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 :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I've Discovered A New Way To Do Breakfast

Call it what you will-omelet, frittata anything you like but it is wonderful and so easy (this is not a Jamie meal but it was inspired by his cheats pizza). My boys LOVE omelets-especially my Ezra. He is mad about them. But it takes a long time to make all of us an individual omelet for breakfast so I thought I might try to make a gigantic one the same way Jamie makes the cheats pizza. Cook the bottom on the stove top and then pop it under the broiler to finish it off on top. For this one I cooked some streaky bacon in the over while I mixed up the eggs, milk, tomato, scallions, spices, basil, fresh red chili and garlic. I heated olive oil and a little butter together in the pan and then poured in the mixture. When it was cooked about 3/4 of the way through I crunched the bacon over the top, sprinkled a little cheese on and popped it under the broiler and cooked the top.

The results were amazing. Everyone loved it and wanted to have it again. It was fast and easy and since I put Ethne's in a tortilla she ate most of it. She HATES eggs unfortunately.
I reproduced this one and will post the results soon. I have better pictures of that one.

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