You know what I find mildly surprising? One of the stereotypes about British people is that apparently they are not particularly good at cooking. Yet, there are so many British celebrity chefs out there! If the UK was trying to proof the world wrong – they did it successfully!
Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals
One of the UK’s most famous culinary exports is Jamie Oliver. I recently bought his famous 15 Minute Meals cookbook. I own a few Jamie’s cookbooks (I am mildly addicted to buying cookbooks), however I don’t use them very often. This was was on offer somewhere … probably at Asda. On a side note, whenever there’s a cookbook I’m after I check Asda, they often sell them cheaper than Amazon, Waterstones etc.
To be honest, I never expected to cook any of the 15 Minute Meals in less than half an hour. I like to be comfy when I cook and I take my sweet time. Usually, I take the tablet or the laptop to the kitchen with me and watch something while cooking. I’m currently re-watching Desperate Housewives which means that I may have to put down the ladle in those particularly dramatic moments ;)
Anyway, in the book it lists all the ingredients and utensils you have to have ready before you start cooking. Kettle boiled, oven pre-heated and so on. That makes it a little more realistic. Then again, the prep work is part of cooking, isn’t it?
Lamb Kofta in (almost) 15 minutes
Fair enough, it took me a little longer than 15 minutes to cook this dish but it wasn’t that far off. Moreover, it really looks and tastes like something that took significantly longer to prepare!
The sweetness of the pistachios together with the lamb kofta works very well with the spicy and minty couscous and the fresh salad. The different flavours and textures make this a beautiful plate of food!