What I Love about Jamie Oliver's Recipes - Easy - Doable - Affordable!

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Jamie's Recipes Are Doable?

Have you ever been out for dinner and picked up the menu and you've sat there gob smacked by the description of the food they have to offer... and I don't mean the actual food I mean the way it is described! And you sit there trying not to look like a total idiot because you can't decipher what in goodness name it is you are reading. Or like me a number of times pulling out my mobile under the table and googling (thank God for google) the meaning of some of the word descriptions so that I can at least sound like I know what I want and make an intelligent order. Honestly these days if we go out spontaneously for dinner and I haven't pre booked a table or looked at the menu beforehand and the menu is convoluted I have no problem with apologizing and walking out and finding somewhere with a simpler menu I can identify with.

I just have to say here that I have had my share of fine dining experiences, have eaten in different cities around the world including two of Jamie Olivers London restaurants and am a lover of good food and the way it is sourced and prepared and am familiar with complex menus but...

Give me chef's like Jamie any day with his passion and love of food and his easy, simple way that he prepares it so that it permeates the culinary experience making it so richly rewarding and satisfying.

That said, let's look at what makes Jamie so special.

Where the Fifteen Restaurant idea originated

In the early 90's Jamie was troubled by the high levels of youth unemployment numbers, particularly youth who had been kicked out of school or left early due to difficulties at home and needed a fresh start in life. Buoyed with an idea of using the 'magic' of food to help inspire a generation of kids that had missed out on the vital skills of cooking a meal, Jamie began the his Restaurant challenge with fifteen carefully selected young people and opened Fifteen London which donates all of it's profits back into the apprentice scheme. With his belief that young people have 'Untapped talent' that was often hindered by troubled lives and that given the opportunity they could rise above their difficulties and develop a passion for life, hard work and a love for good food the idea of creating a restaurant where young people were trained as chef's to appreciate food; from growing, to cooking, to serving it was born. For Jamie hard work and effort paid off over a ten year period as he developed an apprenticeship program and saw many young people given the chance for a better future.

From Pantry to Table in 30 Minutes

I want to encourage you, if you haven't already bought his book to try Jamie's 'Thirty Minute Meals' they are so doable.

I don't even no if doable is a correct word but when I think of making a meal I want and need it to be doable. And by that I mean that when I read a recipe I can:

  • Understand what I'm reading. - The ingredients and method terminology need to be clear.
  • Identify the ingredients. - I don't want to or have time to get out a food dictionary or Thesaurus to interpret the items that I need to make a meal for my family or friends.
  • Access the ingredients - For me the ingredients have to be easy to obtain locally and the produce fresh and seasonal.

  • Afford the ingredients - The influx of cooking shows on our screens over recent years has increased our knowledge of foods and ingredients as well as increased our technique and abilities to prepare and cook meals. Buying expensive ingredients for a special dish is a delight but on a day to day basis, if cooking for a family, most often budgets are tight and food staples come before gourmet ingredients. Good food doesn't have to break the budget.

Jamie Oliver is without doubt an intuitive, creative and conscientious cook and is an inspiration to many millions of people world wide, not just for his love of food but for his work ethic and generous spirit.

If you are planning a trip to London a visit to either Fifteen at 15 Westland Place London or Jamie's Italian at 11 Upper St Martin's Lane Covent Garden where some of his more rustic dishes are served, is well worth the effort as the food and the experience is enchanting.

Directions for both restaurants and more information including a map, nearest tube stations, phone numbers, and menus are found online at www.jamieoliver.com.

Bon Appetite

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

Oliver is one of the earlier acolytes of "naked" cooking. Fun as it can be under the right circumstance, that of course has nothing to do with the cook, only with the food. His recipes are unadorned, his methods simple. I too like that approach. It lets out the basic goodness of good ingredients, and to me that's what good eating is all about.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for your comment Attikos...yes he was the original naked chef...and such a great story:)

Great food, great guy...cheers

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

Jamie Oliver is awesome, and one of the few chefs whose recipes I look up on a regular basis.

Great Hub!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Great to hear you say that Georgie, and thanks for your comment...he is absolutely great and I use his recipes all the time and I felt honored to visit his restaurants...cheers

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God is dead 4 years ago

I love these recipes, I'm going to try them in my summer vacs, Anyways thank you and thumbs up for your amazing blog (:

Bobby 4 years ago

I love Jamie's cooking to!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much for your comments & glad you enjoyed my hub God is dead...enjoy your summer vacation...and the recipes...cheers

Bobby thanks for your comment...it's hard not to love the affable guy and his amazing food...cheers

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

I think I love Jamie O. too! These are mouth-watering recipes! Very awesome.

