Simon: Excuse me, my name’s Simon and I’m a dietician working here at the University. Would you mind if I asked you some questions? I’m doing a survey for the Students’ Union on student eating habits.
Jim: Oh really.
Simon: Yes, we’re trying to find out how we can improve the meals served in the university canteens and cafes based on what students like to cook for themselves.
Jim: Right. Well, I’ve a few minutes before class so yes, I can answer some questions.
Simon: Thanks a lot. Firstly, what’s your name and what course are you studying?
Jim: I’m Jim and I’m doing Biology.
Simon: Okay. Now can you tell me how often you eat meat?
Jim: About once a week. The cost is really high these days so I can’t afford to eat much meat.
Simon: Right. And what about fish and vegetables?
Jim: I don’t like fish so that hardly features in my diet at all, but I often eat vegetables. In fact both at lunchtime and for my evening meal I usually make meals from vegetables as they’re quick and easy.
Simon: Mmm, that’s a good idea. Do you think we should have more vegetable dishes in the Students’ Union canteens?
Jim: I think so because price is a big factor for students deciding to be vegetarian. If the university served good quality vegetarian food they could make it cheaper and this might attract more students.
Simon: Yes, I see your point. Now, how would you evaluate your diet?
Jim: That’s a good question! I know my diet contains far too much sugar. The problem is that I love fizzy drinks like coke and lemonade. I’m pretty sure that that’s where most of the sugar comes from. What I really have to do is to try to find a way to stop this and drink some kind of juice or water instead.
Simon: Yes, you’re right, that’s what a dietician, nutritionist or doctor would recommend.
Jim: I know, I know. At the moment I don’t drink enough water – on an average day I only have a couple of glasses.
Last year I went to a wonderful restaurant overlooking the river in my city, Marseille, with a group of friends. The special occasion was my friend’s 21st birthday and we decided to go out for dinner. We wanted to eat beef because this restaurant is famous for meat, but as we arrived late they didn’t have any beef left. Instead we ate bouillabaisse which is a kind of seafood stew containing fish and shellfish. I had a couple of glasses of orange juice. For dessert we each had a slice of birthday cake which the restaurant had made especially for my friend. The cake had 21 candles and my friend blew them all out in one go so she made many wishes for the future. We had so much fun that night.
I’m going to talk about an English dessert called trifle. This is a dish that people usually eat in sum m er and it’s been very popular since the 1950s. It’s made from fruit, cake, custard and jelly and we often eat it with some cream. Trifle is really easy to make because it doesn’t actually need cooking. Um first of all, you cut up some cake into slices and then you put the slices of cake into a bowl. Some people like to cover the cake in sherry otherwise it can go a bit hard. Next you need to chop up some fruit but you can’t use just any fruit; it must be berries such as strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. After covering the cake with berries, you need to make some jelly and pour this over the fruit. When the jelly has cooled it’s time to add custard. You can use a tin of custard but it’s better to make your own – people can always tell the difference. Finally, add the cream. It’s best to only use a little cream because trifle is quite rich. And then put a few raspberries on the top for decoration. I love it because of the mix of
fruit and sweet custard.