Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Oliver’

Pork chops served with roast potatoes and fresh peas

August 8, 2022

Loosely based on a recipe costolette di maiale con salva in Jamie’s Italy.

Coat pork chops with honey, season with salt and pepper, pinch of Herbes de Provence, add thin strips of streaky bacon, add a knob of butter.

Fan oven 150C for an hour. First ten minutes 170C to crisp the strips of streaky bacon, five minutes 170C at the end.

Par boil the potatoes and then add to the roasting tray.

Peas cook for five minutes in the potato water.

Gravy, use potato water.

Slow-roast belly pork with kraut and dried fruit

May 1, 2022

Dinner for Ukraine, dinner with Jamie Oliver on Maundy Thursday a couple of weeks ago, a fund raiser for Cook for Ukraine, the main dish was slow-roast belly pork. It was amazing, as were all the other dishes.

Dare I try to cook this dish? I will give it a try.

A piece of belly pork from Redhill farm shop.

The night before, prepare a spice mix with which to coat the pork, mix in a bowl, then apply.

  • rapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • salt
  • two garlic cloves
  • red wine vinegar (cider vinegar)
  • Cyprus honey

Leave for about an hour at room temperature, then pop in the fridge overnight.

The belly-pork raised atop carrots and a celery stick.

Take out of fridge, leave for an hour to reach room temperature. Fan oven 180C for 15-20 minutes. An hour 140C.

  • saurkraut
  • small onion
  • dried apricots
  • dates (or prunes)
  • two small apples
  • roasted ground caroway seeds
  • roasted ground coriander seeds
  • rossted ground fennel seeds (or fennel leaves)

In a frying pan,hot oil, sliced onion until brown, add saurkraut, dates and apricots, roasted ground caroway seeds and coriander seeds, then add sliced apples and fennel leaves.

Remove roast belly pork from baking tin. Tip in contents of frying pan. Nestle belly pork on top of the kraut and dried fruit. Fan oven 140C for two hours.


Accompanied by red wine from Moldova.

Slow roast pork with kraut and dried fruit from Summer Kitchens. Was this what we were served at Dinner for Ukraine I do not know.

i made a few minor changes from Summer Kitchens.

Lacking a rack I used a carrot slit lengthwise and a couple of sticks of celery. These were pushed to the side when tray filled with kraut and dried fruit.

Seeds toasted for a couple of minutes in a dry pan, tipped onto a plate, crushed with the back of a spoon, to be added back later.

No fennel seeds, used fennel leaves.

Dates used instead of prunes.

For spice rub did not use French mustard. Used red wine vinegar not cider vinegar.

Saurkraut with carrot.

i added boiling water to the baking tray, back in the hot oven, turned off, cooling down. This was to help clean the pan. Then a thought. Stock. Emptied into a peanut butter jar. Maybe use with beetroot soup.

Plenty of roast belly pork left over. Put on windowsill to cool, then into fridge, to be eaten cold another day. Olia Hercules suggests in a brioche bun with watercress.

Summer Kitchens a recipe for pampushky stuffed with slow-roast belly pork.


April 25, 2022

A recipe for pampushky from Olia Hercules cooked by Jamie Oliver.

Pampushky Ukrainian bread traditionally served with borsch.

Pampushky served with borsch at Dinner for Ukraine hosted by Jamie Oliver at Jamie Oliver HQ, a fund-raising event for Cook for Ukraine.

Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina co-founders of Cook for Ukraine.

Mamumshka impossible to find, other than as an e-book. Highly recommended Summer Kitchens, which has a recipe for pampushky using sourdough. Summer Kitchens also has a recipe for pampushky filled with slow-roast pork (and yes a recipe for slow-roast pork).

Special thanks to Jamie Oliver for Dinner for Ukraine, an amazing evening, excellent food, and to all his willing helpers, who volunteered their time for free.

Dinner for Ukraine

April 14, 2022

Hosted by Jamie Oliver at Jamie Oliver HQ.

You are going to get to try some very authentic Ukrainian food. — Jamie Oliver

No more beautiful way to speak out against the war than through food. — Alissa Timoshkina

After drinks on arrival, shown to our tables, Jamie Oliver welcomed everyone and explained Cook For Ukraine. He then passed over to Alissa Timoshkina and Olia Hercules co-founders of Cook for Ukraine.

