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  • Vanessa: Are you ready?

  • "This is the best English lesson."

  • "This is really good.

  • Please make more videos like this."

  • "I loved it.

  • It's a joyful way to learn English."

  • Well, what is it?

  • With 3 million views, come, Cook and Eat in English with Me.

  • Every year for the last four years, I have baked something with my kids and eaten it

  • with my family, and you have been invited to join us.

  • So today you get it all, two hours of joining my family for some meal time.

  • And like always, I've created a free PDF worksheet with all of today's vocabulary, grammar, and

  • pronunciation so that you never forget what you've learned in this lesson.

  • You can click on the link in the description to download the free English worksheet today.

  • All right, let's go back in time to 2017 when my oldest son was not even two years old yet.

  • Come join us for this lovely meal.

  • Let's go.

  • Want to come over to my house for lunch?

  • We're not having anything fancy.

  • I'm just going to make some quesadillas, Vanessa Style.

  • Usually we have leftovers for lunch, but today I thought we'd make quesadillas because I

  • have a lot of cheese here, so I hope that you enjoy it.

  • I'm going to cook some food first, and then you're going to join me at lunch with my husband

  • and my toddler, Theo.

  • I hope that you'll enjoy it.

  • Let's talk about some of the ingredients that I'm going to use.

  • Of course, we need a tortilla.

  • I'm going to make three of these.

  • This is just one tortilla.

  • I'm going to use some butter in the pan.

  • You can use whatever you want.

  • Olive oil, I don't know, this is just what I usually use with a quesadilla.

  • I have some mozzarella cheese and I have some kimchi for a very traditional quesadilla.

  • Just kidding.

  • This is not traditional at all.

  • Usually whenever I make a quesadilla, I just throw in whatever I have in the fridge.

  • So I already sautéed some kale that you can see in here, and I'm just going to kind of

  • push it into the quesadilla.

  • So first things first, got to turn on the burner.

  • And we'll kind of let that warm up a little bit and put my little piece of butter into

  • the pan.

  • Stir it up a little bit.

  • I'm sorry if you come from a country where quesadillas are your traditional food, this

  • is nothing like that.

  • This is purely Vanessa Style.

  • All right, because I already sautéed the kale, the pan's a little bit hot, so I'm just

  • going to put the tortilla into the pan.

  • Kind of mush it around a little bit.

  • Now comes the fun part, grating the cheese.

  • So this is a grater, and we use the verb, which is almost the same thing as the item.

  • I'm going to grate the cheese with a grater.

  • So I am just going to do this.

  • And that looks pretty good.

  • And I'll probably just push it around the pan a little bit because it will evenly melt.

  • If you weren't watching, I would probably use my hands.

  • But because you're watching and this is going to be on the internet, we'll do it a little

  • bit more of a sanitary way.

  • During lunch today, I plan on playing a game called...

  • Or not really a game, just using this item called TableTopics.

  • It's this little box that has a bunch of questions in it, and Dan and I often use these questions

  • just to talk about stuff during a meal because sometimes you don't want to think about your

  • day, or you don't want to just talk about the same things you usually talk about.

  • So we're going to be using these TableTopic questions.

  • If you think it's a good idea, if you like it yourself, you're welcome to use the link.

  • There's a link in the description where you can buy it yourself.

  • I just think it's a cool item because it's got lots of questions in English.

  • All right.

  • The next thing is to push this kale into the quesadilla.

  • And next, I'm going to put some kimchi on this.

  • I don't know if you've ever had kimchi, but whenever I eat it, I feel so refreshed.

  • There's something about it that just makes me feel cleansed inside.

  • And we have a lot of kimchi in our fridge, maybe a little too much.

  • Sometimes I go a little kimchi crazy whenever I see kimchi at an Asian supermarket or here

  • in Asheville we have a Korean food truck.

  • It's like a Korean fusion food truck, but there's a Korean family who run it, and they

  • sell kimchi.

