found

Bun in the oven

Cherry on top

Icing on the cake

Plenty of fish in the sea

The apple of my eye

If life gives you lemons make lemonade

something being a lemon (for example bought a dodgy car)

The cream of the crop

The cat that got the cream

As different as chalk and cheese

Putting all your eggs in one basket

Crying over spilt milk

Easy as pie

Going bananas or  going nuts

Being in a pickle

Being as keen as mustard

Piece of cake

Thats the way the cookie crumble

Take it with a grain of salt

Spiill the beans

Two peas in a pod

I am sure that there are many, many more. Do you have some other examples?

I think if I was going to have to make a recipe related to one of these sayings, it would of course be related to cake! I definitely wouln't want to have to clean up after the cookie crumbled or spilling the beans!

Weekly Menu

Saturday: Kung pao chicken
Sunday: Takeawy
Monday: Lamb chops with Meditteranean vegies
Tuesday: Butter chicken pizza
Wednesday: Mexican chicken and rice
Thursday: Pork chops, mashed potato ang beans
Friday: Pineapple chicken curry with rice

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  1. Great list! My mouth is watering over your weekly menu, especially the pineapple chicken curry.
    In case I have trouble with the linkup (Again) here is mine:

    1. It was fun to put together Tina! And Mr Linky appears to have worked.

  2. I thought that episode was not one of their best. It seemed to me that they were picky about how they interpreted the dish, and all a contestant had to do if they chose bacon was to look misty-eyed and talk about home, and they were ok even if the dish was mostly pork not bacon. And all they had to do for pudding was to cook one...

    1. It wasn't the best episode, especially seeing as everyone cooked cucumber granita, but we did hae fun with the sayings!

  3. Your list is very amusing. Who doesn't want to be the Big Cheese? Who doesn't want to have the Whole Enchilada? Life is just a bowl of cherries and man does not live by bread alone (as Woody Allen adds, he also needs a beverage).

    best... mae at

  4. I couldn't understand the number that made cucumber granita either. I would have made tzatziki to cool down something spicy.
    I have a MC Australia comment on my post this week as well.

    1. P.S. most North Americans would not understand keen as mustard!!

    2. I have no idea what I would have made for cucumber Jackie!

  5. Food saying are fun, plus who cannot relate!? I agree with Tina the Chicken Pineapple Curry sounds wonderful, I am new to eating curry but the combo of curry and pineapple sounds delicious!

    1. It was a Sri Lankan style curry Melynda!

  6. I found a list of 81 food idioms with explanations, but I somehow don't think most people need them! It's funny though - the section with sayings including "beans" is entitled "Cool Beans" but they don't explain that one!

    1. I think that there are some that I would need an explanation for!

  7. Great list of food phrases. Oddly, I know and use most of these.

  8. you're so right. there are so many food sayings. well related to food. just shows how much food means to humans:-)

  9. How fun! I was thinking of "cool beans" -- but Jill beat me to it!