We recently purchased Jamie Oliver’s new book – Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals – and this week we’ve been trying out some of the recipes. I haven’t been home to watch the TV show but you can get some of the recipes at the Channel 4 website, or you could just buy the book.
The idea behind 30 Minute Meals is to cook a whole meal in 30 minutes – not just one dish. While I love this idea for when we have guests over, it isn’t practical on an every night basis. So far out of the four meals we’ve made, we haven’t actually made a whole meal, just the main dish and the sides. If you’re not making the whole meal it can be confusing with your timings as the recipes are laid out in stages, and don’t always include times because you’re meant to be cooking the whole meal. Apart from this, the recipes are incredibly easy to follow and you really can do them in 30 minutes, you don’t need to be fast or get flustered while cooking to do it either.
The spinach and feta pie really appealed to me and it was dead easy to make, but in a genius kind of way. It was really so easy, and looked so beautiful when it was cooked – this would be the perfect thing to cook for guests as it seems like the kind of dish that is a lot more work than it actually is. It’s also creative in its use of just one pan to make the whole thing so there’s not even a lot of cleaning up involved.
The complete meal serves 4-6 people – the other components of the dish are a cucumber salad, tomato salad and coated icecream. The pie is surprisingly filling and we ate only a 1/3rd of it between the two of us so I have no doubt this meal could serve 6 with the extras.
This was a creamy, rich and oozy pie and adding the cayenne pepper to the filo pastry gave it a really nice zingyness to the outside. The contrast of the crispy, buttery filo and the filling of the pie meant it was never too heavy or boring. I loved this pie and can’t wait to tuck into the leftovers for lunch today!