Showing posts with label Jamie Oliver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jamie Oliver. Show all posts

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Buyers Guide to Olive Oil

I do love Olive Oil and use it almost daily one way or another; either for cooking, making a simple salad dressing or mixed with a little balsamic vinegar for dipping bread.

With so many different kinds of Olive oil available it can be confusing to choose the best match for what you are going to use it for.  For example, did you know that Extra Virgin Olive Oil isn't the best oil for cooking and as it's the most expensive olive oil it is actually a bit of a waste?

So if you're not sure which oil to choose check out this very useful infographic by Jamie's Italian and you'll see that different olive oil's are suited to different foods too; oh yes, there's a lot more to olive oil than you might have thought!


Disclosure:  All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a small payment to cover my time writing this post. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

American Hot Pizza Pie - Jamie Oliver

Jamie's latest book titled 'Save with Jamie' is aimed at shopping smart, cooking clever and having less waste.  With 120 money saving meals there's bound to be loads you will want to make.  Covering a wide range of lovely ingredients you'll find recipes to suit every-ones taste. 

The TV series to accompany the book 'Jamie's Money Saving Meals' currently showing on Monday nights on Channel 4 in the UK.

I've just had a go at making the American Hot Pizza Pie and the recipe was easy to follow and since the recipe makes four good sized pizzas so you can cook one or two and freeze the others before the cooking stage.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Tikka Masala Recipe - Jamie Oliver

Dead easy and seriously tasty, Jamie's Tikka Masala not only looks good but tastes good too.  A lovely colourful dish that, in my opinion just has to be served with naan bread to mop up the lovely sauce.

This recipe can easily be doubled and then once cooked it can be frozen - just don't add the toasted almonds or coriander. Of course you must make sure it's thoroughly defrosted before reheating.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Szechuan Stir-fry with Jasmine Rice - Jamie Oliver

As with all stir-fry recipes this is really easy to make and served over Jasmine rice as Jamie does is oh so very tasty indeed.  Despite the use of dried chillies and Szechuan peppercorns, I'd say it isn't really very spicy and next time I'll be adding more Szechuan peppercorns!

Give this a try and I'm sure you will love it as much as we did.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Potato and Chorizo Omelette - Jamie Oliver Recipe

Jamie's omelette is, as he says a cross between a Spanish tortilla and an Italian frittata. 
It's Spanish because of the chorizo and potato, but a little Italian too because he likes to finish it off in the oven instead of on the hob, so it puffs up like a soufflé.

This is my slightly titivated version, Jamie puts rosemary in his which he fries in the chorizo oil till crisp, other than that it's pretty much the same recipe.
If you make it be sure to make the kind of parsley salad which is sprinkled over the top before serving as it's really lovely.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Chicken Cacciatore - Spaghetti and Smoky Tomato Sauce

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals TV series starts this Monday 22nd October on Channel 4 - his latest book to accompany the series is out now and I've been sent a copy to review.
 Packed full of amazing recipes that look really easy to make.  Flicking through I spied his Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti and Smoky Tomato Sauce and it had to be made that very day!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Empire Roast Chicken - Jamie's Great Britain

Jamie's Great Britain is a seriously good book, I'd say it's his best yet.  There's a TV series to accompany the book being shown on Tuesday's on Channel 4 and Jamie cooked what he calls Empire Roast Chicken.  The chicken is smeared with a paste made from delicious spices mixed with a natural yoghurt.  

Jamie Oliver Empire Chicken

I didn't want to cook a whole chicken so I made the same paste mixture and used chicken thighs instead.  I think you'll agree it still looks good - and it was!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Bombay-style Potatoes - Jamie's Great Britain

After seeing Jamie cook up 'Empire Roast Chicken' on the Channel 4 series 'Jamie's Great Britain' for his latest book of the same name, I just had to make it. It has to be said he comes up with some amazing ideas - these Bombay potatoes are the best! 

Bombay-Style Potatoes

Who can resist these?
Jamie said: "Ask any British person what their two favourite meals are and I reckon most people would say their mum's roast chicken, and a curry. Well, welcome to Empire Roast Chicken, a combination of both of those things. Your friends and family are going to love it. I love it. You will love it."
I agree with him, his Empire Roast Chicken was so, so good and will be my very next post. 

