I visited the V&A museum last week to see You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 (It’s good and you should go if you’re in London and looking for inspiration to overthrow the patriarchy/the establishment/institutional racism/all of the above). One section of the exhibit features an advertisement for the Honeywell Kitchen Computer of 1969; a device for storing recipes and balancing the family chequebook. The size of a small piano and priced at $10,000, it required a two week training course to use. Unsurprisingly, none were ever sold. I’m sure the inventors would be pleased to know that 50 years later billions of people now own devices that fit in a pocket and provide almost instant access to millions of recipes.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll frequently come across a recipe online, think to yourself ‘I must try that’, then carry on and forget all about it. Today I’m going to share a couple of sites that make it easy to keep track of all your favourite online recipes.
You may have noticed little ‘Yum’ buttons around this blog and wondered what they were for. When you click them, they link to the Yummly website where you’re able to save and categorise the recipe into your own online recipe book. Not all blogs have the Yummly button installed, but you can install a browser extension that allows you to ‘Yum’ buttonless recipes (instructions here).
My favourite things about Yummly are that it does US/Metric conversions (I do most of my recipes in metric weights, so this is great if you don’t have scales and want to know cups etc.), and it automatically adjusts the quantities for you if you want to scale the recipe up or down. There’s an iOS and Android app, so you can sync your account over your computer and smartphone and access your saved recipes on the go.
It took me a long time to warm to Pinterest. Originally I wrote it off as a website that existed just to make people feel bad about their weddings. While I do still think it’s best to avoid for wedding planning, I will admit to its usefulness for finding and bookmarking recipes. Most food blogs will have a ‘Pin’ button that lets you easily save a recipe to your Pinterest account, and like Yummly, you also have the option to download browser extensions that allow you to ‘Pin’ pretty much anything you come across online (instructions here).
The one downside of viewing recipes on your phone or tablet, is that they tend to get covered in food while you’re cooking. I highly recommend using some kind of stand or holder to keep your device out of harm’s way. I use this Eva Solo Smartmat that doubles as a heat resistant mat and smartphone/tablet stand.
If all the Yumming and Pinning leads to you making any of my recipes, I would love to see your creations. Tag Cheesecake for Breakfast in your photos on Facebook or Instagram so I can give them lots of likes.