This weekend has been dominated by Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Cookbook, and I have to say nothing has disappointed. I don’t always follow recipes, and when I do use a cookbook I nearly always deviate, but in the main I’ve followed Jamie’s recipes to the letter – apart from the timescale. For some creating a meal as quick as possible is desirable – and on weekdays often it is for me too – but on the weekend slow and relaxed, with red wine in hand, it the way I cook. So 30 minute meals took maybe 45 minutes or even an hour. Obviously by the time I get round to eating the meal I’m slighting tipsy, not necessarily a bad thing.
Friday brought a salad of pan-fried duck breast with chilli and mint, followed by a quick lemon and raspberry cheesecake in a glass – quite simply crushed ginger biscuits and hazelnuts with melted butter pushed into the bottom of a glass, a big dollop of lemon curd, raspberries thencrème fraiche mixed with a little sugar and vanilla paste spooned on top – totally tangy and seriously delicious.
On Sunday during the afternoon I made his healthier version of those lurid blue slush puppies you used to get a leisure centres, or perhaps still do, I don’t know I’m not 12 anymore! It was basically ice, frozen raspberries, some fresh mint and elderflower cordial whizzed in a blender with some soda water – absolutely amazing, you have to try it.
The pinnacle had to be Saturday when we had what Jamie calls ‘Jool’s favourite pasta’ and is basically a kind of bolognaise style sauce made with sausage meat. It is one of my favourite pasta meals now and my boyfriend practically inhaled it he scoffed it so quickly, then he went back for more (that’s his way of saying it’s good).
The recipe is on the channel 4 website now I highly recommend you try it. I also toss some parmesan in with the pasta and sauce before serving, whichJamie did in the programme, but doesn’t make mention of in the recipe. I served with a rocket and parmesan salad.