Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 223 - Meal you usually eat on a special occasion

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a meal you usually eat on a special occasion.

You should say:

  • what type of meal it is
  • when and where you usually eat it
  • how it is prepared

and explain why this meal is important for the occasion.


Model Answer 1:
I think that there is no better feeling than enjoying a great meal after a long and hard day at work. Of course, some people just love to eat whether he is working or not. Then, of course, there are others who like to eat good food only when there is an occasion for it. But, as for me, I like to eat it during the weekend with my friends after a good physical exercise and work out.

Well, to tell the truth, just even the thought of eating a sirloin steak makes my mouth watery. In fact, it is almost impossible to forget the heavenly taste of juicy sirloin steak, soaked in some black pepper and mushroom sauce. But, unfortunately, I don’t really get to eat it as often as I possibly could, mainly because I can’t prepare it at home. So, all I do instead is just visit the restaurant once a week to enjoy one of my most favourite meals of all time.

Anyway, to cook this food item, first remove the steaks from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Then preheat the oven to 180° and then place a frying pan over high heat after putting a good dash of oil in it.  Later, season the steaks liberally with flaky sea salt. When the oil is hot, add the steaks carefully to the pan and cook for 2 and a half minutes until it turns beautifully golden on the underside. Then, turn the steaks over and add some butter, thyme and a few garlic cloves. Finally, baste the steak with the butter and once it turns golden on the underside, place it in the oven for 2–3 minutes, remove the steaks from the pan and allow to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes before serving.

This meal is important for this occasion because it gives me and my friends some real energy after some exhausting physical work and exercise. This is also important because it is during this time all of my friends manage to get together and enjoy some quality time together.


Sample Answer 2:
On different occasions and events, we eat different meals, and some of the items are very common on such special occasions. One such meal that we often eat on special occasions is the Pilaf (which is also known as pulao, pilav and polao in some countries), salad and mutton.

We eat this special meal usually at our major festivals like New Year, wedding and different social parties. This is a distinctive meal people usually prepare for particular occasions and this is widely liked in our country.

The meal is usually served either at lunch or dinner. People do not have it in the morning as this is a kind of rich food. A special type of rice is used to prepare the pilaf and depending on the local cuisine and custom, fish, vegetables and dried fruits are also added to the rice. The salad is prepared with various kinds of vegetables and fruits and sometimes onions, and special edible oils are added sometimes.

The importance of a meal for an occasion mostly depends on the custom and preferences of the people of a geographical region. For hundreds of years, it is a tradition in our country to cook and serve this special meal on special occasions. Another reason why people prefer to eat this meal on a special occasion is that it is very much delicious and the ingredients required for preparing for this menu is available in our country.


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe your favourite dish.
  2. Describe a menu you eat at home.
  3. Describe a traditional food item you know about.
  4. Describe a special meal you have had.
  5. Describe a meal you recently had with your friends.
  6. Describe a national event in your country that you observe. 


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