How This Started and My Hope For This Experiment

My Husband and I are both big fans of Jamie Oliver. For Christmas I bought him Jamie's cookbook "Jamie's 30 Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast". As I read the preface of his cookbook I was inspired by his ideas. He felt that he was spending too much time cooking during the busy week and doing too much clean up. So he decided that for the week night meals there needed to be something quick and still healthy and yummy. He and his team did a lot of work and made the "30 Minute Meals". He has explicit directions for step by step getting the meal done in 30 min. He tells you what to do first, second, and third so that you have all dishes going at the same time, instead of making it dish by dish. Since we aren't doing once a month cooking right now I was captured by this idea and dying to start trying. I have been spending way too much time in the kitchen during the week and can't wait to be able to prepare good meals fast. My husband was all for it since he loves to eat great food and has a very particular palette. He will be making some of the meals on weekends when he isn't working because, this is after all, his cookbook :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Catherine Wheel Sausage, Horseradish Mash, Apple Salad, Sage and Leek Gravy and Stuffed Apples

Catherine Wheel Sausage, Horseradish Mash, Apple Salad, Sage and Leek Gravy and Stuffed Apples p.256
Here is the apple salad. Served with multigrain Ryvita crackers spread with cream cheese.
Very simple salad, just watercress, apple, lemon and the crackers with cream cheese. Light and tasty. Loved it!
This is the Catherine wheel sausage. Two strings of 6 each good-quality linked sausages. You just roll them up and then stuff sage leaves in between them and put them under the broiler. Easy as pie :)

You turn it over half way through cooking. One thing of 6 were pork and the other were venison.

To serve I pulled the sticks out and just cut them up for the kids.

This is the leek and sage gravy-before the sage. It was really quite good. just leeks, sage, chicken stock, flour and cider with a splash of boiling water.

The whole meal served! This was a really hearty fall or winter meal. I can see eating it on the very first cold day of the year. It is warming and smells like Thanksgiving dinner. We will be eating this again when it gets cold. Don't forget to serve this meal with chilled cider.

The salad was devoured by some of us and others thought it was just good.

Here is the desert. Baked apples like you have never in your life tasted. These were so so good. Again perfect for fall or winter. The were stuffed with a mixture of dried apricots, blanched almonds and caster sugar all ground up in the food processor with an egg. The egg keeps it all together and makes it easier to stuff. It also gives it a nice custard taste. Don't forget to pour over a little cream when serving. Quite indulgent if I do say so myself.

Don't forget to score the apples all the way around the middle so that they don't blow up in the microwave. You will loose all your insides.

This meal took me 50 min to make but I think I could make it faster. You bake the apples in the microwave while you are cooking the sausages under the grill. The salad is super fast. I just had some set backs while cooking. This meal was also a 9 by the big critic and by me. The kids gave it a 10 but they weren't wild about the stuffing in the apples. I was so surprised when the two older ones complained about the stuffing in the apples. They thought it was a little too nutty.
This will definitely be a repeat during winter.


  1. Nice one! It does look simple and yummy. About to try it after a freezing day (13deg) in Sydney

  2. Thanks for posting. I hope the meal is a success for you. I would love for you to come back and comment on how the meal went for you. We are currently in Sydney as well and just experienced the same weather. It was fun to get your comment and to realize we were having the same chilly weather :)