Have you ever experienced having a conversation and the person you are talking with suddenly mentions something about food? English indeed is a crazy language and most of the native speakers use expressions that are rather confusing. Here are some food-related idioms and expressions for you to use in conversations.

Apple of One’s Eye

Meaning: a person that is adored by someone

Sample Sentence: Alyssa is the apple of her father’s eye.

Sample Dialog:

A: Tanya’s son is growing into a bright and handsome young man.

B: He is. No wonder he’s the apple of the eye of his parents.

A: Indeed. I’m hoping my child would grow into someone like him… well, that’s if I ever decided to have a child.

Bad Egg

Meaning: a person that is adored by someone

Sample Sentence: I don’t want my little brother hanging around with the bad eggs in his class.

Sample Dialog:

A: Have you heard? Zeus was in trouble again?

B: What did he do this time?

A: He vandalized the wall and painted offensive images.

B: That guy is such a bad egg. Why don’t they just kick him out?

A: I heard he came from a powerful family.

Big Cheese

Meaning: a very important person

Sample Sentence: Mr. Gomez is the big cheese of Goldwire Industries.

Sample Dialog:

A: How was the interview?

B: I was a bit surprised by what happened.

A: So, what happened?

B: I thought I was just going to interview the secretary, but they let me talk to the big cheese himself.

Butter Someone Up

Meaning: be extra nice to someone (usually for selfish reasons)

Sample Sentence: We have to butter Mark up before telling him about the bad news.

Sample Dialog:

A: Are you free this long weekend?

B: Yeah, why?

A: My family and I will go camping. Do you want to come with us? My cousins will be there, too.

B: Hmm, I’m not sure.

A: Come on! It would be fun.

B: I bet it is but the thing is… my Mom doesn’t like the idea of me going to the wilderness.

A: Oh, then, I’ll ask her but first, let’s butter her up.

Cool as a Cucumber

Meaning: very relaxed

Sample Sentence: David is as cool as a cucumber.

Sample Dialog:

A: It’s hell week again. I badly stop looking at my social media and study.

B: As we should. Stanley, get off your computer and study with us.

A: Come on! Everything will be alright.

B: You being as cool as cucumber won’t make you pass the exams. So, stop fooling around.

Cup of Joe

Meaning: a cup of coffee

Sample Sentence: Let’s grab a cup of Joe after.

Sample Dialog:

A: Our schedule nowadays is too hectic.

B: You can say that again! I automatically feel sleepy by just merely looking at this pile of unfinished projects.

A: How about getting a cup of Joe before we continue.

B: I surely wanted that.

Cry Over Spilled Milk

Meaning: get upset over something that has happened and cannot be changed.

Sample Sentence: It’s lost. Let’s just get a new one; there’s no use crying over spilled milk.

Sample Dialog:

A: I could have gotten that scholarship if I had just gotten in the interview on time.

B: Oh, what happened?

A: There was a car accident that day which caused heavy traffic.

B: That’s too bad but hey, there’s no use in crying over spilled milk. There are better opportunities in   store for you.

A: I guess you’re right. Thanks. 

Not my Cup of Tea

Meaning: something you don’t enjoy.

Sample Sentence: Scuba-diving is not really my cup of tea.

Sample Dialog:

A: What are you doing this weekend?

B: I’ll just stay home and read.

A: Sounds boring. What are you going to read?

B: Oh, I bought a series last time.

A: What is it all about?

B: About students studying in a prestigious school. Do you want to borrow some?

A: Nah, not really my cup of tea. I prefer physical activities.

Hard Nut to Crack

Meaning: difficult to understand.

Sample Sentence: Angelo is a hard nut to crack when something is bothering him like this.

Sample Dialog:

A: Have you seen Angelo? I have been looking for him.

B: Why? Is there any problem?

A: I’m not sure. He seems fine yesterday.

B: Oh. Just let him be. You know, Angelo is a hard nut to crack when something is bothering him like this.

A: I guess you’re right. I hope he becomes okay in time.

Piece of Cake

Meaning: very easy.

Sample Sentence: The exam was a piece of cake.

Sample Dialog:

A: How was your exam?

B: It was terrible. I really don’t have enough time to study so I crammed. And yours?

A: I thought the exam would be that difficult but it turns out that it’s just a piece of cake.

B: Good for you. It seems like you studied hard for it.

A: I did. In fact, I had been studying two weeks before the exam. Maybe, you should know your priorities, too. Partying and cramming will really not lead you to anywhere.

B: I know, I know.