ENGLISCH/715: Brainteasers (167) The proof of the pudding ... (SB)

B R A I N T E A S E R S - Food proverbs and quotes (difficult)

Quizzes and puzzles for learners of English

167 The proof of the pudding

Preparing food is something we do every day and cooking is getting more and more popular in Britain. According to a new study from market analysts, 1 in 5 Britons claim that watching cookery programmes on TV has encouraged them to try different food. One in four adults say that TV chefs have made them much more confident about expanding their culinary knowledge and skills, and young people are also getting more interested in cooking. With an increasing number of male chefs on TV, it's no longer 'uncool' for boys to like cooking. Cookery shows and documentaries about food are broadcast during prime time evening slots in Britain. No wonder that a lot of words and expressions derive from the kitchen and cooking.

Read the quotes and proverbs about food and fill the gap with the missing expression:

Food Proverbs and quotes - (difficult)

1. "To eat is a n________, but to eat intelligently is an art."
    (La Rochefoucauld)

2. The proof of the p______ is in the eating.

3. "S______: A slave that must accept everything that is given to it,
    but which avenges wrongs as slyly as does the slave."
    (Emile Souvester)

4. Too many cooks spoil the b____.

5. "Part of the success in life is to eat what you like and let the
    f___ fight it out inside."
    (Mark Twain)

6. "The discovery of a new d___ does more for human happiness than
    the discovery of a new star."
    (Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)

7. When d___ is wrong medicine is of no use. When d___ is correct
    medicine is of no need.

8. An a____ a day keeps the doctor away.

9. You are what you ___.

10. "H_____ is the best sauce in the world."

11. "Strange to see how a good d_____ and feasting reconciles
    (Samuel Pepys)

12. "Kissing doesn't last: c______ does."
    (George Meredith)

13. Fish, to t____ right, must swim three times - in water, in butter
    and in wine.

14. Even were a cook to c___ a fly, he would keep the breast for

15. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not
    d____ well."
    (Virginia Woolf)

16. You can't make an o_______ without breaking eggs.


Congratulations, you got the right answers to

Brainteasers 166 - Proverbs and idioms

And here they are:

1. According to the proverb, "There's no smoke without a fire".
    Answer "d" was correct.

2. If you memorise something, for example a Christmas poem or speech
    so you know it without reading it, you learn it by heart.
    Answer "b" was correct.

3. If you tell the truth after initially lying, you come clean.
    Answer "a" was correct.

4. "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw

    Answer "c" was correct. It means you should
not criticise someone for

    having a fault if you have the same fault

5. "He's turned over a new leaf" What has he done?

    Answer "a" was correct: He's made a new
start, promised to be

    For example: The prisoner decided to turn
over a new leaf when he got

    out of prison.

6. If you've been "burning the candle at both ends", you have been
    working hard and going to bed late
    Answer "b" was correct.

24. Januar 2007