Task: Work assignment

Exercise 5 - Recipe

Published: 25.05.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017

Read the text below and answer the questions at the end.

Homesteader Cornbread

What you need
1 ½ cups cornmeal, 2 ½ cups milk, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder,
1 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, ½ cup vegetable oil

What you do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).  In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and  milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.  Mix in the cornmeal mixture, eggs and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.

This recipe comes from my mother-in-law in Canada. It’s the most moist cornbread that I have ever tasted. It’s so soft and fluffy and full of corn flavor. It’s great with chilli con carne or as stuffing for your holiday turkey.

Adapted from a text at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Homesteader-Cornbread/Detail.aspx


  1. This text consists of three parts. Which? What would you call each part?
  2. What is the purpose of each part?
  3. What is the meaning of Homesteader Cornbread? Can you find a Norwegian translation?
  4. The middle part has a recurrent sentence structure. Comment as fully as you can on this structure.
  5. Find examples to prove that this text is written in the American English standard.

Suggested key

  1. The three parts are: 1) What you need, 2) What you do, 3) What it tastes like.
  2. The purpose is to list the ingredients (1), present the procedure (2), and tempt readers to make it (3).
  3. These are a few suggested translations of Homesteader Cornbread:
    • Maisbrød fra bureisingstiden, Landsens maisbrød, Maisbrød på gamlemåten.
      The first is literally most accurate since homestead means ‘land given to people to farm’. But the name does not strike the right tone in today’s commercial language.
  4. The sentences in the middle part have this recurrent structure. There are some variations.
  5. Two words are spelled according to the American standard: center and flavor. The British spelling is centre and flavour.