Cook for Ukraine was founded by Alissa Timoshkina and Olia Hercules, with the help of Clerkenwell Boy.

Their aim was to celebrate Ukrainian and Eastern European food while raising awareness of the humanitarian crisis facing Ukraine as well as emergency funds.

Alissa Timoshkina expanded on the founding of Cook for Ukraine.

Olia Hercules gave an emotional account of relatives in Ukraine and her fear for their safety.

Dinner for Ukraine a fundraiser for Cook for Ukraine.

By the side of each invited guest, a menu and cutlery wrapped in a yellow or blue ribbon.

The food prepared by Jamie Oliver and a Ukrainian chef Yurii Kovryzhenko, served by a team of willing helpers, all volunteers.

On the table a large plate of fermented vegetables. Help yourself, washed down with Dima’s vodka, a three-grain Ukrainian vodka.

Followed by soup, borscht, a beetroot soup.

Followed by slow roast belly pork served with new potatoes.

Followed by dessert, dumpling filled with I think apricots, together with cream and raspberries.

Part way through the dinner, a lottery draw, with prizes which included a complete set of signed Jamie Oliver cookbooks. Myself and my guest twice missed by one number, then me by two.

I have never tried Ukrainian food before, I had no idea what to expect, the names meant nothing. Would I even like?

Menus wrapped in ribbons, alternated blue and yellow along the table and across the table.

The food was amazing. As was the white wine and vodka.

Special thanks to Jamie for an amazing evening, excellent food, and to all his willing helpers, who volunteered their time for free.

I had spoken to Jamie earlier, I have an idea. We like ideas, we must discuss later. But sadly did not see later to discuss or to explain the idea.

Last year I met Mad Heads, a coffee roastery in Kyiv. Excellent coffee. I have have been in contact with them recently. Yes, they can ship coffee to Ukraine.

i would ask, please talk to your local specialty coffee shop. Would they like to stock and serve Mad Heads as guest coffee?

Prawn toast toasties

February 28, 2021

King prawns, spring onions, ginger, toasted between two slices of bread. What could be easier? What could go wrong?

Simplification of a Jamie Oliver recipe, skipped the egg and sesame seeds.

Two spring onions, thumb length of ginger, half a dozen king onions, finely chopped, mixed, then between two slices of bread. I wished for whole meal bread, made do with sourdough bread.

Rapeseed oil in a hot pan, could be olive oil. Bread three minutes each side, followed by a minute each side.

I had the pan on high, medium heat would have been preferable. First side burnt, turned heat down to medium. But I was worried the raw prawns cooked.

The result, not good. Crispy if not burnt on the outside, soggy in the middle.

Prawns cooked? I did not get food poisoning so I guess yes.

Featured on Channel 4 Keep Cooking Family Favourites and in 7 Ways.

Not a recommended dish.

sausage pepper and pasta

August 7, 2020

Pasta with sausage and pepper, plus a few other ingredients thrown in for good measure.

A post with a Jamie Oliver dish, but no link to what they have made.

I have never understood why people do this, mention something, but lack the courtesy to provide a link.

A search on keywords, I could not find the dish, but settled on something similar in a youtube video.

I did not have the exact ingredients, decided to settle on Lincolnshire sausages and pasta from Redhill Farm shop, a pepper off new fruit and vegetable stall at Lincoln Central Market, then improvise with what I had to hand, but roughly follow what Jamie Oliver had outlined.

Redhill Farm shop has excellent Lincolnshire sausages, I chose their chipolata version they happily did the pinch and twist, leaving me with little chipolatas of the correct size.

When I have their Lincoln sausages I buy four, quite large and sufficient for two people. Therefore 300g of the chipolatas would be ideal.

Extra virgin cold pressed rape seed oil. I lacked olive oil. I would have extra virgin cold pressed from a  deli in Athens.

Into the pan the chipolatas sizzling away. A mistake I made, did not brown them enough.

Layered fresh from the garden and from local fruit and vegetable shops, runner beans, a couple of florets from a cauliflower, chopped and diced red onion, sliced red pepper, sliced stick of celery.  No herbs, I was not able to obtain fresh herbs. Maybe something to grow on the patio in terracotta pots.

Sizzled away for ten minutes.

Add red cherry tomatoes sliced in half, water, balsamic vinegar, a sprinkling of pepper.  Simmer for twenty minutes.

I was using a large frying pan. Poured into a glassware casserole dish, which I had first warmed with hot water, then into an oven for 25 minutes at 180 C.

