Perfect Portions

(Originally published on my frugal blog on August 18 2008)

When you cook, do you ever wonder if you’re cooking too much?

Sometimes I never know how many potatoes to put in, how much rice to use or even how much fruit to prepare. I wonder the same thing when I have to prepare food for a party or social gathering.

I found this cool web utility called the Perfect Portions Planner that will calculate for you how many portions to prepare.

All you have to do is:

1) Select the food to measure

2) Enter how many people you are cooking for

3) Get your portion details

Simple! I’m going to use this the next time I have to prepare food.

Gasp! This Is Me!

I thought I was alone all this while… until I read the Nerd Handbook.

Finally, someone else understands how I feel about computers, why I love solving puzzles, why I treat work like a game, why I devour information, the way I think, why I’m uncomfortable around new people, and where my sense of humour (or lack of it) comes from!

Some excerpts:

“… a majority of the folks on the planet either have no idea how a computer works or they look at it and think it’s magic? … [Nerds] intimately know how a computer works.”

“The nerd has based his career, maybe his life, on the computer…”

“When your nerd is staring at a stranger, all he’s thinking is, I have no system for understanding this messy person in front of me?”. This is where the shy comes from…”

Please read The Nerd Handbook if you think you are a nerd, or you think you’re married to one. At the end of the post, there are some tips for spouses on how to tweak nerd behaviour.

P/S: Last night we celebrated our wedding anniversary at TGI Fridays. Baby Rachel was well behaved, just lying there in her stroller and listening to all the noises around her. We were so stressed that she was going to cry.

Anyway, just want to say that TGIF has lost something. I can’t put my finger on it. The food still comes in generous portions, the service is still good, but the taste seems to be off. I thought my Chicken Caesar Salad was too salty.

There was a birthday celebration at the next table. The servers sang real loud, in the TGIF tradition but nobody could understand what they were shouting.

I’m not really complaining, but just saying that somehow TGIF has gone down a notch.

Photo and Model: Shonna Clark