Twitter Cookbook


Full version of my Belfast Telegraph column

Think you can’t say much in 140 characters?  How about a full recipe for Yam and leek Soup?


  • Yam Leek Soup: saute leek&onion/T buttr/t mixspice. Simmr20m+4c stock/3c yam/tater/bay. Rmv bay; blend+½c yogurt/s+p. Top w tst pumpkinseed.


@Cookbook on Twitter provides a stream of more than 300 recipes with new ones being added almost every day. 

·         Garden Chicken Soup: brwn onion/½lb/225g chopchickn/3T oil; +t s+p/2T wine&herbs/bay/2c pep&carrot&tom/c orzo/4c h2o. Simmer15m. Top w parm.

The author is Maureen Evans (@Maureen) one of the first members of the Twitter community. From Canada then San Francisco she now lives in Co. Antrim.   I’m obsessed with the possibilities and constraints of language — including new forums of conversation, such as Twitter. I’m also interested in making things: creativity, ingenuity, and learning to do things for oneself. I believe that people are more capable than we often think, including in our kitchens!”

A graduate student in Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Maureen is working on a collection of poetry.  That interest is reflected in her haiku stream on Twitter, @maureen. “Food is another passion of mine; I’m constantly cooking, and that interest is recorded on @cookbook — which is in effect a diary of my kitchen.”

  • Humus: Mid East. Soak c chickpea 8h. Replace h2o; simmer3h. Drain. Puree/season to taste+⅓c tahini&lem&olvoil/½t garlic&salt/cayenne. Chill.

I really enjoy the food in Northern Ireland, where the vegetables come to my countertop still covered in earth! The locality and quality of Northern Irish food is nearly unmatched in the modern food, and I would urge fellow residents to celebrate that in their own kitchens.”

  • Biftek à la Parrilla: Argentina. Cvr4steak/½c olvoil~h. Rmv; +2T coarsesalt. Sear1st side@high; +3m@med for med-rare(5m welldone). Turn/rep

The initial idea of @cookbook was to share Maureen’s love of food with a few friends.  “I felt Twitter was a way I could remind people of life’s little pleasures, and make them curious about cooking again. Solving a tiny recipe is like solving a riddle — it makes you concentrate, and remember the cooking experience that you figured out.”

You can follow Maureen’s recipes on and her haiku on

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