I have been playing with AI art for a while.e I cannot draw a matchstick man and so love the idea of writing some text and the software doing it for me. The featured image is one that was done from a photo of me which I think is pretty good. There were some duff ones. But maybe that is just my vanity. Maybe they are more realistic than I care to admit.

I have been trying out chat GPT by open A.I.  and have been blown away with the results. It puts Siri and Alexa to shame. It is like comparing the old Nokia brick with today’s smartphone.

Either Amazon and Apple have been asleep these last few years, or maybe they have something waiting in the background to launch on the World.  

If you have ever seen a sci-fi film where the crew talk to the ship and have full-blown conversation, getting intelligent advice and recommendations, as well as up-to-date information on things going on, that the A.I. thinks the Captain should know, then you are pretty close when it comes to this latest AI engine.

While not perfect, they are pretty close, and I am sure they will improve over time it evolves and learns from the feedback that is being provided by the users.

This is only the start and it is mind-blowing to think what this will be capable of over the next 2 or 3 years.

While it can easily put together an article on the industrial revolution or the use of modern fertilisers in farming today and any other topic you care to mention, it is capable of so much more even now.

You also have to bear in mind that we only have access to their baby, we have not yet got to see what the mother can do.   

I had a conversation with ChatGPT and asked it where it thought it would be and I will share that conversation in another article.

Voice recognition has also improved a lot in the last year or so and synthesised voices are getting more and more realistic with each new version.

It is exciting but scary at the same time.

Just think about it. ChatGPT can already write complex code for software programs, completing in a few minutes what a team of coders would take weeks or months to do.

The code is much cleaner as it can calculate thousands or even millions of permutations as it develops the code, checking at each stage that bugs are not included.

Humans are linear in their approach and, being human can often miss things or miss something like a comma or bad reference in the code which causes the app to crash which can then take an age to find.

With A.I writing the code, if another module is needed or edits are needed in a piece of software, it invariably develops a bug as it interacts with the existing code. This is not the case with AI.  

I know this because I used to develop databases in a language called Dbase back in the day when computers were first going mainstream and businesses were keen to computerise everything and going mad on databases and automation.

We also have a team of developers who work on a number of apps and software projects, and we have these issues every day. Working out the best way to approach a task or process that we want an app to carry out. IT can be tough and very time-consuming.

We recently tested Chatgpt out on writing a few pieces of code for us, and it all worked like a dream and was written in less than 30 seconds!

With A.I writing the code, if another module is needed or edit is made in a piece of software, it invariably develops a bug as it interacts with the existing code. This is not the case with AI.  

Doctors train for years to be able to understand the human body, learn to be able to detect and diagnose various illnesses and ailments and then be able to prescribe an effective treatment.

They base their diagnosis on this learnt knowledge, experience and sometimes by referring patents to a specialist or consultant. If you went to 2 different Doctors you could possibly get two different opinions about what the actual illness is and the recommended treatment.  

There are whole teams of professional medical staff and consultants who sit in a room and go over more serious cases for patients with cancer or heart conditions. They all try to agree on the best and most suitable course of treatment for that particular patient, based on the patient’s medical history, age and current state of health.

My parents are both elderly and on various different drugs for mostly age-related issues. They have often had problems with the side effects of a newly prescribed drug,  due to the fact that the doctor was not aware of the possible side effects when taken with another cocktail of drugs.

A.I. is not only better able to make a diagnosis but can also take into account side effects when combined with multiple other medications.

This is because the A.I. is able to come to an opinion based on a series of questions by combining the knowledge of thousands of other cases and the opinions of thousands of other doctors.

I don’t believe that they will ever replace Doctors, but AI will be a tool that is predominately used to  prescribe treatment and medication for patients.

Millions of people have been testing this out but mostly to write content for a post or article, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of its capabilities.

I have used ChatGPT to write a complicated formula for me in a spreadsheet which it did in seconds, write the introduction, about us and product pages for a new website and a series of emails that welcome new users of one of our latest apps and then goes on to offer tips every week. They all had to be edited and polished, but it did the grunt work, and we were very pleased with the results.

It has also written ads for Facebook which have performed very wel, andd we have since used it to generate more ad headlines and text for upcoming ads. Stay posted for the results.

The following is a conversation I had with ChatGPT to write a menu and provide the recipes and ingredients. This is exactly how it responded. The only thing I have done is to edit the spelling to UK English. Everything else is as is

What do you think?

I have 2 friends coming for dinner. one is a vegan and one has a nut allergy. please can you come up with a 3-course menu for 4 including a nice wine?

