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Why I love Jamie Oliver

I’ve been a little bit Jamie Oliver crazy lately. After purchasing the 15 Minute Meal Cook Book, I’ve managed to get through a handful of the recipes and I’m blown away at how delicious they have all been. I don’t time my cooking anymore ( 15 is never going to work for me, I’m wayyyy too slow) but I am loving the recipes. This one was sooo good, we made it two nights in a row.

This is my variation of the Chicken and Noodle Laksa;jamies laksa3Chicken
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 tsp Chinese five-spice
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 fresh red chilli

1 tsp chicken stock powder
1/4 butternut squash (grated)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 small piece of ginger
1 fresh chilli or 1 tsp dried chillie
1 tsp turmeric
1 heaped tsp natural peanut butter (mine was homemade just peanuts and peanut oil)
2 dried kaffir lime leaves
½ a bunch of fresh coriander
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp low-salt soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
300g medium noodles
Vegetables (I used some corguette but I think it’d be rather flexible to whatever you have in the fridge
1 x 400g tin of light coconut milk
3 limes

Chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and five-spice. Bash with a rolling pin to flatten. Once ready, pop into a hot pan (great with sesame oil) and cook until nice charred. Drop honey over at the end, dip into sesame seeds and serve. EASY!

Noodle Laksa. Put about 1l of water into a large pan and throw in the stock powder. Tip in the grated pumpkin and let boil.

I use a pestle and mortar (processor would be easier but I’m too lazy to get mine out). Mix garlic, chilli, ginger, tumeric, peanut butter, lime leaves, coriander stalks, sesame oil, fish sauce and soy. Mix well into a liquidy paste. Pop the noodles and spice mix into the boiling water. Add veges. Cook until veges and noodles are cooked. Add coconut milk, check if it needs any soy or lime juice then remove from the heat. Serve with chilli, lime and coriander.



Sticky Kicking Chicken (Jamie Oliver Style)

LasSticky Kicking Chicken - Jamie Olivert night we tested another Jamie Oliver 15 Minute Meal; Sticky Kicking Chicken. I didn’t time this one and I’m glad I didn’t as I used bone-in chicken thighs so the cooking time was quite long.

This is 15 Minute Recipe #3 for me and yet again it was delicious. Easy too. I didn’t make the salad but I’ve tasted it previously and was also very good!

I’ve borrowed Jamie’s photo as we gobbled the chicken down before a camera shutter could even be pressed.

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I’m No 15 Minute Meal: Lamb Lollipops

I like Jamie Oliver. If he visited New Zealand with his enthusiasm for overhauling school canteen junk food I’d support him. Unfortunately he’s cheated a little with his recent cookbook/tv show; 15 Minute Meals.

Even a Masterchef winner would struggle to make these meals in 15 minutes. I don’t know about you but my stove top takes a good ten minutes to heat up and I can waste at least three waiting for the jug to boil. I didn’t set out to prove Jamie wrong but it happened. This meal took two people 17 minutes to complete, I’d allow another ten if you’re doing it solo. We hit the timer once the stove was hot, the jug boiled and all ingredients measured up ready to go.


The end result; lamb lollipops curry with spiced pea rice and crushed poppdoms. The result? Delicious and well worth however many extra minutes this recipe will take you to prepare!


Jamie Oliver: 15 Minute Meals (Recipe at http://keeprecipes.com/recipe/howtocook/lamb-lollipops-curry-sauce-rice-peas)