All posts tagged: Jamie Oliver

Barbecoa and the perfect steak!

As I’m sure many of you know, a good steak is one of my favourite things in life. And if it’s been cooked badly, it upsets me greatly! This is something I’ve been discussing with the team at Barbecoa recently, as they’ve put together a rather nifty (and pretty!) infographic (below) showing you how best to cook steak, as advised by Steve Pooley, Executive Chef Director at Jamie Oliver. I first visited Barbecoa a few years ago for brunch with Tim, and really enjoyed it! I tried to dig out some photos and found this collage – you can just about see the food (this was clearly pre-blogging days!) some gorgeous steak huevos rancheros. ¬†As you can see, the view is also amazing, looking directly across at St Pauls Cathedral. The team really do know their meat. Barbecoa is described as the UK’s first ‘barbecue steakhouse’, with the chefs cooking the meat using Texas pit smokers, tandoors, fire pits, robata grills and wood-fired ovens. But let’s face it, not many of us have any of …

A Pasta Education from Jamie’s Italian

As you probably know, I absolutely adore pasta. When I was a child, I had pasta with tuna, mayonnaise and peas for lunch at school every day for at least a couple of years. I think my teachers thought I was a little bit insane. I’d still be eating it every day now if I had the same metabolism as a seven year old! The team at Jamie’s Italian recently sent me this infographic on different types of pasta, where they originate from and the history behind them, so I thought it would be interesting to share with you all – there were certainly some types in here I’d never heard of or tried: I thought I’d try out a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s website to include in this post, and this one really took my fancy – Chicken, Leek, Pea and Pasta Bake. Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter , plus extra for greasing 350 g conchiglie pasta olive oil 2 leeks , roughly chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced 100 ml chicken stock …

Sushi Making at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease, Notting Hill

For Christmas last year, I bought Tim a voucher for him and I to go to a cookery class at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Recipease’ in Notting Hill. They host a whole range of classes, from knife skills through to the preparation and cooking of particular dishes, such as bouillabaisse. The class I had in mind when I bought the voucher was the sushi making class, which Tim was keen on too. For various reasons (getting married, buying a house and a kitten, and starting a new job, to name a few!) we only just got round to attending the class. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of prosecco, before aproning up and heading over to watch the demonstration by our chef. Tim and I both love sushi (I haven’t written nearly enough sushi posts on here for my liking yet!) but we’d never tried making it ourselves. The first thing to point out, for anyone who might not know, is that sushi is so-called when it includes rice and is ‘wrapped’. Raw fish served …

My thoughts on Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’

Did you watch Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’ last night? It certainly got the internet up in arms, and hopefully for the right reasons! Sugar seems to be the latest ‘no no’ food substance. At one stage fat was the devil, and even protein at one point, and the world is apparently unsure whether bananas are a miracle fruit or can give you cancer, the number of conflicting articles I’ve seen, it’s madness! There have been lots of documentaries and news stories recently about how bad sugar is for you, and how it can often be hidden. I’m not talking about lurking in the back of your pantry, but actually mixed in with processed foods that you would never expect to be so high in sugar. Now in some ways, this really shouldn’t be rocket science. We’ve known for centuries that sugar is bad for your teeth and can make you fat. But what I liked about Sugar Rush is that it went one step further, which is what I love about Jamie’s TV programmes like …

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant Pop-Up

Just a quick post to let my fellow Londoners know that there’s a Jamie’s Fifteen Pop Up going on at Old Street Station today! My very first cookbook was Jamie Oliver’s ‘The Naked Chef’ – I can still vividly remember queuing up outside Hammicks bookshop in Harrogate, about 12 or 13 years old, waiting to meet the man himself to get my book signed. He called me “sweetheart” and I’ve loved him ever since – that book is still sitting proudly on my bookshelf! I’m pretty sure it was him that got me into cooking in the first place, and in fact, inspired my generation to get into the kitchen. Prior to that, chefs on TV had always been older and frumpy. He made cooking ‘cool’! I saw the pop-up being talked about on social media yesterday, so I thought I’d head over during my lunch hour. I was actually expecting them to be selling food from there, but it’s more of an exhibition about how the restaurant started and the stories of its staff. …

Sweet & Spicy Beer Can Chicken

As you may know, Tim loves chicken. In fact, I don’t think ‘love’ really covers it. I’d probably call it an obsession. Our friends will be able to tell you many a tale relating to Tim and chicken (I think it even made it into his Best Man’s speech at our wedding). One of my favourites (although not at the time!) was when he nearly burned our flat down due to said chicken. After coming home from a big night out, after a few (!) beers, he decided to cook a roast chicken. Only he fell asleep with the oven on… let’s just say it’s a good job I got home in time! We’ve been trying a few different kinds of recipes out recently, and one of them was Sweet & Spicy Beer Can Chicken. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe – ours was a much smaller chicken as it was only for the two of us, but his recipe, as per his website, is as follows: Ingredients 1 x 1.8 kg whole free-range chicken olive …