In the computer biz, people will frequently describe software as being usable, or being user friendly. That is like presenting me with a dish and telling me that the food is edible. I am glad that the food is edible, but I expect so much more from food. I expect it to look good, smell appetizing, tickle my taste buds and I prefer to share it with good company. Good conversation and a few laughs make food so much more delicious. Food can be something that you dump into your stomach, at its best can be sensual experience and most of the time is something in between.
Cooking is one of my passions. Recently I impressed my friend with some spinach pies. She seemed amazed by the fact that I made them from scratch. “Oh it is easy” I kept telling her. She look at me in disbelief. “No really! It is super easy; you start by making dough, the way you make for pita bread”. I started, trying to convince her of the undemanding nature of spinach pies. My friend looked horrified, “You make your own pita bread?” she asked me in disbelief. “Oh that is so easy” I replied. “You mix 6 cups of flour with salt, in a separate pot you warm up 3 cups of milk, you want the milk warm, but not hot …..” I noticed her eyes glaze over. I was going above my friend’s culinary skills. The thought of making dough scared her off. Later on that day I remembered something, something I had forgotten. 18 years ago, I didn’t know how to boil an egg. Making a simple pot of rice seemed like an ordeal. Nine times out of ten, when I baked a cake, the cake got dumped in the garbage instead of anybodies stomach. What takes me half an hour to make without even putting my mind into it, used to take me 4 hours of focused attention years ago. Yeah! Cooking is easy …. because I have been experimenting with it for 18 years. It is a snap today, but it seemed like a bewildering mystery many years ago. I suddenly felt very humbled by this thought.
You know what else I have been doing for a long long time? Even longer than cooking. Programming. My initial passion. I am first and foremost a computer geek. It is time that we set the bar higher. No more just edible software. For a while now, I have been working on something, here is the baby version of it. I am hoping it will grow into a healthy young adult one day.