Albeit slightly behind the times, we have just purchased Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals, and tonight was the first recipe challenge. I have assumed that the main reason for purchasing this book is that you actually intend to time yourself cooking the recipe, but if my competitive streak is taking over here, then please forgive me.
With Tom working at the last Bulldogs game of the season, I took it upon myself to attempt the 'Spring Lamb' recipe. Given that my kitchen skills are not advanced, I took a little bit of a shortcut and omitted the pudding dish from my 30 minute window. In fact, I omitted it totally, because as much as I want to eat chocolate fondue, the scales won't thank me for it.
So, in 30 minutes I attempted to cook... spring rack of lamb, a vegetable platter, mint sauce and gravy. I've googled it so that you can view the recipe here. Having looked at the image on that page I'm now quite disappointed, because I didn't pour all the nice juices from the pan onto the dish like Jamie is doing. Dammit. That's what happens when you rush.
So, just like Jamie says on the TV show, I started by 'getting my 30 minute meals head on'! This meant boiling the kettle, preheating the oven and some pans, and getting all my ingredients assembled.
Hmmm. So the ingredients list was extensive. It also took at least 5 minutes to get out of the cupboards/fridge. Lucky I had both red wine vinegar and white wine vinegar in stock, but I did draw the line at using olive oil for parts of the recipe and extra virgin olive oil for other parts. Come on Jamie! We know you love olive oil.... in fact that remind me about how Tom and I always joke that every recipe has lashings of olive oil and chilli, but this must be the ONLY one that doesn't use any chilli at all!
I digress. START THE CLOCK!
Next, chop veg and potatoes and throw them into another pan with mint stalks. Turn the lamb. I'm making great time at this point. Maybe time to pour myself a glass of wine?
Then, seal the ends of the lamb, pop them in a pan with cherry tomatoes and the smush from the pestle and mortar. 11 minutes have elapsed already!
STOP THE CLOCK! I'm fully plated up at... 39 minutes 21 seconds.
I'll leave you with an inspirational (?!) shot of the mess I left behind in the kitchen, and if you have had any great success stories from this recipe book, please let me know!