I was turned on to twecipes by @chefmarksmith on Twitter. Twecipes are recipes given in 140 characters or less. That’s it -- an entire recipe in the length of a sentence or two. Challenging, but fun.

Here’s a sampling of twecipes I found on Twitter.

  • Melitzanosalata: Greece. Broil med eggplant black; peel. Beat w dash salt/clv garlic; slowly+4T olvoil/3T wine vinegar. Chill2h. Srv w pita. @cookbook
  • Fruit Salad - Toss 1pt raspberries + blueberries 1/2lb pitted bing cherries 2 oranges sectioned 2T grappa refreshing for a hot day! @marthastewart (Yes, THE Martha Stewart embracing the twecipe)
  • Dice potatoes+and fry lightly w'sage.When crisped add more sage+h'made tomato sauce (prev twecipe).W' chorizo picante+steamed green beans. @CookingforBoys
  • saute 2/3 onions in butter, add garlic, add large aub (or2),add 400g chopped toms, veg stock, 400g kidney beans simmer 40min @betsybeth
Would you be able to decipher and create these recipes? If not, thanks to The Lunch Box Bunch, I was able to find some of the abbreviations that people have started using in twecipes.
Cup = C (example 2 1/2 cups would be 2.5C in twecipe lingo)

Dash of salt and pepper = dshS&P

Vegan = vgn

Extra virgin olive oil = evOO or xvOO

Banana = bana

Grate = gr8

Bake at 350 degrees = Bke350

Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour = N fridg 4 +/-1hr


There are more lingo tips on The Lunch Box Bunch site.

Why cook by twecipe when you can get an entire, detailed recipe from a food site or a cookbook? For the fun of it.

Do you have any experience with twecipes? Have you cooked by one? Do you know of a Twitter user who tweets twecipes? Let us know in the comments, please.  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.