Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Very nice recipe

Here in the US we have a cute custom prevalent among grocery store products of an edible nature. Every such product features, on its packaging, a recipe in which that product can be used. This makes a lot of sense in case of foodstuffs such as canned tomatoes or sausages or mushrooms because I am sure there are a number of people who buy these things when they are still unsure of what to do with them. I am one of those people. Once I bought something called polenta and it was only when I read the recipe on the back of the polenta that I realized that I would rather be dead in a ditch than eat polenta. They even have recipes on the back of a box of biscuits where they let you know about various ways of eating biscuits without having to endure all that biscuity taste, for example, crushing them and stuffing the powder inside a thanksgiving turkey and so on and so forth.

Less sense is made, however, in other cases. For example, pepper. Do we really need a box of pepper to tell us what to do with that pepper? Or bread? I envy the person whose job it is to come up with recipes involving bread. Now that is a profession I would gladly adopt even if it were not to include any medical benefits or restroom breaks.

But then the other day I was reading the back of a packet of artificial sweetener and howdy ho, what do I see but a recipe. Okay, let me check out what I can do with this packet of sweetener, I said to myself, temporarily discarding my plan to empty it into my mug of coffee. Here is what the recipe advised me to do :


1 cup strongly brewed tea
1 cup warm milk
3 packets sweetener

Mix all three ingredients together and pour into a mug.

So there you have it, folks. That is how you make tea. Go on now, dazzle your in-laws.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Can you spot the glaring fallacy in this CNN article?

(via CNN)