Sick of your phone getting covered in flour while perfecting your Victoria sponge? Tired of your magazine pages sticking together with peanut butter? Let us introduce you to the all-new BBC Good Food Alexa skill…
What is Alexa?
Alexa is the cloud-based voice service from Amazon. It's the brain behind Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question—just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly.
How does Alexa work with BBC Good Food?
After enabling the BBC Good Food Amazon skill on your Alexa device, you'll be able to enjoy an intuitive, hands-free cooking experience.
The skill offers a range of categories to search by, including ingredients (‘chicken’), dishes (‘chilli con carne’), diet types (‘gluten-free’), time (’quick’), difficulty (‘easy’), cuisine (‘Indian’), course (‘breakfast’) and chef (‘Tom Kerridge’).
If you’re stuck for inspiration, just say: ‘Alexa, ask BBC Good Food what I should have for dinner.’ Even more excitingly, if paused or interrupted during the method skills, the skill will remember where you were when you return to the recipe.
So, how do I get started?
Firstly, you need a compatible Alexa device – if you don’t own one then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to use our skill. You also currently need to live in the UK for our skill to work. When you’re ready, you'll need to enable the skill on your device. Then you’re good to go! We’ll keep you updated on any improvements and updates as they come along. Once you’ve enabled the skill on your Alexa device, why not try saying:
“Alexa, ask BBC Good Food for an easy burger recipe.” Or, “Alexa, ask BBC Good Food for a healthy lunch recipe.”
Please note that we’re also currently looking at other voice-enabled opportunities, so if you don’t have an Alexa device then don’t despair – and watch this space…