Archive for August 22nd, 2006

Diet Recipe: Diet Man’s Meatballs

The original meatball recipe mandates for bread crumbs, but this is a bad idea if your target is a very low calorie diet. Instead, we will be using some veggies to add to the meatball’s quantity and to achieve 200 calories for this dish.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 50 gr fat-free veal ground meat (50 cals)
* 120 gr diced tomatoes in a can (25 cals)
* 30 grams of Ronzoni pasta (100 cals)
* 50 gr mushrooms (10 cals)
* 50 gr zuchini (10 cals)
* 2 sprays of 0 calorie non-stick spray (0 calories)
* 1 onion
* 1 clove of garlic
* a bit of parsley
* salt & pepper

1. Finally chop the onion, garlic, parsley, zuchini and mushrooms. Their pieces must be very small (alternatively, you can blend them).
2. In a big salad bowl place the veal ground meat and sprinkle salt & pepper on it.
3. Add the ingredients from step 1 and start work it with your hands until the mixture seems to be as one. Create small balls.
4. Cook the pasta according to its package directions.
5. In another pan, spray twice with the non-stick spray and stir-fry your meatballs until slightly brown. Then, add the tomato sauce and a cup of water.
6. Stir a few times, cook until the meatballs are cooked through and the tomato sauce is thickened. Serve hot along side the pasta.

Diet Recipe: Fasolakia

This fresh string-beans dish (in Greek: fasolakia, hear it) only has 100 calories, but if you prefer it with a bit more substance you can add 90 gr of either fat-free chicken breast or beef sirloin (in small pieces) to cook together with the following ingredients. If you add the suggested meat, expect 200 calories out of the dish.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 100 gr fresh long beans (20 calories)
* 55 gr of a peeled potato (50 cals)
* 1 medium-size tomato (25 cals)
* 1 onion (5 cals)
* salt and pepper to taste

1. With a kitchen knife cut and throw away the two edges of each bean (its “tails”). Wash the beans and potato.
2. Cut the potato in small cubes. Finally-chop the onion and tomato (or use a cheese grater for the tomato).
3. In a pan under medium heat add all ingredients and 2-3 cups of water. Stir a few times.
4. Cover the pan and let it simmer until the veggies have cooked through and the tomato sauce is thickened. Serve hot.

My lunch today.

Diet Recipe: Spanakorizo

You feel hungry but you don’t want to go over your calorie target for the day? Here’s a quick snack/meal that it’s really easy and fast to cook, it has enough quantity to stop your hunger and it’s only 70 calories. From the original Spanakoryzo (spinach and rice) Greek recipe the only thing that’s missing is the olive oil.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 15 gr basmati rice (50 cals)
* 80 gr spinach leafs (20 cals)
* 1/4 of a lemon

1. Medium-heat 1 cup of water in a pan and add the rice in it.
2. Wash the spinach and add it in the pan too. Squeeze the lemon on top.
3. Cook until most of the juice has evaporated and the rice has cooked through. Serve hot or cold.

My snack this afternoon…

OpenSuSE’s new KDE menu

OpenSuSE will come out with a new KDE menu, to replace the old (terrible) default KDE menu system. What I don’t understand though is why create this new KDE menu altogether when Novell has already spent money in usability studies and have come up with this instead. I mean, think about it. This is pretty much the same functionality, but in different layout.

So why recreate the same things with different layouts? Are the KDE users so much different than the Gnome ones that expect a different or more complex experience? Or is it simply a case where KDE SuSE engineers don’t communicate with the Gnome (see: Ximian) SuSE engineers and they don’t do their usability studies together or collaborate?

You see, it’s very difficult for me to think that both implentations can be right (or wrong). They can’t both be right for the majority of THEIR users (that’s where a marketing study should take place too). There is always a default implementation that it’s best for most of their users (not for all of course, but you can always get an idea of what your users expect). So why the same company offers two solutions for the exact same problem?

It would have been much cheaper and logical to continue the study of “the best menu system we can come up with”, and then implement the SAME menu system for both KDE and Gnome. No, this is not a case of “having a choice” or that “kde is not gnome”. This is a case of engineering resources going to waste. The current situation is puzzling to me from the financial, usability and communication point of view inside Novell.