Friday, 21 October 2011

Jamie's Great Britain - Book Review

As you probably know Jamie Oliver's latest book titled 'Jamie's Great Britain' is out.  You can see the TV series to accompany the book, which starts Tuesday 25th October at 9pm on Channel 4 and I will be tuning in!
Now, this book isn't all traditional English food as I thought it would be.  Might be just me but that's what I was expecting.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it isn't, because as I do like a bit of variety!
 As it says in the book: It's more 'British' food that a result of centuries of invasion, exploration, colonisation and immigration which has created a unique and wonderful food culture within our small island home. 

 That said, inside the book you will find classics such as Steak and Kidney Pudding that has Marmalade and Cheddar listed in the ingredients, which although sounds a bit odd, I bet it's good.  It certainly looks it!
Pictures taken from the book Jamie's Great Britain:
Jamie's Rainbow Salad looks amazing:
There are a huge range of recipes from 12-hour Rabbit Bolognese, Seared Scallops with Crispy Black Pudding and Clapshot, Crispy Roasted Fish-cakes, Roasted Veg Vindaloo, 'Kate and Wills' Wedding Pie to good old Cornish Pasties and Lincolnshire Poachers Pie.
Lots of puddings to be found in this book too!
Flapjack Crumble, Apple Pepper Pot Cake, which even me that 'don't do puddings' is thinking looks rather yum!  
Along with this Elderflower Summer Pudding.  
Don't you think it looks lovely - so colourful:
  All in all, this really is yet another great book from Jamie and if you were to buy it, I really can't see you being disappointed.
A big thank you to Pete for sending me a copy.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Jamie's Dress the Board Steak with my Roughed up Chips

Yes you read right, roughed up chips is what I'm calling my chips!
If you like the crispy, crunchy rough bits that are to be found on good roast potatoes you'll love these chips.
An age ago now Jamie Oliver made what he called 'dress the board steak' I remember how good it looked and have been meaning to make it ever since.  But like a lot of things it's getting round to it and last night I did just that.
I used my own version of herbs and stuff to 'dress the board' and of course you can do the same.
  If you're stuck for something for dinner tonight and love steak, this is the way to go! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Not Quite Jamie Oliver's Elvis Burger

I say not quite Jamie's Elvis Burger for two reasons:
  The first because I thought they sounded way too massive at 250g (9oz) each (and that's coming from a quite a greedy person).  I'm sure I've missed the point of it being called an Elvis burger because mine were smaller.
The second reason for my burgers being 'not quite Elvis' is because having used half the beef that Jamie did to make 4 burgers, I still used the same amount of spices and mustard etc.
    Result - excellent!
They tasted really good and I'll be making these again!
My picture isn't too amazing but you get the gist.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Piri Piri Chicken - Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meals

Jamie's Piri Piri chicken is seriously good!  Sweet from the peppers and paprika along with heat from the chilli.
I do have to say I wouldn't agree this chicken dish, along with the rocket salad and dressed potatoes, as well as the Portuguese tarts can be made in 30 minutes as stated in his book......Certainly not by me anyway!
Please don't get me wrong, in no way am I running him down - I think he's great and does some seriously fantastic food.  The book is certainly worth buying, just don't expect the dinners to take just 30 minutes that's all.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Chilli Coriander and Feta Dressed Potatoes - Jamie Oliver

Have you tried Jamie Oliver's Piri Piri Chicken from his 30 Minute Meals book?
If you haven't then you must.
Okay it took me a lot longer than 30 minutes to make the Piri Piri chicken to go with these potatoes, but hey ho it was so worth it! 
By the way, in his book he also manages to rustle up some Portuguese tarts too!
Serve with Jamie's Piri Piri chicken.  Although these 'dressed potatoes' as he calls them can be served with whatever takes your fancy.  

