Jamie Oliver recipe round-up!

I have wanted to do this post for quite some time now! I’m not alone in my love for Jamie Oliver’s cooking, and I have to say that I’ve watched and re-watched his Ministry of Food TV series and 30 Minute Meals series over and over. And, there’s quite a few recipes on this blog that are Jamie O-inspired.

I say inspired, because I very rarely actually cook recipes exactly how they’ve been laid out in a cookbook (or if I do, I don’t share them here because they’re not my own original recipes… some baking & technical stuff excepted). Like Jamie, I love to use fresh and “from scratch” methods, but UNlike Jamie, I can’t afford every single beautiful ingredient, or I simply cannot be bothered to get something specific when I can substitute or do without.

I also want to do a shout-out to friend and fellow food blogger, Lorina, who actually cooked her way through¬†Jamie at Home in 365 days. She’s so brave! Check out her blog¬†My Year With Jamie Oliver here.

Okay! On with the recipes!


 

Jamie O-inspired recipes on The Three Cheeses

Spinach cheese tart: Only ever make this recipe when you have a few people around who don’t mind chowing down high-fat goodies. Otherwise you’ll eat it all yourself and regret it afterwards!

how to steam rice

How to make steamed rice: Beautiful steamed rice, just like in the restaurants, without a rice cooker! Totally revolutionized the way I make rice, and it’s super easy.

cheesy cauliflower soup

Cheese and cauliflower soup: Roommate-who-dislikes-soup approved. Cheese and wholesome goodness, this is a win in any household.

Spaghetti and meatballs: The first meatballs recipe I tried that actually worked and held together. Seriously, I was 22 and had never had meatballs hold together properly. Plus the sauce is beautiful and basil-licious (yes, that’s a thing).

Steak sandwich: A great, easy, and affordable dinner that will impress and satisfy without a lot of work! Buy one big steak that feeds four people… it’s a no-brainer!

Carrot, apple, and mint salad: A few different flavours that really compliment each other well. A great side dish when you’re looking for something a bit different.

Beer stovies: Stick-to-your-bones winter deliciousness. Also an interesting use of celery leaves, which I just hate throwing out! Definitely a new and interesting way to do potatoes (for this ol’ Canadian anyway).

Chicken fajitas: Another no-fail, really easy and pretty quick weeknight dinner idea. (Jamie’s pretty fantastic at those; I love that such an accomplished chef has made cooking from scratch so accessible.) I actually grew up really disliking capsicum/peppers, but this recipe has me chopping up a few quite happily (and also got a, “I don’t know what you’re cooking in there but it’s AWESOME” from one of those hard-to-please roommates!).

 

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Posted: November 20th, 2012 under Cook Books, Joni's Blog, Recipes.
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