Will I be able to review Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals, Part 2?
November 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
I am still busy experimenting and cooking food from Jamie’s 30 minute meals, and I am enjoying myself thoroughly!!
Some of you might not know that I was asked to review a book by Aletta from Food24. I received this beautiful book from Kalahari.net. I thought that the only objective way to judge the book will be to cook some of the meals from it. If you have missed my first attempt you can go here!
The second meal I made from Jamie’s 30 minute meals was the meal that features on Page 96 and on the menu was Mustard Chicken, Quick Dauphinoise, Greens and a Black Forest Affogato. I did not make the Affogato but It was still a lovely meal. The mustard chicken was much enjoyed by my family.
This time around I managed to make the meal in 45 minutes. I really find that Jamie’s tips and most importantly the fact that I am more organized following the steps in the book enabled me to cook a whole meal in less time than I have ever done before. The only reason why I could not do this in 30 minutes was the fact that neither my family nor I eat chicken unless it is well cooked. I could not cook the chicken well enough in less time.
A couple of days later I tried another chicken meal. This time around the meal consisted of ‘Piri Piri’ Chicken, Dressed Potatoes, Rocket Salad and Quick Portuguese Tarts. It was a hit with the fam!!
Here is the recipe for the Quick Portuguese Tarts:
1 x 375g pack of pre-rolled puff pastry
125g crème fraîche
5ml vanilla paste or vanilla extract
75ml golden caster sugar (I used white caster sugar)
Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC and grease 6 holes of a muffin tin (small).
Dust a clean surface with flour. Unroll the sheet of pastry, cut it in half and save 1 half in the fridge for another day.
Sprinkle some cinnamon over the dough and then roll the dough into a swissroll shape and cut into 6 rounds. Put these into the holes of the muffin tin and use your thumb to stretch and mould the pastry into the holes, so that the bottom is flat and the pastry comes up to the top.
Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Take out and press the pastry back to make room for the filling.
Mix the crème fraîche, egg, vanilla, 15ml of the caster sugar and the zest of the orange together. Spoon this into the tart cases and bake for another 8 minutes.
Squeeze out the orange juice and put this with the remaining caster sugar into a small saucepan. Heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and pours over each tart when it is removed from the oven. Put aside to set and serve at room temperature.
I would recommend rather just rolling out the pastry and lining the muffin pans with the dough.
This meal took me 60 minutes to finish, but as I have said it was thoroughly enjoyed and I received a lot of compliments for the food.
Unfortunately I am not going to share the recipe for the Piri Piri chicken with you. If you want this you will have to buy the book which is available at Kalahari.net for R280.00.
I will post my final review soon!! In the mean time enjoy the kitchen and have fun!