I love to cook. I keep thinking that Cooking is one of those things that I could do in my sleep. Whipping up a quick meal, or even setting up a three course meal from scratch has never been a problem.
I love to experiment as well. I usually try put different recipes compiled together and as a result I create new dishes. However I am not such a good chef, in the sense that I do not get to write down my recipes or even share them, let alone give those names. I see it however as an opportunity to experiment. My kitchen once in a while turns into a workshop of sorts.
And that quite explains why maybe I never get to follow recipes that have been written down. Even when baking, I have the basic stuff in mind but I end up using my estimations.
Curiosity led me to a book; Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, Good Food. The book was written by Jeff Potter. I am no real geek I must say; because I do not speak the language of CODE, but I was pretty impressed that someone took time to write this. It is a lot of fun I must say and lets you make your own recipes and also work around and with what you are comfortable with, in terms of temperature and estimations.
So there are mobile apps that you can use, to help you cook. I was most impressed by iGrill. This is an app that works with mainly the Apple devices. The can be downloaded from iTunes free of charge. Someone is able to connect to their Apple iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth technology. This allows one to monitor food cooking from up to 200 feet away. It has a stand-alone thermometer as well. When the food is ready, one gets an alert sent to their Apple device when the food is ready. Technology just got tastier is their tagline. Quite mesmerizing I must say. In built are a kitchen timer and some standard recipes.
Ratio and Smart Chef suite are some other cooking apps that you could work with. This is definitely geeky cooking.
Android devices too have a few apps for cooking. I fell in love with Mobile Rush Hour-Recipes. I love a quick fix, once in a while and considering that today our world is getting more and more fast paced, I thought it was pretty cool. The app enables you to have the mobile phone decide what you want to have for dinner or brunch. It just gives you a random recipe.
Digital Recipe Side Kick and DinnerSpinner are great android apps that are also worth looking into.
Another interesting Resource for geeks that love cooking is the website called Cooking for Engineers. The site was founded by a one Michael Chu who has worked as a network engineer, software programmer, PDA hardware designer, computer vision researcher, and, most recently, notebook hardware application engineer. His main idea behind the website was, “To cook for the purposes of providing engineers with food” or “To instruct engineers in the science and art of cooking”. Interesting perception but also a great resource.
According to Harry Mylonadis: “Cooking is an art and geeks are culinary artists in their own experimental, scientific, epicurean way. As with everything else it’s all about learning, experimenting and hacking things better.” And I could not say it any better.Hits:2995