I set myself a challenge beginning the first week of August, 2012 to cook all the recipes in Jamie Oliver’s book “Cook with Jamie”
Counting the recipes, there is 166 in total. These range from a simple salad dressing to a lamb shank pie, from making squid ink pasta to cooking a whole fish. Many ingredients and techniques that I’ve never tried and quite frankly, I’m a bit scared to.
But this isn’t to give myself something to do – I’ve got plenty in that department! But its to prove to myself that I can cook anything. Growing up I honestly didn’t have much to do with food. It was take away, take away and take away. On the odd occasion a meal would be cooked which didn’t involve vegetables – mainly sausages and chips or something. I realised a few weeks ago that until I left home at 17, I had never had spaghetti bolognese. Seems like a strange and alien thought knowing now we practically have it once a week.
I admire Jamie Oliver as a person and as a chef, I’ve never met him but I love what he had achieved in the world and how he has helped better the world. Why can’t I help someone realise they can cook anything as well? That cooking a whole fish or eating rabbit isn’t as daunting as it seems?
So I’d like for you to join me in this experience, either by reading about my adventures or by giving them a try yourself. It’s a brilliant way to broaden your food horizons!
As I cook a dish, I’ll be blogging it and it’ll go in a list below for you to look back on. And I’ll do a bit of Julie-&-Julia by putting a counter on the side for how many dishes are left. Although, at this time I’m not putting a time limit on it – motivation is at a high and I think I can do without a number!
So all, wish me luck! And I’ll keep you posted!