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Baking
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Baking
烘焙

Learn about Gerunds and Infinitives

Date: Jan 06 2012

Themes: Food, Hobbies

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives

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There’s nothing like freshly baked cookies to sweeten up your day and make your whole house smell delicious. But some people seem to have the magic touch when it comes to baking, while others struggle to get even the simplest recipe to turn out right.

Baking is different from cooking in that it’s not as easy to make changes to the recipe. If you don’t use the right amount of each ingredient, your brownies could fail to rise, or your cookies could come out of the oven hard as a rock. On the other hand, if you follow the recipe carefully, you should be OK. But as Ella explains to Marni, that isn’t true for everyone.

新鲜烘焙的曲奇能够让你整天都感到快乐,并使整个房间芳香四溢。在这方面,没有任何其它事物能够与之媲美。但是,某些人具有烘焙的天赋,而其他人则为一个最简单的正确配方而纠结不休。
烘焙与烹饪不同,改变配方绝非易事。如果每种原料使用的量不对,那么巧克力饼可能无法发酵,或者曲奇饼可能硬的像一块石头。相反,如果严格遵照配方,应该不会出问题。但是正如艾拉向玛尼说的那样,这并不适用于每个人。

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Ella

Ella

Marni:  Ella, I just baked you a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Ella:  Oh, thank you. I thought you were going to say I would have to help you bake, because it would be a disaster then.

Marni:  Oh, really? You don’t like to bake?

Ella:  I don’t like to bake. I don’t like to cook. I just don’t have the patience to wait, and baking is a lot of waiting and watching. And also, I don’t like to measure.

Marni:  Baking, you have to be really exact, whereas cooking, you can be a little more spontaneous. Throw in a little of this, a little of that. But baking, you have to follow the recipe to a T. But I love it. It’s just so relaxing to me. It’s so rewarding to have your house smell like fresh baked cookies or bread or cake or pastries.

Ella:  I can’t do it. I mean, I love the end results, so that’s why I love to go to a bakery after someone else has done the hard work. But I myself could never be a baker. I don’t have what it takes.

Marni:  Well, it’s a good thing you have friends who like to bake. You sure you don’t want me to show you sometime?

Ella:  I’m good. I’ll just eat this cookie instead.

Marni:  OK.

 

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Discussion

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Marni has baked some cookies. She offers them to Ella. Ella is relieved that she didn’t have to help make the cookies, because although she loves eating baked goods, she hates baking.

Ella says she is bad at baking because she is too impatient, and she doesn’t like measuring. To bake, you have to carefully measure out the ingredients. Unlike Ella, Marni thinks baking is relaxing and rewarding.

Do you like to bake? What is your favorite thing to bake?

 

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Staisy

Staisy

Russian Federation

I can bake, if it is necessary, but only  if there are simple recipies.The last time I was baking  something  about a year ago. Thats because it is not my hobby. I prefer to cook healthy dishes. But from another side, I like to try homemade cakes. I am like Ella,  who hates process of baking, but who loves the end results of it.

06:19 PM May 18 2015 |

ivroja

ivroja

Colombia

I like to bake cakes but sometimes is stressing because you have to be carefull with the ingredients and the measure. But after the hard work you can try something deliciousSmile

04:42 PM Aug 11 2012 |

manik athawale

India

i also like to bake my favorite bake is indian cooking sine time i like too

10:41 AM Mar 14 2012 |

penny754

penny754

China

i like baking and cooking too.I really think baking and cooking can make me relaxing.I really enjoy the time when  the whole family were eating my result.

09:05 AM Jan 11 2012 |

Zambuka

Zambuka

United States

i like to cook) but i love to eat more :D so, sometimes my cooking passion wakes up and then the whole house has a wonderful scent) until it gets burnt :D 

02:55 PM Jan 10 2012 |

Melina M

Melina M

Argentina

I love baking, but many times it doesn’t turn out right. But I bake every weekend, cause I want to be good at it :)

11:10 PM Jan 08 2012 |

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abklefh

Saudi Arabia

Hello

09:43 PM Jan 08 2012 |

Gobsmacker

Germany

I would absolutely love to be good at baking and cooking seeing as I love food!!! :D But like Ella I’m too impatient plus somehow my baking always goes totally wrong so I have kind of given up on trying. For example I tried to make these delicious sounding toffee sesame slabs about a week ago and the recipe said you were supposed to stir it untill the sugar dissolved. So I stirred and stirred but as always my sugar didn’t dissolve :D So I ended up with a huge lump of hard inedible sugar. Great! Baking really is a mystery to me. I generally leave it to other more talented people to bake for me and I gladly take over the eating part. :)


My favourite thing to bake is a Victoria sponge cake because it’s a very simple recipe and it tastes delicious. Yum! I think I’ll go and make one in a minute as a kind of midnight snack to keep me going till the morning. ;) And no, before anyone asks: Miraculously I am not fat yet but who knows!? Everything has it’s time and place. ;)

07:42 PM Jan 08 2012 |

Anise

Austria

I sometimes really like to bake but it has to be easy and quick. I don´t follow the recipe always, because sometimes I´m too lazy to weight the ingredience. What I´m really into when I´m baking is to watch the brownies or whatever in the oven.

06:45 PM Jan 08 2012 |

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amsaj

amsaj

Saudi Arabia

Actually, I know how to make eggs only and fortunately it does not need to baking

04:11 PM Jan 08 2012 |

AUL

AUL

Azerbaijan

Why we havent new topic?

03:37 PM Jan 08 2012 |

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AUL

AUL

Azerbaijan

that’s ok :)

08:49 AM Jan 08 2012 |

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aziz al kun

United Arab Emirates

i do really wish that i can learn how to cook the cookie that will be awesome to spend your time waiting for the result enjoying the time doing some thing useful

08:12 AM Jan 08 2012 |

jesse.silva

Brazil

I only know how to make Pasta hehe

11:19 PM Jan 07 2012 |

panictx

panictx

South Korea

Hi julito, I can absolutely agree with you. the power of love is ammazing. Smile 


She doesn’t have baked anything thesedays from that day. haha

10:06 PM Jan 07 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

panictx.     love works wonders.

09:21 PM Jan 07 2012 |

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panictx

panictx

South Korea

When my wife and I were newlyweds, she baked some bread and cokies for me.


omg ;;;;; I had to say her “It’s Delicious!! Good!!” As you would already have known, it was the first time for her to bake something for me. It should not be delicious!!! It looked like a monster which we can see from a movie, The Spiriting Away Of Sen And Chihiro, 2001.


 Whenever I think back on that time, it makes me smile.Smile

08:40 PM Jan 07 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Hello, trancesoul,  then you dont know what you are missing. jeje,   we have cakes, icecream, cookies, made with dulce  de leche, so delicious. I have seen it in the american supermarkets,  take care


 

08:25 PM Jan 07 2012 |

TranceSoul

TranceSoul

Poland

Julito I just found information about “dulce de leche” and I have never seen that in polish supermarket. This is the first time I’ve heard about it )

07:41 PM Jan 07 2012 |

manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

mmm, can I make you a pasta alla carbonara?



you know, I don’t love baking very much!

05:40 PM Jan 07 2012 |

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