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Bag Roasted Sweet and Sour Chicken

A good while back Jamie Oliver made a fantastic dish 'Pot Roasted Sweet and Sour Chicken', in which he uses a whole chicken.  Very nice it is too.  We're not talking the kind of sweet and sour you get in the Chinese with that very sweet red sauce.  Far from it, this is simply chicken cooked with delicious things; Red and yellow peppers, red onion, red chilli pepper, pineapple, ginger, crushed fennel seeds and sugar.  Once it's cooked you add Balsamic vinegar to taste.
I've cooked the whole chicken recipe, and then I made it using chicken portions which you can see here
 Last night I wondered (as you do) could it be done in a bag?  Yes it can!
Picture below - ready to go into the oven.
 Sadly my picture of it cooked is quite awful so it's on the next page instead of the first! 

Friday, 11 February 2011

Quick Dauphinoise - Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meals

Last night I made Jamie Oliver's mustard chicken with 'quick' dauphinoise and greens.  Well it wasn't as quite quick as it should have been!  My potatoes and onions took longer to prepare has I used a mandolin slicer and not food processor.  They also took 15 minutes more to cook than the 30 minutes stated in the recipe.
 Whatever, they were just yummy and at the end of the day 45 minutes is still quick for dauphinoise so not too bad at all.
 I used double cream and not single cream as stated in Jamie's recipe.
Why? Because I've always thought that single cream is more lightly separate when heated.  Perhaps it's just a typing error in his book and they mean double cream - who knows.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Thyme Cumin and Orange Flavoured Butter

Here's another yummy butter from Jamie Oliver's 'Christmas with Jamie' DVD.  This one goes perfectly with carrots.  
 If you fancy a chestnut and bacon butter for your Brussels then you'll find it here.  

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Chestnut Bacon and Sage Flavoured Butter - Jamie Oliver

Imagine this, butter that's ready sliced and flavoured, with crispy bacon, chestnuts and sage.  Ready to put a slice on whatever you fancy. 

Picture above: just give the sprouts a stir and the butter will melt.

Oooh what to do what to do?  Brussels sprouts at Christmas or of course anytime you fancy.  Or how about on a jacket potato?   I saw this on an oldish (2005) Jamie Oliver DVD - Christmas with Jamie.
Now it's all very simple to have this butter ready and waiting in your freezer for when the mood takes you to use it.

All you need is:
Greaseproof paper - a large sheet say 16x12 inches
250g pack unsalted butter - at room temperature
10 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
200g vacuum pack of ready cooked chestnuts
a handful of fresh sage leaves - kept whole
and a frying pan

How to do it:
Heat up your frying pan, there's no need to add any oil.  Fry the bacon until it's a lovely colour and really crispy.  Add the chestnuts and stir them about to soak up the fat from the bacon.  Now add the sage leaves and cook them until they're also nice and crispy.
Tip the lot into a bowl and leave the pan to cool, I mean really go cold.

Lay your sheet of greaseproof paper out on the worktop with the widest side  top and bottom.  You can run your hand under the cold tap and smear it over the paper if it won't behave and lay flat.  Dry your hands and then put the butter in the center and spread it out in an oblong.  It will probably spread to about 8 x 5 inches.  When the bacon mixture is cold put that on top of the butter.

Roll it up like a Christmas cracker.

Pop it into the fridge to set.  When it has you can unroll it and slice into thick slices.  Roll it back up pop it into a freezer bag and you have flavoured butter long after Christmas!  It'll keep for a good few months, ready to do with what you fancy.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

CSN Stores and a Review of Jamie Oliver Grill Pan

I was asked to do a review of a product from CSN Stores UK.  I choose this Jamie Oliver Grill Pan by Tefal.  The pan is made from cast aluminum and it's of course non-stick.  When the heat spot turns solid red and you know you're ready to cook!
 Another good thing is the whole pan can go into the oven up to 260C.
Last night I used it for the first time and gave it a good test - for it's first time of being used I made jerk chicken. 
I really ought to have taken a picture - the grill pan looked like it was totally ruined!  Sticky chicken pieces with spicy sauce burnt on.  I thought I'd never get it clean. As you can see by the above picture I did - and it took all of 3 minutes to get it looking like new.  It can go into a dishwasher but personally I wouldn't put such a nice pan into a dishwasher just in case it did harm it.
I let it cool (as it says to in the booklet that came with it) and put it into hot soapy water and all the burnt bits just came away easily. 

