Tuesday 17 October 2017

'I could have sneaked under the half hour if I pushed it'

So, after all the hype, is 30-Minute Meals any good?

Generally, the critical reception has been positive, and the concept -- putting a wholesome, three-course supper on the table in the same time it takes to heat up a ready-made meal -- is a winner.

However, the premise that all 50 meals in the book can be cooked in 30 minutes flat is stretching it.

'The Guardian' tested out many of the recipes, and found that most took more than half-an-hour and involved much cleaning-up afterwards.

One amateur tester took one hour and 10 minutes to make red Thai prawn curry with jasmine rice, cucumber salad and papaya platter, plus 40 minutes to clean up the mess she'd made.

So far, I have cooked six or seven of Jamie's meals and, while each has taken longer than 30 minutes, I reckon that I could have sneaked under the half-hour if I'd really pushed myself.

All went down well with my family, with Summer Veg Lasagne, Tuscan Tomato Salad and Mango Cornets a particular winner.

Jamie stresses the advance assembly of all ingredients and implements, and, to save time, he relies heavily on his food processor .

He also includes links to video footage of various dishes on his website, so there is help available.

Also, jamieoliver.com has forums, links and other content to help the hapless home cook.

Irish Independent

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