Gyoza virgin no longer

Jamie's comfort food, Pork

I love weekends which give you the time to experiment in the kitchen and that’s exactly how I used my time this weekend.

Yesterday I decided to try making Gyoza for the first time. I wasn’t alone, alas Mr Oliver helped me through the media of his comfort foods book.

  
I found it a really straight forward recipe to follow but you defiantly need a good hour or two for the prep.

I enjoyed making the Gyoza dough but found it a real workout session trying to get it nice and thin.

  
But it was all totally worth it!

   
   
The Gyoza were perfectly formed and perfect in taste. They were nice and light (which meant I ate about 15!) and they were fantastic in the dipping sauces (although they were equally tasty without!). The ginger and spice really fired through, a taste sensation!   

   

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Just little old chicken Kiev 

chicken, Jamie's comfort food

Chicken Kiev conjures up memories of frozen hunks of processed meat with a watery garlic mixture oozing out. I don’t know about you, by history with chicken kiev’s isn’t good.

But I don’t live in the past and when I came across this recipe in Jamie’s comfort food back I though “Yes, let’s make some good Kiev memories!”

This is one of the less complex recipes in this book, it was pretty straight forward to undertake and it did not require much prep work.

  
The result was marvellous! Soft tender chicken, oozing with a thick creamy butter and coated in a light crisp shell. Matched with a broccoli laden mash potatoe and sprinkled with fresh spinach, I found the whole thigh a hearty and comforting plate. A good Sunday dish id say.

  
Happy eating!

Super duper super food!

Vegetarian

Jamie’s Super Food book is a bit of an odd one for me, it offers some good recipies but few actually appeal. I mean, I will make them, you know I have this obsession with new recipies, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them, but I lack lust for them. They are also more on the complex side and so not a “quick prep job” for when I get home.

Tonight I whipped up the Mexican soup. It was OK. It had a very fresh taste and would make a nice summer soup but to be honest, I’d skip the chickpeas next time!

  

  

 

Asian crispy beef salad

Beef, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's superfoods

If you want healthy, tasty and creative food, this dish is for you!

This recipe contains great ingredients and different techniques which make for a great tasting, interesting dinner.

I’ve never made “crispy” beef before but it was so easy to do and it’s so effective and it really added an extra element to make this dish shine.

I loved the citrusy sauce that coated the salad and the textures made it a joy to eat.

   
 

The BEST Sprout dish you will ever eat

Cook book, Food, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Spicy, Vegetarian

Jamie Oliver’s Comfort food cookbook is one that I particularly enjoy but for quite some time I’ve flicked past the quesadilla recipe which features sprouts as the main ingredient. Sprouts. It’s really never appealed to me on any level.

Alas, Christmas came and went and I found I had a small stockpile of raw sprouts left and so it seemed fate was telling me that this recipe needed to be tried.

As I was cooking I genuinely wished we were having a different dish, I quite honestly couldn’t imagine an enjoyable taste and my stomach yearned for something higher scoring on the naughty scale. But something wonderful happened, as I started to cook the sprout mixture in the butter the most amazing smell took over the kitchen and I knew I had been wrong!

Wow. Seriously, wow. This quesadilla was the tastiest I had ever eaten. The mixture retained the strong savory, earthy sprout taste but engaged with a buttery creamy flavor which was out of this world. Mixed in with some fresh spicy sauce we really did have a winning dish and I will be making this for any lucky guests.

It just shows…don’t judge the sprout.

  

Not just any Smoked salmon sandwich 

Fish, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Uncategorized

This recipe is curtesy of the well known Mr Jamie Oliver, it offers a speedy dish with a naughty, satisfying feeling!

I cooked this on a Friday night knowing that I wanted a treat, something tasty but something that wouldnt require huge amount of prep work. This recipe was perfect for that, you could smoke the salmon your self but on this occasion I opted not to. I did however make the basil mayonnaise which is really delicious.

When you bite into this mammoth sandwich you instantly get the feeling of indulgence, soft smoked salmon, sticky sweet bacon, oozing creamy mayo….a total delight. 

Make it, eat it, enjoy!

   
 

Jamie’s BIG balls!

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Kitchen

By “Jamie” I mean OLIVER and by “balls” I mean BALLS, meatballs that is. 😄

Last night I wanted some wholesome Sunday grub and so delved in to Jamie Oliver’s new comfort food recipe book. I think this is the second recipe I’ve cooked from this book and it was as beautiful as the last.

It’s a relatively easy recipe to cook, although like the last I found it a little over complicated for what the food was (meatballs) however the end result was defiantly worth it!

As usual, I made too much and went to bed still stuffed but I would defiantly recommend this, even for the gravy alone!!!!

Happy cooking!

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A lot of effort. A lot of taste!

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Kitchen, Pie

So yesterday I cook for the first time a recipe out of Jamie Oliver’s new comfort food book. A chicken pie…easy right?

Wrong. I should have realized its complexity when you started with a whole chicken! But after hours of hacking, sealing, sautéing and baking it resulted in the biggest flavor……so worth the effort. I would recommend trying it if you have a free afternoon!

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