Cooking from the screen

cooking.jpgThe past two days have shown me what a gamble it is to meet and greet online recipes.

My grand excitement at the sight of two somewhat rotten banana’s in our pantry flew to a melancholic desire for hot beautiful banana bread. Are you getting sick of adjectives yet? By the way, it has to bread, not cake. Cake is not the same.

I improvised at the supermarket and returned with baking powder and baking soda to make sure I had all my bases covered. That of course was perfectly alright (and it did turn out to be baking soda) until I realised that I didn’t want to drive the 20 minutes back to my parents place to get the recipe, nor was anyone likely to be home to share it should I bother to call them up OR, I’m lazy. No problem. Google is a brilliant tool. So Isobelle and I perused a few quickly and settled on something that looked pretty standard.

We figured out the tiny little convection oven for the first time and after a short 10 minutes it smelt glorious.

The ripper of the recipe failed to include sugar and the brilliant cook I am didn’t even think about it.

Tonight I was seeking inspiration for dinner on a very minimalist pantry – plenty of baking powder – I came across a pasta sauce online that had three ingredients plus an optional basil pesto.

  • Spinach
  • Sour Cream
  • Can of Tomatoes

A somewhat odd assortment of things to have lying around, but all (bar the can which can keep) were there AND needed using up. Whaalah! A lot of pepper and a pinch of regret over the lack of basil, and I had dinner.

Being not the biggest fan of chunky tomatoes I declared to myself that pasta was good but not great. Geoff however seemed to think it was pretty alright and generally he has better taste than me.

Corny Conclusion: Recipes from the internet should always be used but never be trusted.


  1. said:

    Oh Bec… guess what? I was home studying all day… you would have been in luck to get a decent banana bread recipie if you’d only just rung home. Ah well! Just a sisterly patronizing tip for next time… internet recipies should only be trusted if they come from sites where people can leave reviews, such as:

    All Recipies:

    Wishing you lots of tastebud enjoyment,

    March 30, 2007
  2. said:

    I often get recipes from the BBC’s food section. Sometimes they’re not altogether right though, and sometimes they have weird names for vegetables, like ‘courgettes’.

    March 31, 2007
  3. katie said:

    hahaha that’s because they’re from the BBC! 😛 where they have different names for many things… it being a different country, different culture etc.)

    March 31, 2007

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