Saturday, June 29, 2024

Weekend Cooking: 5 Ingredients Meditteranean by Jamie Oliver

I have had a version of this post saved in draft for a few months now, but it looks like today is the day that I am actually going to post it. And I have to say that my thoughts now would probably be different compared to what it would have been! This is mainly because I buy a few too many cookbooks and so I may have been able to pick more recipes previously than I can now.

This is one of those cookbooks which I originally borrowed from the library, but I decided that there were enough recipes in it that we would want to cook that it was worth actually buying it. In the end we have tried a few recipes, but there really is one recipe that we have made quite regularly.

I am always a bit wary of 3/4/5 ingredient cookbooks. Quite often the recipes are nice enough, but not really delicious. Of course, I like easy and simple recipes, but sometimes you can tell. And sometimes, the reality is that the recipes have one ingredient which is made up of multiple ingredients. For example, in one of the recipes one of the ingredients is a medley of frozen vegetables which feels a bit like it is cheating. Now, we can't actually get that specific medley of vegetables here but we did just use a different medley of vegies instead.

The book is broken up in Salads, Soups & Sarnies, Pasta, Veg, Pies and Parcels, Seafood, Fish, Chicken & Duck, Meat, and finally Sweet Things

Recipes we've tried so far

Beef Ribs Rioja - This was delicious and given how cold it is, we should try this again. Given how cold it is here, we should definitely make this again.

Herby Steak and crispy potatoes - We did make this a couple of times. I should suggest we add it back into our meal planning

Chicken & Merguez Stew - We had to use different sausages as it isn't easy to find Merguez sausages here.  

Creamy Mustardy Pork - More about this below

Giant Baked Beans - This was okay.

I would like to make at least some of the following recipes:

Baked Tomato Soup

Tunisian Prawn Spaghetti

Tortilla Frittata

Pork and Peppers 

Simple Steamed Fish

Crispy Paprika Chicken

Za'atar Chicken

Couscous & Chicken Bake

Apple Tart

Lemon Curd Tart

It is mostly the meat and chicken chapters that I can see us coming back to time and time again!

The recipe that we have made multiple times is the Creamy Mustardy Pork. It's super simple to make, and as long as you have the ingredients the sauce is something that we could use on chicken, on pork chops and potentially even steak. It's pretty versatile and given that it takes about 10 minutes to cook, it's a great midweek meal, especially served with mash! We don't usually use the rocket either!

Creme Fraiche is in the supermarket but is not a mainstream ingredient here so we tend to use either yoghurt or sour cream.

Creamy Mustardy Pork

Golden Mixed Mushrooms, Creme Fraiche & Peppery Rocket

300g pork fillet

200g mixed mushrooms

1 heaped teaspoon wholegrain mustard

2 heaped tablespoons creme fraiche

40 g rocket 

Place a large non-stick frying pan on a high heat. Slice the pork into 6 medallions, bashing to flatten slightly, and roughly slice the mushrooms. Place them in the pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until the mushrooms are golden and the pork is just cooked through, the remove just the mushrooms to a plat. Go in with the mustard and creme fraiche and cook for 1 last minute, loosening with a splash of water, if needed. Taste and season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper, divide between plates,, then scatter over golden mushrooms and rocket, and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Nice served with rice

Serves 2

Weekly meals

Saturday - Green Curry Chicken Pie
Sunday - Korean pancakes (new0
Monday - Takeaway
Tuesday - Takeaway
Wednesday - Fried Cabbage, Bacon and Onion (new)
Thursday - Steak, fries and egg
Friday - Shaking Beef and rice

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  1. That pork recipe sounds good, I don't like cooking pork tenderloin as it always seems to be too well done, but this would solve that problem.
    An egg with steak, count me in (and added to my meal plan!).
    Cabbage and bacon was a staple of my Irish mom and I have just reintroduced it to my rotation.
    I also want to try Korean pancakes.
    I promised myself I can't buy any more cookbooks because there is no room on the dedicated shelf (says she, as she bought The Curry Guy a couple of weeks ago).

    1. I hadn't eaten cabbage for so long! It was nice to revisit it again and we be adding it into our meal list for sure!

  2. I too am out of room for more cookbooks, and I know our little library does not have this book, but it sure looks interesting.

    1. I might need to buy a specific cookbook shelf unit!