If you haven’t heard of ChatGPT yet, you will do soon. Microsoft are in talks to invest $10 billion into the owners of the artificial intelligence computer program that you can ask ANYTHING to and get a response. It can be used for tasks like writing a recipe, composing a message or answering a question. So of course we asked it to write a recipe for us!
Specifically, we asked ChatGPT to write us a lamb recipe. It responded with this lamb and rosemary stew. Aside from being blown away by the speed at which it gave us ingredients, instructions and a description, we actually thought the recipe looked pretty good. So we gave it a go! We changed only two measurements on the ingredients list, just to make this easier to follow. Apart from that, the full AI-generated recipe is below as well as the video of us making it.
We’ve also given our verdict below, with a few human tips we think the artificial intelligence could do with! If you want to try ChatGPT for yourself, you can find it here.
The verdict: are computers better homecooks than humans?
The dish actually tasted really good. It was hard to have many complaints. However, there were a few things that we’ve learnt along the way that we would have done differently. If you want to make this recipe, we recommend you do them too. Here they are:
- Rosemary: we would have used fresh rosemary. Hard fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, work well in the slow cooker. With fresh rosemary you could chop it up super small and it would be more flavourful and less gritty than dried rosemary.
- Onions: Given that the pan was already out for browning the lamb, it would have made sense to also sauté the onions. Slow cooking onions without sautéing them can make them taste bitter.
- Wine: In a similar theme to the point above, given that the pan is already out, it makes sense to reduce the wine. Without cooking the wine first on a high heat it can leave quite a strong tannic aftertaste behind. It wasn’t an issue in this recipe as the amount of wine was so small. However, opening a bottle just to use 80ml is also quite annoying! You’re better off using a full mini bottle of wine, reducing it right down and leaving just the rich wine flavours without any bitterness. You could start with the onions, add in the garlic and stir through tomato puree, before adding in the wine and reducing. Then add that mix to the slow cooker.
Lamb and Rosemary Stew: a ChatGPT generated recipe
- 1 Slow Cooker
- 1 Frying Pan
- 300 g boneless lamb shoulder cut into 2.5cm cubes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 500 ml beef broth
- 80 ml red wine
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tsp dried rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 150 g diced carrots
- 150 g diced potatoes
- 75 g frozen peas
- In a large bowl, season the lamb cubes with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the lamb cubes to the pan and brown on all sides.
- In a slow cooker, combine the browned lamb cubes, onions, garlic, beef broth, red wine, tomato puree, rosemary, bay leaves, salt, and pepper.
- Add the diced carrots, potatoes and frozen peas. Stir everything together, cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours, until the lamb is tender and vegetables are cooked through.
- Before serving, remove the bay leaves and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
Nutrition calculations only account for the ingredients stated in the slow cooker recipe. Serving suggestions such as rice and potatoes are not included. Remember to account for the nutritional values of anything you choose to accompany the recipe with.
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