CSN Stores are really quick to deliver - I ordered this on Thursday and it arrived Saturday! It was perfectly packaged too.
Delivery is FREE with CSN Stores on almost everything over £40 so why not pop over now and take a look for yourself.
Click here for CSN Stores UK and here for CSN Stores USA and Canada.
Thank you again to Eileen at CSN Stores.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Rogan Josh from Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

Last night I had a go at making one of Jamie's 30 Minute Meals from his latest book.  I made the vegetable Rogan Josh curry, with his Lemon Pickle and Carrot Salad
It can be done or so it seems - as you see Jamie do it on his Channel 4 television series to accompany his book.  However, in my tiny little kitchen, it is impossible.  The only reason I must point out is that I have to clear up as I go, or I'd seriously have no where to move.  An hour and 20 minutes later I was ready to serve!   
The only thing I added to this recipe was a tin of tomatoes and a pinch of dried chilli flakes.  I must say it really was a very tasty curry, but I personally felt it needed the tomatoes and extra chilli.
I think you'll agree it looks delicious.
Recipe taken from Jamie's book: 
Serves 4 to 6
You will need:
for the curry:
2 onions
1 medium butternut squash
1 small cauliflower
1 fresh red chilli (optional)
4 cloves of garlic
A bunch of fresh coriander
½ a 283g jar of Patak's Rogan Josh paste
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas - drained
**I added 1x400g tin of tomatoes and a pinch of dried chilli flakes
100g pre-washed baby spinach
1 x 500g tub of natural yogurt

For the rice:
1 mug of Basmati rice
A few whole cloves
For seasoning: Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

How to do it:
Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle.
Curry: Peel and slice the onions and add to a large lidded frying pan with a splash of water and a few good lugs of olive oil. Carefully cut the butternut squash in half across the middle (for speed I’m only using the seedless neck), wrap up the base and put in the fridge for another day. Quarter the neck length-ways, then slice it into 1cm chunks – no need to peel them. Add to the pan. Trim the cauliflower and remove the outer leaves.
Cut it into bite-sized chunks, and throw them into the pan. If you want some extra heat, slice up the chilli and add it now.  Crush in the un-peeled garlic (I peeled mine).  Finely chop the coriander (stalks and all).  Reserve a few leaves for garnish and add the rest to the pan with a couple of generous splashes of boiled water.  Add the Rogan Josh paste and the tin of chickpeas. **At this point I added a tin of tomatoes and a pinch of dried chilli flakes.
Season and stir well, then put a lid on. Cook hard and fast, stirring occasionally.

Rice:  Put the mug of rice into a medium saucepan with a lug of olive oil and a few cloves, then cover with 2 mugs of boiled water (use the same mug you used for the rice). Add a pinch of salt, then put the lid on and boil on a medium heat for 7 minutes. 

Curry:  Check and add a splash of water if it looks a bit dry. Stir, then replace the lid.
Rice:  By now the 7 minutes should be up, so take the rice off the heat and leave it to sit with the lid on for 7 minutes. This will let it steam and will give you beautiful fluffy nutty rice.

Curry:  Take the lid off. Do you need to adjust the consistency at this point?  If so, you can add a generous splash of boiled water, depending on whether you want it drier or wetter.  Or mash up some of the veg for different textures. Taste and add a pinch of salt, if needed, then add the spinach and stir through.

To serve:  Tip half the tub of yogurt into a small bowl.  Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil and take to the table.  Transfer the rice and curry into large serving bowls.  Spoon the remaining yogurt over the curry, sprinkle with the rest of the coriander leaves and take both bowls to the table.
 The rice came out perfectly too.  Jamie's 30 Minute Meals really is a book worth buying.

Lemon Pickle from Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

Supper yummy pickle to accompany Jamie's Rogan Josh from his latest book Jamie's 30 Minute Meals.
Of course this will go with any curry and it's well worth giving it a go - it literally takes a minute from start to finish.
Beautiful colours and dead easy to make.