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9 November 2004
Kay loves shopping, and loves cooking. Listen to her talk about her day shopping at the market, and what she likes to cook.

Hello, what are you doing today at the market?
I've just come in today because it's the last day of my holidays and I love coming to the market and I don't get the opportunity much when I'm working.

What do you like about the market?
I like the whole variety and range of foods that you can get here. And it's very cheap as well.

How often do you come here?
Not as often as I'd like. Probably, I only get the opportunity on weekends but, when I'm on holidays, I was in here yesterday as well.

What do you do here?
I browse and I graze and I think about all the ingredients I need to get for different sorts of recipes, that sort of thing.

What's your favourite stall?
Favourite stall? I don't have a favourite. A lot of the Asian foods I like, a lot of the dips, the ready-made dips, things like that. I like the cappuccino and Greek foods up that end as well. I like to sit and have a read of the paper and have a coffee and some Greek pastries.

When was the last time you came here?

What did you do then?
Similar sorts of things but I have just come back from a holiday in Cairns so I put a film in down at the camera shop and I'll pick that up today.

What do you like to cook?
Just about everything. I've been on an Indian run at the moment but I've started today with Asian food, so all sorts.

How do you make it? What are the main ingredients?
Lots of different sorts of bok choy, coriander and lemongrass, garlic, mostly chicken and fish: healthy type stuff, mostly.

What's the hardest thing you know how to cook?
The hardest? I don't know about hard, but time-consuming can be crushing up all the herbs, spices, seeds that you need for Indian food. That's quite time-consuming, and I bought a mortar and pestle and I'm never going to do that again. I'm going to buy one of those electric things.

And, what's the easiest thing you know how to cook?
Probably Asian foods are the easiest, because they're very light, in stock, just a bit of chopping up of this, that and the other, and you get lovely sort of aromas and flavours from Asian foods.

Can you give us just a simple idea of a recipe for one of those kinds of dishes?
Well, what I'm going to do with this, is basically a stock: just chop up the bok choy, the spring onions, the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, a little bit of chilli and some fish, that's what I bought today. And just very simply put that all in together with noodles.

story notes

To browse is to look at a lot of things, without necessarily concentrating on one thing.

For example, you could browse through a shop and not buy anything.

If the shopkeeper asked if you wanted any help, you might say, ‘I’m just browsing.’

You can browse through a book or magazine, without reading everything.

Note that browse can also be used as a noun.
I'm just having a browse.

To graze is to eat small amounts of food frequently.

Usually, you would say that animals like sheep and cows graze on grass.
cows graze on grass

To graze can also mean to break the surface of the skin by rubbing against something rough.
If you fall on concrete you can graze your knee.

And in this sense, graze can also be a noun. Your knee would have a graze on it

on an Indian run
That’s a slang way of saying she’s been cooking a lot of Indian food lately.

Expressions that use the word run are the subject of today's spotlight.

If something is time-consuming, it takes a long time to do.
The English Bites quiz is not very time-consuming.