Sure, here is a suggested 3-course menu for 4 people that should accommodate both a vegan and a nut allergy:

First course:

  • Roasted vegetable soup (vegan and nut-free)
  • Served with a mixed greens salad dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette (vegan and nut-free)

Main course:

  • Grilled portobello mushrooms (vegan and nut-free)
  • Served with a quinoa and vegetable pilaf (vegan and nut-free)
  • Grilled asparagus (vegan and nut-free)


  • Fresh berries and sorbet (vegan and nut-free)
  • Served with a drizzle of honey (vegan)

Wine Pairing:

  • Sauvignon Blanc from California.

Please write out the recipes for this menu

Sure, here are the recipes for the suggested 3-course menu:

First course: Roasted Vegetable Soup -Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chopped kale


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until softened.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, thyme, and basil, and sauté for a few more minutes.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and canned tomatoes, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Add the chopped kale and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth.
  9. Serve hot.

Mixed Greens Salad -Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Toss the mixed greens with the balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve as a side salad to the soup.

Main course: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms -Ingredients:

  • 4 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your grill to high heat.
  2. Clean the portobello mushrooms and remove the stems.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Brush the mixture onto the mushroom caps.
  5. Grill the mushrooms for 6-8 minutes per side or until tender.
  6. Serve hot.

Quinoa and Vegetable Pilaf


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer.
  2. In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil and add the quinoa.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 18-20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  5. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the onion, red bell pepper, zucchini, garlic, and thyme, and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until softened.
  7. Add the cooked quinoa to the pan and stir to combine.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve as a side dish

Dessert: Fresh Berries and Sorbet -Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 cup sorbet (flavour of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


  1. Rinse and pat dry the mixed berries.
  2. Scoop the sorbet into four bowls.
  3. Divide the mixed berries among the bowls of sorbet.
  4. Optional: Drizzle honey over the berries and sorbet.
  5. Serve immediately.

Please note that all the dishes are vegan and nut-free, but you should always double-check ingredients before serving to ensure they are safe for your guests with nut allergies.

As for wine pairing, Sauvignon Blanc from California is a great option. Sauvignon Blancs are known for their crisp acidity, which will complement the freshness of the salad, and the fruity and floral notes that can match with the flavours of the berries in the dessert.

Can you write a shopping list for me please?

Sure, here is a suggested shopping list for the 3-course menu:

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried basil
  • Vegetable broth
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Kale
  • Mixed greens
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Quinoa
  • Red bell pepper
  • Zucchini
  • Mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • Sorbet
  • Honey (optional)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from California (Wine)

Please note that this list is based on the assumption that you have some basic kitchen ingredients such as sugar, flour and some spices at home. Also, don’t forget to check for any specific dietary restrictions or allergies of your guests.

Please rewrite with the total quantities

Sure, here is a suggested shopping list for the 3-course menu with total quantities:

  • Olive oil (3 tablespoons)
  • Onion (1)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Carrots (2)
  • Celery (2 stalks)
  • Dried thyme (1 teaspoon)
  • Dried basil (1 teaspoon)
  • Vegetable broth (4 cups)
  • Canned diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Kale (1 cup)
  • Mixed greens (4 cups)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette (1/4 cup)
  • Portobello mushrooms (4)
  • Balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)
  • Quinoa (1 cup)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Zucchini (1 cup)
  • Mixed berries (2 cups)
  • Sorbet (1 cup)
  • Honey (1 tablespoon, optional)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from California (1 bottle for 4 people, Wine)

Please note that this list is based on the assumption that you have some basic kitchen ingredients such as sugar, flour and some spices at home.

Our friends do not like asparagus. Can you come up with something else to replace that?

Sure, here are a few options to replace asparagus as a side dish:

  1. Grilled or Roasted Vegetables: Instead of asparagus, you could grill or roast other vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, aubergine, or even cauliflower. These can be seasoned with herbs and spices like thyme, basil, and garlic before grilling or roasting.
  2. Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Cut sweet potatoes into cubes, toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast them in the oven for 20-25 minutes. They are a great side dish and a delicious alternative to asparagus.
  3. Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that goes well with any main course. You can make them even more delicious by adding minced garlic, butter, and milk to the potatoes.
  4. Green beans Almondine: Green beans are a great alternative to asparagus and they are in season all year round. You can sauté them in butter, with a little bit of garlic and lemon zest, and finish them off with toasted slivered almonds.
  5. Grilled or Roasted Brussels sprouts: Cut Brussels sprouts in half and toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other seasoning of your choice, then grill or roast them in the oven. They have a great texture and a nice char when grilled or roasted.

Please let me know if you would like more options or if you have a specific preference on the new side dish.

