Delicious Nerdery

This is what happens when you host a BBQ with mostly Computer Science people.


Recursive Food

From Everything2:

A CS professor once explained recursion as follows

A child couldn’t sleep, so her mother told her a story about a little frog,
who couldn’t sleep, so the frog’s mother told her a story about a little bear,
who couldn’t sleep, so the bear’s mother told her a story about a little weasel…
who fell asleep.
…and the little bear fell asleep;
…and the little frog fell asleep;
…and the child fell asleep.

It goes on to explain fractals as:

A mathematical figure that is self-similar; that is, as you zoom into it, you will see the same pattern repeated over and over again.

I should point out to all my non-geeky readers that recursions and fractals are an important part of computer science culture. We used to sign up for programming competitions in high school / undergrad as Recursive Nightmare(where a guy has a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream… stack overflow, head explodes!), and I’ve seen text books where the index contains jokes like “Recursion……. see recursion”.

Obviously, such intriguing contexts have to be applied outside computer science, and what better place to try this out than the wonderful world of food? Here’s presenting the wild world of recursive food!

We first start with an extreme version of the Terducken. The Terducken is an extreme Thanksgiving dish, “consisting of a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken”. Anne Petch, of Heal Farm in Kings Nympton, UK took this a few steps further, making a mind-boggling twelve bird variant of this; “turkey on the outside, goose, chicken, pheasant, three ducks, poussin, guinea fowl, partridge, pigeon squab and quail.”

The next bite of awesomeness comes from the awesome folks at Evil Mad Scientist, who created Fractal cookies:

Our final bit of awesomeness is… The Fractal Pizza!:

The fractal pizza is made by first making a bunch of small, itty bitty sized pizzas. These are then used as the topping for a larger set of pizzas. These pizzas are then used as the topping for the final big pizza, the recursive monster pictured above.

So, what fractal food can you think up?

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orphan pea soup

With a house of five people, we often end up with “unclaimed” items that was once brought into the house, but no one wants. They often sit on the counter for a couple months, and then get tossed in a cleaning session. This time around, we had 2 orphaned cans of peas, so I decided to make pea soup out of them. Here’s my “quick and dirty” pea soup recipe:

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jam biscuit plea

Dear Britannia Biscuit people,

Can you please make the Jam biscuits you sell a little bit less impervious to liquids? I find them very hard, and no matter how much I dip them in coffee, or keep them for ages in my mouth, they refuse to melt, which would have been a superbly awesome thing for jam biscuits to do.

Thanks muchly,

PS: If you stack two jam biscuits with the jam bits facing each other, they end up fusing and making a biscuit club sandwich, which is very cool.


ten courses and dessert

Oh, I forgot to write about it, but this is what I had on Sunday night, at the SigFood mishmash:

  • Thai Pepper-garlic chicken
  • Tamarind Chicken wings
  • Far-eastern Potato croquettes
  • Crispy vegetables in chilli, garlic, and basil
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • Grilled eggplant in red chilli sauce and basil
  • Choo Chee fish
  • Hot n’ sour chicken salad
  • Drunkard’s noodles Chicken
  • Massaman curry with tofu and sweet potato + rice
  • Blueberry cheesecake

All this washed down with a glass of Juicy Julep, and a glass of my standard equal-parts-cranberry-and-coke-concoction. Some notes:

1. Bangalore LJ people are one happy bunch.
2. People from work are very cool people, if only I meet them, which is hard.
3. Ryze people are mostly too old to sit and chat with.
4. Freegeek and Solzaire are actually twins who got lost in a Kumbh Mela when they were kids.
5. Ten courses is a little more than what I can handle.
6. I deserve to be presented a monthly pass of some sort at Shiok, for the number of times I’ve eaten there.


how blogs work

Anita had written about our experience at the Satch Concert and the bad service we got at Millers46 that night. Millers46 owner Jude read that post, and then replied. Considering the fact that the post is (as of now) the #6 search result for Millers 46, this makes very good business sense.


The top 50 things every foodie should do

I’m not sure I agree with the killing and dismembering bits, to be honest.