Cooking with a Convertible, the Perfect Sous-Chef

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Follow the exploits of  student and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s user Valerie Sarnataro in her blog, Balancing Act, as she balances her work, school and social life with this  new and innovative  tablet and  notebook  convertible.   She’ll be blogging regularly and taking you along as part of this special feature sponsored by Lenovo.


It seems like I can find any excuse not to cook myself a proper meal. Sometimes I make up reasons because of the weather or time of day, while other times I fall victim to the ease — and deliciousness — of peanut butter and jelly. But once my Ellios stash runs out and the Greek takeout place around the corner knows my order simply by hearing my voice, it’s time to cook a real meal.


As I said in my earlier post, I really enjoy cooking, despite my lack of motivation at times. When my staple meal of chicken cutlets and rice no longer satisfies my cravings, I usually venture to the Food Network website for inspiration. Occasionally — mostly when I am feeling overly-confident in my abilities — I will scroll through Pinterest for some ideas.

Either way, pictures are important to me. I like to visualize what a dish will look like so I can decide whether it’s something I am interested in eating. I also like to have a comparative photo available to deem just how much of a fail my attempt at it was.

I normally use my tablet when looking at recipes, as I like to mindlessly swipe between images while laying on the couch or sitting in bed. Yet, this time I opted for my new IdeaPad Yoga. I started off in tablet mode, tapping the pictures that looked good, zooming in and out to get all the details.

Once I narrowed down my decisions, and wiped the drool from my mouth, I switched to the laptop position and began typing my shopping list. This was easier than usual as I wasn’t limited to the virtual keyboard on my 8-inch tablet, which takes me twice as long to type on than a physical keyboard. And as quickly as I typed up the necessary ingredients, I saved the document on Evernote and was off to the store.\"Spoons\"

Then it was time for the real test, which would fare better: the Yoga or my attempt at chicken piccata. Fortunately, both turned out well! My editors and the folks at Lenovo can breath easy knowing my channeling of Martha Stewart didn’t destroy any hardware, while my mom can be proud knowing I successfully made a meal other than buttered noodles.

Of course, I spilled some lemon juice and lost a few capers, but all was well as the Yoga stood strong in tent mode. With the keyboard elevated and protected, I didn\’t have to worry that some rogue flour would get stuck in the keys or that the lemon would make the buttons sticky. I was even able to use my elbows to awaken the screen when my fingers were dirty.

The Yoga turned out to be a better sous-chef than I could had hoped for, as it also took on the role of DJ, playing music for me as I worked. My music was loud and never muffled, despite the orientation of the unit, thanks to the speakers on both sides of the base of the keyboard.

Overall, my cooking adventure with the Yoga was a success. Perhaps next time I will be ready to take on a recipe from Pinterest!


Be sure to follow Valerie as she uses the  Lenovo Yoga 11s at home, at school and at work.  There are some great things in store as her journey continues, so keep up with her exploits here and within her social communities.   Also,  check out our links to Lenovo news and reviews, as well as to Lenovo social communities. 


Read Valerie\’s Previous Blog

A Top Down Approach to Life with a Convertible Attitude