Time taken: 49′ 03″
You can find the recipe for this meal on the Channel 4 website (click here).
Tim: Another Not-In-30-Minutes Meal.
Tim: That’s not a huge surprise, is it? We haven’t hit the 30 minute mark yet.
Maureen: Anything you’ve never made before is going to slow you down. This book should have a disclosure that says these are 30 minute meals, once you’ve done them three or four times.
Tim: It’s true. The fastest recipes are the ones that you know by heart. You don’t get slowed down by having to read the method.
Tim: All the things were set out ahead of time. Did that help?
Maureen: You can only go so fast when you don’t know what you’re doing.
Tim: And if you’re going to be honest about it, setting out all the things ahead of time adds at least 15 minutes.
Andrew (11): Really it should be called Jamie’s 49-minute-meals.
Nicholas (7): No, it should be called Jamie’s 60 minute meals.
Maureen: But pasta shouldn’t take that long– isn’t it the ultimate fast food?– and it also wouldn’t be a meal.
Tim: Also, by rushing through the preparations, it means you make a big mess.
Maureen: He does say at the beginning of the book that you should embrace the mess, but I still don’t think it’s a good idea. Don’t you always say to me that I should take the time to clean up while I’m cooking?
Editor’s Note: At this point, Nicholas, who did not fancy the looks of either the pasta (With chili!) or the courgette salad, has wandered off to eat an apple. Hardly a success story, this one.
Tim: Should we wait for Nicholas to finish his apple and then have the dessert?
Andrew: What dessert?
Tim: This one.
Maureen: Do you think it doesn’t look very dessert like?
Andrew: Well, take away everything but the melon and you’ve got dessert.
Nicholas: Take away everything, add chocolate ice cream, and you’ve got dessert.
Andrew: (Prodding the melon and the proscuitto) I want to make sure it’s not alive before I consume it. Yes, it’s definitely dead. (Pause for chewing and swallowing) Ding! Thumbs up! Very nice!!
Tim: I know we keep saying this, but this book builds up expectations that aren’t realistic. You can’t do these meals in 30 minutes, unless you get someone to help or you’ve done it before or you leave a course out.
Maureen: Let’s not be so pessimistic. I’m sure we’ll get one done by the end of the month.
Tim: If you put on your track shoes, maybe…