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Anna: We did it! The penultimate recipe of the month and we finally did it! I haven’t of course mentioned the 15 minutes it took up front to get everything prepared.
Peter: Yes. I think this recipe benefited from the food processer. And given it was a stirfry it was always going to create a lot of mess. So the Jamie approach in this case wasn’t as disruptive as other recipes.
Peter: Aha! But would you also have prepared a cucumber salad and a papaya platter within the same time frame?
Anna: Well no. But did you think those two additional dishes made the meal?
Peter: They weren’t bad. But they also weren’t essential.
Anna: Another brilliant extraneous Jamie dish. Cut a couple of items of fruit in half lengthwise and put them on a plate with some mint leaves and some yoghurt with lime zest. Honestly. I had to get you to chop it up and turn it into a fruit salad in order to eat it.
Peter: Did you notice how he gets you to take every component of the meal to the table in a separate bowl? Is this a ruse to raise sales of the Jamie Oliver (TM) crockery range? You’d need a table like an airfield to fit everything on it.
Anna: Did you enjoy it though?
Anna: And the salad? And the platter?
Peter: The salad was a bit wasted really. And you de-plattered your platter. I know what a papaya tastes like. I don’t need Jamie to present it to me in a different way. I prefer my bananas in other directions than lengthways.
Anna: What about the prawn crackers, which I lovingly poured from the packet into a bowl?
Peter: Presentation was first class. I wouldn’t have noticed if they weren’t there.
Anna: So it was broadly a success, but not worth the mess. I’d be lying if I said I’d make it again.