Is there Any Value of Grasping English Fluency in Your Life?

English language skills have been hailed as important across the world for various reasons. Some want people to have proficiency in English because they conduct their business in English. Some want to know the language because their educational pursuits require English language skills. Thus knowing the language is a need of the hour. The language though has historically spread across the world primarily due to colonialism and trade and its spread has established a long history of the way the language has been taught....more

The English Did It Again With ‘Toad In A Hole’

What an adventurous (for lack of a better word) name. It takes one with a truckload full of imagination to make an intellectual guess at what this dish looks, tastes, or even smells like. In fact, it looks, tastes and smells world apart from how it’s been (unfairly) described. Most fortunately....more

On <i>If</i> and <i>Whether</i>

Among the many quirks of the English language is the use of the conjunctions if and whether to make conditional statements.  While this is probably beyond boring to most of you, it holds a certain appeal to my nerdy proclivities....more

Yummy Baked Scones With Herbs & Loads Of Cheese

I used to drool at the variety of scones available at the Tesco and Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Durham – cheese, cranberry, sultana, plain, herbs etc. They came in all shapes and sizes too – round, hexagonal, triangular and sometimes squarish as well. One scone per day was all it took to make me a happy maiden at lunch. Those were the good old days…...more

No Fuss, Just Plain English Oven Baked Chips

It’s definitely not as nice as deep fried ones I think. But the baking process actually helps to retain the original flavours of the potato, which makes the fries tastier in another way. And of course, this version is generally assumed to be healthier as well....more

Bramley Apple and Pork Parcel

Bramley apple is a type of sour apple that is usually used in cooking, due to its light weight and fluffiness, rather than eaten raw. I cannot agree more with this description given in Wikipedia – it tastes horribly sour by itself....more
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