Super speedy chef makes a meal of it
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals C4
"WE all," says Jamie Oliver, "want food that's healthy, gorgeous, and super quick." True. That's why, when I'm cooking, a tray of cress is a ready meal.
Jamie, a benevolent type, has offered to show us a 'whole new way to cook'. It's one, I noticed, where water's already conveniently boiled and at no point do you spend five minutes trying to find your big pan, only to eventually discover it caked in scrambled egg in the dishwasher.
"Welcome to the 15 minute meal mindset," he says. "If you think you haven't got time to cook, then think again." Why stop there? What about the five minute meal? The toasted crisp sandwich.
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"Multi-tasking to the max," claims Jamie, "you can create magic in the kitchen". Just don't ask where you stick the broom.
"We're talking big flavours fast," he adds. "Great meals without the guilt – balanced, tasty, and good for you." His sliced onion on a bed of spaghetti hoops is to die for.
Time then to unveil his first super-speedy dish. "We're gathered here today," he said, "to celebrate two beautiful things in life – chilli con carne and the meatball." I'd advise he doesn't become a vicar.
"Chilli con carne," he continued, "takes hours to cook. But I've written this recipe for people on the go." The Queen will have been pleased to see there was a downloadable app at the end.
Jamie's keen we should use as many kitchen utensils as possible to speed up the cooking process. "Get your liquidiser," he urged us at one point, "another friend of 15 Minute Meals – couldn't do without it." Not to mention the microwave.
However, there are some things you mustn't stint on, no matter how rushed you are. "Chillies," noted Jamie of his meatball dish, "remember to prick them. Very important, otherwise they'll explode – then you'll be wearing it." I suppose at least you'll have time to soak your top.
Another time-saving way to add flavour, says Jamie, comes in the form of salted lemons. "Look at these bad boys go", he said, dropping a couple into a pan. "Go and get some – decent supermarkets will stock them." I'll look out for a jar next time I'm in Lidl.
The second 15-minute meal was "lip-smacking sticky kicking chicken" (to save time, slaughter the bird well in advance).
"This dish," said Jamie, "is the daddy of exciting flavour combos. Imagine soft and sticky chicken with a caramelised bark." Personally I don't see bark as that much of a treat. There's too many dogs round here to find it appetising.