30 April 2009

Twitter cooking: Very brief recipes

A former editor used to tell me that not everything is genealogy. She was right. Some of it is food-related! So here goes!

As we learn essential Twitter skills, here's a challenge that some of us might appreciate.

Ever tried to write a recipe in 140 characters a la Twitter?

Maureen Evans, 27, does it all the time from Northern Island at twitter.com/cookbook: “Tiny recipes condensed by @Maureen. Serves 3-4. Delicious ideas from all over the world.”

Read the New York Time's story on Maureen here.

What an interesting challenge. This one is for yummy thick chocolate in a cup - ah! to be in Barcelona enjoying this! - seems easy.

Chocolate a la Taza: Spanish. Melt 8oz/227g drkchoc/2c h2o; +2c milk/ch2o+3T cornstrch&sug. Stir@med~7m (until yogurt-thick); +.5t vanilla.

Having trouble decoding the instructions? Try this:

Melt 8oz/227 grams dark chocolate in 2 cups water.
Add 2 cups milk, 1 cup water plus 3 Tbs cornstarch and sugar.
Stir at medium heat for 7 minutes until as thick as yoghurt.
Add 1/2 tsp vanilla.
See how easy it is?

Read the related link: Take the Twitter Recipe Challenge, by Pete Wells.

First, what if we challenged readers to take a long, involved recipe — for instance, this one — and condense it as much as possible? What would the shortest intelligible version look like? If you’re on Twitter and share my passion for verbal compression, give it a whirl [SHOULDN'T THAT BE TWIRL?], and include the characters #nytrc. This stands for New York Times recipe challenge, and putting a hash mark before it lets you search Twitter to see if anyone is playing along. I can’t imagine bringing this recipe in under 140 characters, so we’re allowing “serial tweets” — as many 140-character bursts as it takes. Use the hash tag for each installment.

The link is to a six-step recipe for Stuffed Artichokes with Lemon Zest, Rosemary and Garlic. Sounds yummy, but 140 characters?

Anyone up for the challenge of writing a 140 character twitter for cholent? Or brisket?

You can add your own twitter-style recipe to the comment section for Wells' story.

Or post it here as a comment.

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