I like cooking, however like any person with a healthy streak of hedonism in them I don’t like to spend too much time and effort on food preparation. That is why some time ago I fell in love with Jamie Oliver’s recipes and for while I thought that his 30 and 15 Minute Meals were the best thing ever happened in the culinary world. I was wrong!
My husband loves cooking – he is a cookery programmes addict, so there is no chance a new TV cookery series will be broadcast by without him noticing. That is how I discovered Jamie Oliver’s new series “Jamie’s Everyday Super Food”. One evening last week he literally hauled me into the living room and insisted that I watched an episode, saying that “You have to see this. It’s the sort of food you love!” And it’s a good thing he did because I loved every recipe shown in the programme. Then I watched two more episodes and there too – all the dishes looked amazing; I wanted to try them all. The dishes are put together in a very clever and well thought out way, so that they are very healthy, look delicious and colourful, don’t lack flavour or spice, and will deliver a balanced diet to your body without you having to think about it. Immediately after the programme I demanded that Patrick buy the book of the series the very next day. I didn’t have to ask twice because he is a cookery book devotee. He was more than happy to acquire another and this time I couldn’t complain about squeezing yet another cookery book into our crowded bookshelves. Double win for Patrick…
We tried a few recipes this weekend and they all turned out as good as they looked in the book. None of them disappointed when you make them yourself and most are quick and relatively easy. There is plenty there for vegetarians and vegans and people with gluten or lactose intolerance, which is great if more than half of your friends fit into one or more of those categories and every time you have a big dinner party you end up cooking a few different meals. I can honestly recommend Jamie Oliver’s new cookery book. There are fun and interesting dishes in there and all the recipes provide fat and calorie content so you know exactly what you are eating.
Ps. Last Sunday Patrick cooked one of those fab dishes for Ana. I think she liked it too, because she went home with a lunch box. Something tells that she may get this book too…
WINE OF THE WEEK
Yet another BARGAINTASTIC this month! This time from Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference range.
GRECO Di TUFO DOCG 2010 (£8 from £10)
Fab Italian white wine, bold and bright but not heavy. It has a beautiful nose of honey, cooked apple and ripe pear, while being really fresh and citrusy on the palate, a good clean finish with touch of minerality. This is a perfect wine to drink on its own or with seafood, but I think it may go just as well with pork or poultry. This is really good value for money while it is on offer, so stock up as I did!