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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

hi carter I thought about doing a hub on Jamie a couple years back when he was on UK tv almost nightly. I also like his food, and his passion. He opened up one of his restaurants in Nottingham last Autumn and we have tried it twice now. You are right what you say, he uses fresh ingredients done in a simple way but put together they make a great meal. We love him and his tv shows so voted up and shared.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Yes unknown spy...he's a pretty lovable guy yeah? and his recipes are sensational...I'm hooked on the delectable Pannacotta...yumm!!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Brian...thank you for your votes and sharing, much appreciated... and so glad to hear of someone else that has eaten in and enjoyed Jamie's restaurants!! I know he has just recently opened an Italian in Sydney and am planning to go for our anniversary in August...thanks for dropping by...cheers

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Yes unknown spy...he's a pretty lovable guy yeah? and his recipes are sensational...I'm hooked on the delectable Pannacotta...yumm!!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

One of the first apps I bought for my iPhone was a Jamie Oliver recipe app. I love it. I never knew much about his background so it was nice learning more about him.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for that!! I'm going to get that app Susan... I follow him on twitter and have all his cooking books but the app would be great...thanks for popping over for a read...cheers

Bobby 4 years ago

Yes! I have Jamie 's app on my iPhone as well!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks much for your comment bobby and it sure sounds like a good app to get...will have to download it...cheers

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mary, he is one of my favourite chefs. When I watched 30 Minute Meals on TV I totally got what he was trying to do. He is trying to get us to ditch the whole convenience food kick we're on, mainly due to most of us working so hard. I love his 'naked' approach - it's all about freshness, flavour and simplicity. I think it's great that on his Italian programme he completely adored their way of cooking - he get's it!

Great hub.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Jools...so happy to hear that you love Jamie...he has such dedication, commitment and passion for people eating healthy fresh food and the 30 minute meals were a revelation in more ways than one for many that have little time for elaborate meal preparation...he made it all so easy and doable...thanks for dropping by...cheers

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Jamie Oliver is so passionate about food and I like watching him cook on TV. Thanks for the heads up about his restaurant Fifteen.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

He sure is Christy isn't he...I love his 30 minute meal program, so inspiring...and my pleasure for the heads up...cheers

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Agree with you all the way. If I don't know what it is, I'm not going to eat it, and I may not even when I do know what it is!

Jamie Oliver is also championing healthy food in school cafeterias and I've even put one of his YouTube videos in my hub "Pink Slime Turns Dog Food Into People Food," because in it he demonstrates how Pink Slime is made. Jamie really is doing a lot to raise people's knowledge about food and what is good for one and what is not, along with how the simplest foods are often the best.

Voted you up and awesome!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

What else can you say! How great is he? He is doing such a great job at promoting healthier food for kids & works so hard at it worldwide...what a good guy!! Thanks so much for your input & for voting you are very kind...will head on over to your hub...cheers

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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Carter, Delighted to see this hub on my favourite chef!!

Jamie is a mega person and chef. I have his 30 min meal book and it is EXCELLENT - A MUST HAVE in all kitchens!

I watch all the Jamie Oliver TV shows eg Jamie does Italy and love his rustic ways of simplicity with not compensating on quality or flavour.

Great hub, voted loads and sharing everywhere!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Suzie, thanks so much for dropping by and voting...so glad you enjoyed this one on Jamie O...I totally agree that the 30 min meal book is a must have in the kitchen and I loved the shows, they are seriously good...just love his simplicity & uncomplicated manner...cheers

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Jamie Oliver also went on a crusade here in the U.S. to persuade schools to offer more healthful options in their school lunches. Very often the best meals are the simplest and easiest to prepare.

Paola 2 years ago

I love your post! Mine is similar. My fatvoire color is red, but now I have lots of pink at my house. All thanks to a little girl my third child, behind two boys in blue. But I like your take on the topic. Pink is a cure and we definitely need to find it. God bless you in the fight. Thanks for linking up with 5MF. Smiles -

Galuh 2 years ago

Christi on I hate to be a bummer but if you read "Nourishing Traditions," you'll see how...Mary on Those look yummy! I will need to write this rceipe down. I am not...Janet on

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