Saturday, 9 February 2013

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals Challenge #3




This is round three of the J.O. vs Jo 15 minutes smack down, I am testing Jamie Oliver's recipes for his new 15 minute meals book. If you are playing along, leave a comment with your blog post link or just talk us through it in the comments section.

Recipe #3 Grilled Steak, Ratatouille & Saffron Rice pg 70

Sourcing the ingredients:
Harissa was bought through kenko
Everything else was bought at the supermarket or Hanamasa.

Cheats
We have regular Japanese rice and a rice cooker so I popped all the rice in the cooker an hour or so before we would be eating.

Ready, steady, cook...

I think this has been the easiest meal to put together to date. I did skip the fresh herb dressing for the steak because we hadn't got any herbs in and what we have in the garden isn't looking very healthy just now. Obviously the rice was a breeze, the steak took a bit longer to cook that I suspect Jamie did his because non of us like it bloody in the middle. The ratatouille was easy and would make a good lunch on it's own served with couscous.


Verdict
J.O.'s time 15 minutes
Jo's time 17 minutes
Family opinion - Ebi-kun 5/10
                           Daddy 8/10
                           Me 5/10 

This didn't score very high at all, Ebi-kun and I didn't like the rice much. I often make ratatouille in the tagine and add prunes to the dish, it is sweeter and much tastier, sorry Jamie, my tagine recipe is much tastier! All in all, I doubt I will be making this one again.

Notes to self:
Double check the table top grill is heating up!
If using bigger potatoes keep an eye on the cooking time

I would love to make this a community post so if you are joining please comment below, if you have landed here from a facebook group, I would love it if you could add your comments here rather than facebook so that everyone can read your feedback. If you have blogged about one of the 15 minute or 30 minute recipes then feel free to leave the link to the actual post and remember to say which recipe you used in the comment.

I have also started a pinterest board for my photos for the challenge, it you are a fellow pinterest addict and would like to contribute to the board, let me know and leave your pinterest name in the comments.

That wraps up round three, pop back next week for round four...

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