Cooking Verbs & How to Poach an Egg!

Video Lesson #01

In the very first mmmEnglish Video Lesson, Emma introduces some simple cooking verbs. She's making a very simple breakfast dish to demonstrate these verbs – it’s called poached eggs on toast!! The best way to learn new words is in the context of a larger story, so enjoy watching and then practice by making your own eggs at home! 🙂


Video Script:

 Hi everyone! Welcome to the very first video lesson from! I’m so excited you’re here! So excited actually. I’m going to do a dance…

OK! Today’s lesson is going to be about cooking verbs and I’m going to show you these verbs by cooking a very simple breakfast recipe. It’s called ‘poached eggs on toast’.To poach something means, to cook it in liquid. So poached eggs are eggs that are cooked in water.

So, what do we need?

  • 2 fresh eggs
  • 1 litre of water
  • 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) of white vinegar
  • A medium-sized frypan
  • A spatula
  • A stove

And to serve our eggs, we’ll need some toast (not bread), butter, salt and pepper. Ready? Let’s do it!

  • First, light the stove.
  • Put the frypan on the stove.
  • Then, pour the water into the frypan.
  • Wait until the water is simmering. So, to show you the difference between boiling water and simmering water: The water in this pot is boiling – it’s very hot and there’s lots of bubbles. And the water in this pan is simmering, so there’s a few small bubbled but it’s not yet as hot as boiling.
  • Then, add the vinegar to the water
  • Stir with a spoon.
  • Crack the eggs into the pan, carefully.
  • (Toast the bread) Poached eggs are served on toast. So, toast is just a slice of bread that has been toasted in a toaster!
  • Spread some butter on the toast. OK, it’s time to get our eggs out of our frypan.
  • I’m going to use the spatula to carefully lift the eggs out of the frypan.
  • Let the water drain away.
  • Put the egg on the toast. And repeat!

So an egg has two different parts. The white part is called the egg white and the yellow part here is called the egg yolk. Very important when your making poached eggs is that the egg yolk is runny – and not hard! We can test that in a minute but first, let’s add our salt and pepper to out eggs. And, cut our yolk open and see if we have a soft, runny egg yolk. Perfect!

OK, now I’m going to grab a coffee and sit down and have my breakfast! I hope you enjoyed this episode!

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