Jamie Oliver holds a special place in my heart. I remember watching the first series of the Naked Chef, him jumping on his vespa and sliding down the spiral stairs; I can’t have been much older than 12. His was the first cookbook I owned. To this day his recipes are probably the ones I cook the most regularly. He’s my Delia.
I have nearly all of his cookbooks and it’s sort of become a ritual to buy them so his latest one Everyday Super Food wasn’t going to escape. I have to say it’s probably one of my favourite of his more recent books (bar the Ministry of Food which will get even the most useless cook making a damn decent green thai curry). There’s loads of midweek recipes (y’know the kind, where you want to get some tasty scram with minimal fuss) up to meals that take a bit more effort. Every dish has nutritional values, super handy so you don’t have to waste hours of your life inputting into MyFitnessPal.
My favourite thing about Jamie though is that you can tweak all the recipes a bit (a splash more wine here, less oil there, can’t be arsed to go to the shops so we’ll miss that ingredient out) and you’re never too far off course. Brilliant for a cook like me who’s always on the hunt for things to add.
So far we’ve made about 6 or 7 dishes, and every recipe has worked out (I hate, hate, hate when you buy cookbooks and half the recipes take 5 attempts before you get it right). Below are some of our favourites…
Delicious Squash Daal which is so easy peasy to cook, makes a huge vat so you can freeze loads and I’m telling you a fried egg on top of daal is a big game changer. I didn’t even use the curry leaves and it was delicious.
Tasty Fish Tacos are great because they show you how ridiculously easy it is to make your own wraps, like a few minutes easy. Also who’d have thought kiwi salsa would actually be a nice thing? We didn’t add the peppers because *sign of the cross* (I HATE peppers) and used sea bass fillets which I’d definitely recommend as you get a nice crispy skin. Mmmmm skin-ny.
I was a bit wary of the Healthy Cheese & Corn Pancakes. Cottage cheese makes me think of Slimming World in the 70s however I ate my words (or pancakes in this case). They were really easy to make (hangover easy) and I could have totally eaten a plate of just the bacon & banana – winning combo right there.
Chicken & Squash Cacciatore is the perfect winter recipe. It’s like the biggest, tastiest hug you’ll ever have. We cooked it for around 30 mins more than he says and added a splash of Lea & Perrins along with a good glug of balsamic when the tomatoes went in.
The Asian Crispy Beef even impressed P who HATES anything without a sauce. Literally he’ll douse a meal I’ve slaved over for hours with ketchup if it doesn’t have a sauce. He didn’t even ask for extra soy.
In short this is my ode to Jamie. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in all the other stuff and forget he writes a damn good cookbook.