Those of you who are regular readers of The Travelling Chopsticks, know that Jamie Oliver is one of my favourite chefs. Not only do I really enjoy his cookbooks and recipes as they are consistently spot on, but I love and support what he stands for: Bringing back real food to our tables.
Jamie Oliver’s current campaign I feel is one of his most important to date – to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum. Today, with over 42 million children under the age of five overweight or obese in the world, it is time to act!
When I left Singapore in 2010 to move to Mexico (to literally move in with this boy I had been having a long distance relationship with for the past year or so), I moved with a suitcase. I sold or gave away most of my furniture and packed down a few boxes of personal possessions that meant something to me and stored them at my parents. This was my exit strategy. The less things I brought with me to Mexico, the easier it would be to pack-up and leave if things did not work out.
Luckily for me they worked out perfectly, unluckily for my parents, they where lumbered with these boxes for the last few years. So when I was finally back in Singapore over Christmas, I went through them and come accross all my old cookbooks which I was planning on giving away, but just couldn’t bare to do it – so brought them all back to Brazil with me!
I have found it really difficult to blog regularly the last few weeks and I apologise – this little thing called ‘work’ seems to be taking up most of my free time, and the rest of my free time, is occupied by day dreaming, researching, and talking about a little matter of my our ‘wedding’.
Jamie Oliver has been my go to guy for many a recipe, but none more so than for his basic risotto recipe. It has become a staple. It is fail-proof and will always result in that perfect creamy yet somehow ‘light’ risotto. The best thing about making risotto is that you can pretty much add whatever you want to the rice depending on what you are in the mood for, and what ingredients you have at hand. Keep Reading
This is an incredibly easy, yet delicious potato dish to make – in fact we made it as a side dish with the Cornish Hens in Garlic and Rosemary the other day and it worked beautifully. It was almost like that elusive ‘perfect roast potato’ that I can never seem to grasp – crispy on the outside and lovely and soft on the inside. Keep Reading
This recipe is one that I adapted from Jamie Oliver’s lasagna recipe – which I love and would highly recommend anyone to try it. Jamie O’s Lasagna.
However, he does claim that it is a very simple recipe, but I beg to differ! There is quite a lot of faffing about – such as buying fresh pasta sheets and pre-cooking them, roasting butternut squash and adding it into the meatsauce (which does taste fantastic!) and although that is all very good…sometimes you just don’t have time or the energy, and you just want to make something – well…simple! Keep Reading