Number 4 sounds good.

Great, I’m glad you like the idea of Green Beans Almondine. Here’s the recipe for it:

Green Beans Almondine -Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch the green beans for 3-4 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  2. Drain the green beans and immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Drain the green beans again and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest, and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add the green beans to the skillet, and toss them to coat with the butter mixture.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the green beans are heated through.
  8. Remove from heat, and toss with toasted slivered almonds.
  9. Serve as a side dish.

This dish is vegan, nut-free (excluding the almond) and will complement the main dish nicely. Enjoy!

They would like a hot desert. What is the best hot desert that looks good, tastes great and is easy to prepare?

There are many delicious hot desserts that can be easy to prepare; here are a few options that are sure to be a hit:

  1. Skillet Brownies: This is an easy and delicious way to enjoy warm brownies topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Simply make your favourite brownie mix or recipe and transfer it to a skillet. Heat the skillet on the stovetop and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and enjoy!
  2. Chocolate Fondue: Chocolate fondue is a classic dessert that is easy to prepare and looks great when served. All you need is some chocolate, cream, and a fondue pot. Melt the chocolate and cream together, and keep it warm in the fondue pot. Then, provide a variety of fruits, cookies, and other treats for dipping.
  3. Baked Apples: Baked apples are a warm, comforting dessert that is easy to make. Core some apples and fill the centre with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Bake them in the oven until tender, and serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  4. Crêpes with Nutella and Berries: Crêpes are a delicious and versatile dessert that can be filled with a variety of sweet fillings. You can prepare the crêpes ahead of time and simply reheat them, then fill them with Nutella and fresh berries; it will look great and tastes delicious.
  5. Microwave mug cake: If you are looking for something that is very easy and quick to prepare, a microwave mug cake can be a great option. You can make it in minutes using simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and milk.

All these options are delicious and easy to prepare; let me know which one you would prefer, and I can provide you with more details and the recipe if you need.

I like number 1. can you also come up with a fancy name for it?

Sure, option 1 is “Skillet Brownies” here are a few fancy names for it:

  1. “Decadent Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream”
  2. “Warm Brownie Delight with Melted Chocolate”
  3. “Chocolatey Skillet Indulgence”
  4. “Fudgey, Gooey Skillet Brownies with a Scoop of Cream”
  5. “Sinful Skillet Brownies with a drizzle of chocolate sauce”

These names emphasise the warm and gooey texture of the brownies, as well as the decadent toppings of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. You can choose one that you like the most and that suits the occasion.

How do I make them?

Sure, here’s a recipe for “Skillet Brownies” that you can use to make delicious and warm brownies topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce:


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or any oven-safe skillet with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared skillet.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  9. Serve the skillet brownies warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

This recipe is easy to make and it can be a great option for a warm dessert. You can serve it in the skillet or transfer to a plate. And you can also add some nuts or any other ingredients that you like.

I just need a shopping list now including the quantities in lbs and oz’s

Sure, here is a suggested shopping list for the Skillet Brownies recipe, including the quantities in both pounds and ounces:

  • All-purpose flour (8 oz / 1/2 lb)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (8 oz / 1/2 lb)
  • Granulated sugar (8 oz / 1/2 lb)
  • Baking powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Vegetable oil (4 oz / 1/4 lb)
  • Eggs (2)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tsp)
  • Chocolate chips (4 oz / 1/4 lb)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce

Please make sure to double-check the ingredients before you purchase them, and adjust the quantity depending on the number of people you’ll be serving.

Also, keep in mind that this recipe is based on the assumption that you have some basic kitchen ingredients such as sugar, flour and some spices at home.

Please provide the shopping list for the whole of the menu using lbs and oz’s using UK English spelling

Please provide the shopping list for the whole of the menu using quantities lbs and oz’s using UK English spelling

Sure, here is a suggested shopping list for the entire 3-course menu, including the quantities in both pounds and ounces (UK measurements):

First course:

  • Olive oil (3 tablespoons)
  • Onion (1)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Carrots (2)
  • Celery (2 stalks)
  • Dried thyme (1 teaspoon)
  • Dried basil (1 teaspoon)
  • Vegetable broth (2 pints)
  • Canned diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Kale (4 oz / 1/4 lb)
  • Mixed greens (4 cups)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette (3 tablespoons)

Main course:

  • Portobello mushrooms (4)
  • Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Quinoa (8 oz / 1/2 lb)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Zucchini (8 oz / 1/2 lb)


  • Mixed Berries (1 pound)
  • Sorbet (1 pint)
  • Honey (1 tablespoon, optional)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from California (1 bottle for 4 people, Wine)