Christmas- Describing Foods Bluff Game

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Topic: Food

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Describing Traditional Christmas foods (The language of food/ Business entertaining) 

Worksheet 1- Guess the food 

Part A 

In Austria they often eat fried carp for Christmas dinner. Carp is a kind of: 

a)  Fish 

b)  Vegetable 

c)  Insect 

 

A British Xmas cake is usually covered with: 

a) Fresh cream 

b) White sugar icing 

c) Chocolate icing 

 

The ingredients of a British Christmas cake include: 

a)  Strawberries 

b)  Raisins 

c)  Custard 

 

If two types of potatoes are eaten as part of an Irish, British or Canadian Christmas dinner, they are 

usually: 

a)  Mashed and roast 

b)  Baked and boiled 

c)  Fried and steamed 

 

British, Canadians and Americans usually eat turkey with cranberry sauce. Cranberry sauce is a kind of: 

a)  Jam 

b)  Gravy 

c)  Glazing 

 

A traditional Ukrainian Christmas dinner has: 

a) 3 courses 

b) 5 courses 

c) 12 courses 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

The main dish of a traditional German Xmas dinner is: 

a)  Roast pork 

b)  Roast goose 

c)  Roast turkey 

 

Possible meats at a Dutch meal include pheasant. Pheasant is a kind of wild: 

a)  Pig 

b)  Bird 

c)  Bear 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Describing Traditional Christmas foods (The language of food/ Business entertaining) 

Worksheet 1- Guess the food 

Part B 

 

Until turkey (which was discovered in America) became popular, the most popular Xmas dish in the UK 

was boar. Boar is a kind of wild: 

a)  Pig 

b)  Bird 

c)  Bear 

 

Traditional vegetables in a British Xmas dinner are always winter vegetables (salad is rarely eaten), such 

as roast parsnips. A parsnip looks like a pale: 

a)  Carrot 

b)  Cabbage 

c)  Pea 

 

A British Xmas pudding is: 

a) Baked 

b) Steamed 

c) Grilled 

 

If there is still some left over turkey after a British Xmas dinner (which is often, as it is a very big bird) it 

is eaten in sandwiches and as a salad. If there is still some left, turkey is used as an ingredient in: 

a)  A curry 

b)  A stew 

c)  A fondue 

 

Nut roast is a Xmas dinner suitable for: 

a)  People with nut allergies 

b)  People on a diet 

c)  Vegetarians 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

The main ingredient of mince pies (often eaten on Xmas day in the UK and New Zealand) is: 

a)  Minced pork 

b)  Minced beef 

c)  Dried fruit 

 

Before it is a cooked, a turkey is often stuffed with: 

a)  Tripe 

b)  Bread and herbs 

c)  Rice and raisins 

 

If prawns are served as part of a Xmas dinner in the UK they are usually part of the: 

a)  Starter 

b)  Main course 

c)  Dessert 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Describing Traditional Christmas foods (The language of food/ Business entertaining) 

Worksheet 2- Guess the food Bluff version 

Student A 

 

Make up false answers for the gaps and read your sentences to your partner. Can they guess which 

answer is correct? 

 

In Austria they often eat fried carp for Christmas dinner. Carp is a kind of: 

a)  Fish 

b)  ___________________ 

c)  ___________________ 

 

A British Xmas cake is usually covered with: 

a) ____________________________ 

b) White sugar icing 

c) _____________________________ 

 

The ingredients of a British Christmas cake include: 

a)  _________________________ 

b)  Raisins 

c)  _____________________________ 

 

If two types of potatoes are eaten as part of an Irish, British or Canadian Christmas dinner, they are 

usually: 

a)  Mashed and roast 

b)  __________________________ 

c)  __________________________ 

 

A traditional Ukrainian Christmas dinner has: 

a) ______________________________ 

b) ______________________________ 

c) 12 courses 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

The main dish of a traditional German Xmas dinner is: 

a)  ________________________ 

b)  Roast goose 

c)  _______________________ 

 

Possible meats at a Dutch meal include pheasant. Pheasant is a kind of wild: 

a)  ____________________________ 

b)  Bird 

c)  _________________________ 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Describing Traditional Christmas foods (The language of food/ Business entertaining) 

Worksheet 2- Guess the food Bluff version 

Student B 

 

Until turkey (which was discovered in America) became popular, the most popular Xmas dish in the UK 

was boar. Boar is a kind of wild: 

a)  Pig 

b)  ________________________________ 

c)  _______________________________ 

 

Traditional vegetables in a British Xmas dinner are always winter vegetables (salad is rarely eaten), such 

as roast parsnips. A parsnip looks like a pale: 

a)  Carrot 

b)  _______________________________ 

c)  _______________________________ 

 

A British Xmas pudding is: 

a) ________________________________ 

b) Steamed 

c) ________________________________ 

 

If there is still some left over turkey after a British Xmas dinner (which is often, as it is a very big bird) it 

is eaten in sandwiches and as a salad. If there is still some left, turkey is used as an ingredient in: 

a)  A curry 

b)  ___________________________________ 

c)  ___________________________________ 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Nut roast is a Xmas dinner suitable for: 

a)  ________________________________ 

b)  ________________________________ 

c)  Vegetarians 

 

The main ingredient of mince pies (often eaten on Xmas day in the UK and New Zealand) is: 

a)  ___________________________________ 

b)  ____________________________________ 

c)  Dried fruit 

 

Before it is a cooked, a turkey is often stuffed with: 

a)  __________________________________ 

b)  Bread and herbs 

c)  ___________________________________ 

 

If prawns are served as part of a Xmas dinner in the UK they are usually part of the: 

a)  Starter 

b)  ___________________________ 

c)  ___________________________ 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Describing Traditional Christmas foods (The language of food/ Business entertaining) 

Worksheet 3- Language of describing food-Presentation and Practice 

Without looking back at Worksheet 1 or 2, fill the words in the gaps below: 

In Austria they often eat fried carp for Christmas dinner. Carp is a _________ fish 

 

A British Xmas cake is usually ______________________________ white sugar icing 

 

The ingredients of a British Christmas cake _______________________ raisins 

 

A traditional Ukrainian Christmas dinner has 12 ____________________________ 

 

The main ____________________ of a traditional German Xmas dinner is roast goose.   

 

Possible meats at a Dutch meal include pheasant. Pheasant is a kind of __________ bird.   

 

A parsnip ___________________ a pale carrot. 

 

If there is still some left, turkey is used as an _________________________ in a curry 

 

Nut roast is a Xmas dinner suitable _______________ vegetarians 

 

The __________________ ingredient of mince pies is dried fruit 

 

Before it is a cooked, a turkey is often stuffed _________________ bread and herbs 

 

If prawns are __________________ as part of Xmas dinner they are part of the starter 

Check your answers with Worksheet 1 or 2 

 

Find words above that are: 

Ways of cooking: 

Vegetables: 

Kinds of meat: 

Types of seafood: 

Ingredients: 

 

Add more words to the categories above. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Using words and sentences similar to those above, describe a food (either a Xmas food or any other) one 

sentence at a time and see if your partner can guess which food it is after each sentence. 

 

Your teacher will give you some photos of unusual foods and ingredients (e.g. insects). Look at your 

photo but don’t show it to your partner. Reply to your partner’s questions about the food with only Yes or 

No answers. After 10 questions, they have to decide if they will accept it as part of their Xmas dinner. 

Continue with more pictures. 

The person in the class with the best Xmas dinner when the teacher stops the activity is the winner. 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007