« Virtual Villagers | Main | A handheld for all your AV needs: LG's MFJM53 »

08. 18. 2006

Search engine for recipes

logo_recipes.gif

Have you ever found yourself staring at a sufficiently filled refrigerator and still having no clue what you can cook with what’s in it? Ingredients are available, but you just can't come up with a final plan; next time you find yourself in this situation, try visiting either Recipe Matcher or SnacksBy.

Both sites allow you to search for recipes by entering the ingredients you have available at the moment. It’s just that simple: insert pepper, cucumber and pasta in the search field and, voilà, you have several recipes to choose from … at least in theory.

I first tried my pepper, cucumber, pasta search with SnacksBy, as Recipe Matcher requires you to register with the service before you can start using it. While I wasn’t really expecting SnacksBy’s search engine to actually return a recipe including all three entered ingredients, I certainly was hoping for it to return a pasta with some kind of pepper sauce at the top of the search results list.

Alas, this is what I got as my first result on the list:

Description
pasta and sauce - surprizingly
Ingredients
pasta sauce, to taste
pasta, to taste
Directions
Cook the pasta, add the sauce for a pasta sauce delight !

Hmmmmm …..

Result number two is a Curry Rice cooked with pepper; number three is Easy Cheesy Pasta Casserole and result number four -- Mango Salsa.

Ok, so maybe SnacksBy is not always so useful for quickly finding inspiration for dinner; nonetheless, I think the site has some quite nifty features. First of all, it also allows you to search by quantity of available ingredients (for example: 1 pepper, 2 cucumbers and 200 grams of pasta). Every recipe and ingredient is tagged with what they refer to as snacksonomy (love the name), and finally, SnacksBy can help you with ingredient substitutions; for example, it will tell you what you can use as a vegan substitute for eggs.

Overall I enjoyed SnacksBy’s simple and geekish touch and I am definitely planning on going back to discover more recipes. I should mention that the pasta and sauce recipe above is not really representative of their content.

I approached Recipe Matcher at 10:30 pm after a full working day, which probably wasn’t a very good idea. I was put off by the fact that I couldn’t play around with it without registering first, and the only explanation of how the site works is a not very appealing click-through demo on the homepage. Eventually I found some left-over energy and somehow was able to come up with a username and password to register.

Unlike SnacksBy, the recipe search engine on Recipe Matcher doesn’t provide a search field where I can just type in my list of ingredients -- pepper, cucumber and pasta -- but requires me to select the desired ingredients from an endless list on the ‘My Pantry’ page. Oddly enough, pepper wasn’t listed; therefore I selected just penne and cucumber (ok, I know I am stretching it here, pasta with cucumber is not a winning combination, but … you never know). I got only one result: Shrimp Salad.

Recipe Matcher also allows you to search recipes by category (Italian, Mexican, etc.) or by title, so I try ‘apple pie’ which should be a fairly common recipe and I get no results … and by now I am too tired to try and find more recipes.

Both Recipe Matcher and SnacksBy are really good ideas, but my preference goes to the latter which, imho, is simply more usable.

Via Techcrunch

Posted by    Category: current affairs
Tags:
Email this | Comments (1)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati


Comments (1)

Scott:

RecipeMatcher is better for housewives and females - it has better recipes and is easier to navigate through.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


Back to Top

 





 
swf_ad2.gif


Best of Popgadget
10.21.2010

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004