  • This is their kimchi.

  • So whenever we go there, we always buy more jars of kimchi because we go through it pretty

  • fast.

  • All right, I'm going to let that sit there for a second, because usually I like the bottom

  • of the tortilla to get a little bit crispy or hard a little bit so that the inside is

  • nice and melted, and the outside's a little bit crispy.

  • If I had any leftover chicken, I would put that in here.

  • Maybe fish, put it in there.

  • Whatever we have.

  • Broccoli, put it in there.

  • It's a very simple way to make a nice lunch.

  • Because I work from home as your English teacher, I can eat lunch at home, so it's convenient

  • to cook things like this.

  • But I know a lot of people eat lunch at the office or you're not at home when you're eating,

  • so of course you could make something like this for dinner if you wanted.

  • It's a fun way to use your leftovers like kale or just kimchi that you have sitting

  • around.

  • All right, let's check the bottom of this.

  • It looks like it could probably be turned up a little bit.

  • I'm going to do that.

  • I don't want to burn the bottom.

  • I have done that before one too many times.

  • But if you kind of carefully turn up the burner, it's not a big deal.

  • It looks like our patience has paid off.

  • You can see I put the ingredients only on half of it because now comes the important

  • part.

  • We need to fold it in half.

  • I'm going to use my fingers a little bit.

  • Fold it in half so it becomes a nice little shape like that, and I'll just put it right

  • on the plate.

  • All right, That's one.

  • You want to see what we made?

  • Da da da!

  • Nothing super fancy, just a simple lunch.

  • Now I'm going to make two more, and then I'll tell Dan and Theo they can come back inside

  • because Theo is always really loud whenever he plays so they always go outside whenever

  • I film a video.

  • So I'll tell them to come back inside and we can have some lunch together.

  • Well, welcome to lunch.

  • I'm glad you could join us.

  • We're eating the quesadilla that I just made.

  • Dan: Yes, we are.

  • Vanessa: How is it?

  • Dan: It's very good.

  • It has kimchi in it.

  • Vanessa: Yep.

  • Dan: A kimchi quesadilla.

  • That's special.

  • Vanessa: Yeah.

  • Fusion.

  • Theo, what do you think about the quesadilla?

  • Is it good?

  • Theo: Yeah.

  • Vanessa: Good.

  • What do you like about it?

  • Theo: Cheese.

  • Vanessa: Cheese?

  • Okay.

  • Dan: He said cheese.

  • He loves cheese.

  • Vanessa: Good.

  • Well, today, Theo, I have something special.

  • We're going to be talking about some questions.

  • Do you want to talk about some questions with us?

  • Theo: Mm-hmm.

  • Vanessa: Okay.

  • This is TableTopics.

  • It's like a question, conversation starter box.

  • Dan: Theo wants to ask a question.

  • Vanessa: Oh.

  • Theo, you want to choose a question?

  • All right.

  • What's it say?

  • Can you- Dan:

  • Can you read it?

  • Vanessa: Can you read it?

  • Dan: What's it say?

  • Theo: No.

  • Vanessa: You want me to read it?

  • Okay.

  • It says, "What's your favorite..."

  • Theo, we'll read some more after we finish this one.

  • Why don't you eat your quesadilla?

  • Dan: Yeah, let's do one at a time.

  • Vanessa: What's your favorite song to play in the car?

  • Theo: Rock you.

  • Dan: Look up-

  • Vanessa: What'd you say?

  • Theo: Rock you.

  • Dan: I got-

  • Vanessa: Rock you?

  • Dan: Oh, Theo has a song.

  • Number one for Theo is We Will Rock You by Queen.

  • For me, I like the song I Belong In Your Arms by-

  • Vanessa: Chairlift?

  • Dan: By Chairlift.

  • And two- Theo:

  • Barbara Ann.

  • Dan: He likes Barbara