Does anyone out there agree with my Dad and I that Jamie Oliver should be given a knighthood by the Queen?
What he has done for cooking not only throughout Britain, but the world is so noteworthy in my opinion. He is an energetic, likeable, family man who is so passionate about educating people about eating good, healthy and fresh food and teaching kids the importance of treating junk food as a “treat”.
So, yep. You may of guessed that I am quite a fan. My husband, Corks loves my obsession with cookbook collecting… makes it easy when it comes to birthday and Chrissie pressies. I love reading through cookbooks as a way to switch off at the end of a busy day, however do you ever find it daunting? There are so many great recipes and ingredients out there.
So friends are coming over for dinner… and the hardest thing in the world is deciding what to cook!? Am I wrong? Well.. in this post, I have gone through some of Jamie’s popular cookbooks that could be sitting in your bookshelf at home and taken out what I think are some of his best recipes. Maybe it will help you in your decision making process. (Or you can just enjoy the pictures below).
A great cookbook to give you inspiration on new ingredients to throw in your grocery trolley each week. You must try the carrot and pomegranate salad. So tasty, easy and looks pretty special too. Next barbie at a friends place? Turn up with this salad.
Probably one of my favourite’s is Jamie’s 30 minute meals. I know there are people out there that give him stick for this book, saying that the meals can’t possibly be cooked in 30 minutes from start to finish. Look, there are some great recipes in this book and I love how he sets up the dishes as a whole meal, entree, main and dessert included. Instant dinner parties and put the timer away. Just enjoy the cooking process and stop your whining!
You can’t go past Jamie’s chicken pie with peas and carrots. Such a lovely and complete meal when friends come over.
I make the pie all the time, (pictured below) and the peas go beautifully with a piece of grilled fish or chicken as well. (NB: blog post on my mother in laws Victoria sponge to come. Yum yum).
And the pièce de résistance – Jamie’s Comfort Food cookbook for special occasion cooking!
You simply MUST give the shepherds pie a try. You roast a whole leg of lamb and I made it a couple of years ago when my brother and sister in law come to visit us in Wagga. Pete admits that he couldn’t believe that you would put a lamb roast in a pie as it is so good just by itself. Gosh is it worth it though! I only wish I had a photo of mine. (We gobbled it up while sitting in front of the fire, downing copious amounts of red). Will have to give it another go. It is SO worth the effort.
So there you have it. 3 recipes you simply must try! And if you don’t have the cookbooks at home – email me and I’ll send you the recipes and pictures. (I’m sure Jamie wouldn’t mind).
Love you Jamie. Keep up the good work.