Cookbook or Tablet?

I like to keep my finger on the pulse(or at least somewhere in the general vicinity) of new trends. So, with that in mind, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Teengirl’s modus operandi in the kitchen.

Food is her passion and cooking her therapy. Yet, despite my bank of fifty seven cookbooks, she’ll head straight for her tablet to check out a recipe. A quick google-sometimes with available ingredients, other times with an approximate recipe title-and she’ll work from there.

Could it be that kitchen table cookbook props are holding tablets instead?

And yet, walk into your local Waterstones or Eason’s and whole bookshelves are devoted to the cooking genre.

But even Teengirl will peruse the cookbooks from time to time. And, in that perusal this evening, she came across, what she called ” a really old” cookbook. Actually, it’s only twenty years old and it’s still in print. It’s Delia Smith’s Summer Collection.

With pounds, sorry, kilograms of gooseberries harvested and a twit of a mother available to top and tail same, Teengirl picked out Delia’s “Very Easy One Crust Pie” and set to.

Here’s the end result. One Crust Pie

It’s called Very Easy One Crust Pie. And it really is just that-super fast and super easy to make.  Just remember to pick up semolina and lard on your next grocery shop. Otherwise, the usual suspects-sugar, butter, plain flour and egg are all that are needed here. And you can use rhubarb, or any kind of fruit that you like if you don’t have gooseberries.

Oh, and my tip for tailing those gooseberries? Just turn on the TV and watch Wimbledon. Especially if it’s anything to do with the Williams’ sisters. (What on earth was the matter with Serena?) Or, even better still, Federer. Swoon. You’ll be totally entranced throughout the whole top ‘n tailing experience.

Or reflect on what is going on with the whole cookbook/tablet thing.

I am hoping there will be room for both in the homes of the future. But, as Teen Girl frequently reminds me, I am ancient.  She says books will be obsolete and tablets are the way to go. So who’s right?





17 thoughts on “Cookbook or Tablet?

  1. Serena’s making excuses, I suggest controversially. Usually glued to the telly this fortnight – this year not so much. Would rather be making gooseberry pie, and that’s saying something for a cook-o-phobe.

  2. i like using my tablet or laptop, but not in the kitchen (as i’m afraid my grubby fingers will seriously hurt either device). sometimes, though, when i know the basics of a recipe, i’ll use the tablet to just double-check the amounts for each ingredient. I rely a LOT on Mark Bittman of the NYTimes for really really simple yet tasty recipes.

    • The recipes are the top posts on my blog. Even though it’s not actually a food blog. I just think there’s a huge amount of passing traffic hunting for recipes. And a huge interest in food online in general.

  3. Thank you for telling us about Teengirl, O Ancient One! I pop unwashed gooseberries into the freezer overnight. Put them into a big saucepan with the lid on and shake vigorously. Most stalks will fall off. Then rinse under the cold tap – there may be a few stubborn tails (usually) left. Gooseberries freeze beautifully and keep their shape when thawed. Hope you enjoyed your gorgeous pie!

    • Ooohhh, wish I’d read this before I stripped tons of gooseberries from my bushes and topped and tailed the lot of them the painful way. Have frozen a pile of them though and jammed the rest. Oh, they’re divine!

  4. Oh that tart looks lovely! I’ve never had anything but jam from gooseberries, are tarts nice? (I love Delia Smith too, I have her Complete Cookery Course, it’s an old reliable).
    I didn’t click the poll because I get recipes equally from online and from recipe books.

    • And I thought France would be THE place for tarts! This pie is both easy and delicious. I suspect it led to the expression `easy as pie`. 🙂

      • Oh we make lots of tarts over here but it’s hard to grow gooseberries in this part of france (when I say I only ate gooseberry jam, I’m talking about my childhood in Sligo where we had two bushes!)

  5. I have also clicked ‘online’ but i do find myself sitting on the couch paging through my ‘old’ recipe books mostly because its usually the pics that catch my attention. But more often than not i will google something that is currently taking my fancy for a new twist…

  6. I’ve voted ‘online’ for new recipes…. but I still consult my cookbooks first and if there’s nothing suitable in the books, I search online. Interesting question 🙂

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