Pasta tortiglioni not ideal, dropped into a pan of boiling water, simmered for 12 minutes.

The dish was very tasty, no fresh herbs as not able to obtain.  The pasta though a grave disappointment.

Sacrilege, replace the pasta with new potatoes would improve the dish.


Cappuccino and toastie at Jamie’s Coffee

October 5, 2019

It is easy to see why Jamie’s Italian failed, a talented chef does not a successful chain make.

The same is true of Jamie’s Coffee at Gatwick North Terminal.

What started as a van, now a counter serving coffee, toasted sandwiches and cakes.

The coffee low quality Italian coffee, or was.

Not sure if still cheap Italian coffee as could not see what it was, but not good.

What is depressing is what could be.

Sussex and nearby Brighton no shortage of high quality coffee roasteries. This could be a coffee shop showcasing the best London, Sussex and Surrey has to offer on coffee, different rotation of guest coffee.

And you do not improve by wasting money on PR, improve by focusing on quality, buying speciality coffee, employing skilled baristas.

Coffee at Gatwick Airport

June 2, 2017

What is the point of serving coffee if you cannot make the effort to serve a decent cup of coffee?


My instinctive reaction to spit it out, undrinkable.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s Coffee Lounge is variable from poor to just about acceptable.

But why source a rubbish Italian brand for catering supplies when there are excellent coffee roasters to choose from in London and locally in Sussex?

A Gateway into the country, should not Jamie Oliver be showcasing the best coffee, a house blend and guest coffees?

If FCB can do it at Guildford and Brighton Stations, why cannot Jamie Oliver at Gatwick Airport?

Joes Coffee House

Joes Coffee House clams to be a coffee shop, but not a clue on coffee.

No idea of roast date, coffee not ground fresh for each cup, cappuccino made far too hot.

The porridge was ok and certainly better than the disgusting English breakfast served at Wetherspoon opposite.

They serve excellent fresh orange juice.

Cappuccino at Jamie´s Gatwick

November 12, 2016

Jamie Oliver should know better, Italy is not synonymous with good coffee.

Shame on Jamie Oliver when there are many quality independent coffee roasters he could source his coffee from.

Cappuccino at Jamie’s Coffee Lounge

June 2, 2015

cappuccino at Jamie's Coffee Lounge

cappuccino at Jamie’s Coffee Lounge

 Jamie's Coffee Lounge at Gatwick North Terminal

Jamie’s Coffee Lounge at Gatwick North Terminal

Jamie Oliver at Gatwick

Jamie Oliver at Gatwick

Gatwick cannot cope with existing passenger flow, and yet is demanding a second runway.

Arrive late at night. No trains. Conversely early flight, no trains.

Net result is many people are stranded at Gatwick overnight, or arrive late at  from a late flight, or there for an early flight on the morning.

For these passengers, very few park benches to kip for the night.

There was a few on an upper floor at North Terminal near entrance to Hampton Hotel, but now the entire floor appears boarded off for building work.

Seats near  Jamie’s Coffee Lounge by the entrance to North Terminal.

Seats overlooking arrivals in South Terminal.

This lack of seats where people can kip down is a disgrace.

A sleepless night on a very hard uncomfortable metal park bench by Jamie’s Coffee Lounge. Not helped by a Greek-American woman flying fom Seattle to Greek Islands via Chicago and London keeping everyone awake until 3am with her loud voice.

By now, turning very cold.  Shivering under blanket and coat

4am, arrivals start coming into the terminal.

4am, leather sofa comes free at  Jamie’s Coffee Lounge.

Bliss compared with a hard metal park bench. And warmer too.

By now noisy.

Jamie’s Coffee Lounge functions all night.

Very busy until around 2am. By 4am not busy.

6-30am, time to stir.

The least could do was buy a cappuccino.

Not bad, though by no means the best. Certainly much better than the disgusting coffee served by Starbucks or Costa.

Jamie’s Coffee Lounge used to be a van with a few seats. Has now expanded into a lounge. The van is still there.

In the morning it is chaos at Gatwick Station. Once again indicating Gatwick could not cope with a second runway.

There is a possibility of Reading-Gatwick train running 24-hours, but not until May 2016.

There should be no second runway at Gatwick or a third runway at Heathrow. Either would be an environmental disaster.  Any expansion should be at regional airports.

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