A realistic look at what a family needs from a cookbook, Jamie Oliver keeps his recipes economical, accessible and time efficient. The collection of “five minute wonders” is brilliant; really simple solutions for a fast and healthy feed. Jamie’s Top Ten, a selection of the essential recipes for every family, includes all the traditional favourites turned out with a little Jamie flair. The list includes bangers and mash, a brilliant burger and a simple baked lasagne.
The family tree is an ingenious collection of recipes stemming from a basic recipe such as a tomato sauce or a basil pesto. The extended recipes allow you to make the most of the original presentation. Jamie’s stewed fruit is converted to a crumble, syllabub, filo pastry parcels and served simply with yogurt.
A chapter on sandwiches may seem a little unnecessary, butJamie has come up with some brilliant suggestions and concepts that take your work or school lunch from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The prawn sandwich with basil mayonnaise and cress is divine.
All the regular chapters that you would expect to find in Jamie’s cookbooks follow: pasta, meat and fish, salads, soups. The real mushroom soup is simple and tasty as is the tray baked ratatouille with white fish. Sweet duck legs cooked with plums and star anise are perfect for your next dinner party followed by a delicious maple syrup and treacle tart.
Title: Jamie’s Dinners
Author: Jamie Oliver
Hardback , 320 pages
Published 1 November 2004