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Entry from April 02, 2009

There are at least two meanings for “micro-recipe.” A “micro-recipe” can be a recipe to be cooked in a microwave oven. This use of “micro-recipe” dates to at least 1994, although the term is seldom used. (Most recipes are not intended for a microwave oven, which is used most often to heat precooked foods.)

Since March 2009, a “micro-recipe” has meant a recipe of no longer than 140 characters in length on the Twitter micro-blogging service. Another term for a “micro-recipe” on Twitter is “twecipe.”

Wikipedia: Microwave oven
A microwave oven, or a microwave, is a kitchen appliance that cooks or heats food by dielectric heating. This is accomplished by using microwave radiation to heat water and other polarized molecules within the food. This excitation is fairly uniform, leading to food being adequately heated throughout (except in thick objects), a feature not seen in any other heating technique.

Microwave ovens heat food quickly, efficiently, and safely, but do not brown or bake food in the way conventional ovens do. This makes them unsuitable for cooking certain foods, or to achieve certain effects.

Wikipedia: Twitter
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can send and receive updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS (receive only), or through applications such as Tweetie, Twitterrific, Twitterfon, TweetDeck and Feedalizr. The service is free to use over the web, but using SMS may incur phone services provider fees.

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking
From: (Doreen Randal)
Date: 28 Mar 94 14:42:39 PST
Local: Mon, Mar 28 1994 5:42 pm
Subject: Easy Microwave Recipes

Here are two easy and tasty micro recipes

18 August 1996, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Summer Specials From the Microwave,” pg. G14:
Or try this micro recipe for squash. It’s adapted from “The Well-Filled Microwave Cookbook,” by Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman.

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking
From: C&T
Date: 1996/12/13
Subject: Re: raw peanuts & peanut brittle

Is your recipe a microwave recipe?  If not and you would like a micro recipe just let me know.

The Observer (London)
Stuck for a recipe? Just use Twitter and find a top chef
Twitter users have started to post entire recipes online in no more than 140 characters - but some instructions are confusing. We challenged leading chefs to boil down their own recipes

Ruth Jamieson and Morwenna Ferrier
The Observer, Sunday 29 March 2009
There is a growing trend for people, including some leading chefs, to create micro-recipes - a single paragraph that tells users how to make an entire starter, main course or dessert - then transmit them via Twitter.
Another Twitter phenomenon that is on the rise is Twecipe - a service to which you tweet your ingredients and receive a recipe in return.

Twitter And The Rise Of The Micro-Recipe
March 30th, 2009
When I started Cookthink’s Twitter account a couple of years ago, one of the first people I followed was Maureen Evans, who uses her twitter.com/cookbook account to tweet recipes in 140 characters or less. (I made a request for cemita milanese, and she delivered.)

According to Ruth Jamieson and Morwenna Ferrier in yesterday’s Guardian, the micro-recipe is now officially a trend. To mark it, Jamieson and Ferrier asked eight of the UK’s top chefs to create micro-recipes suitable for Twitter. The results are sensible, maybe too much so. My favorite, if only for the Joycean “turnevrysooften,” is Mark Hix’s micro-recipe for pork crackling: “Heat oven200C. Cut 1kgporkrind into strips. Boil 15m. Drain, scatter w/csalt, roast1hr, turnevrysooften.”

Posted by Barry Popik
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