“Spinach & Feta Filo Pie, Cucumber Salad, Tomato Salad” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

Time Taken: 44′ 21″

You can find this recipe on the Channel 4 website (click here).

Also, Jamie Oliver has a video on how to assemble the pie under “How To’s” on his website here.

Andrew (11): What’s for dessert?

Maureen: There is no dessert tonight. I am rebelling against the dessert dictatorship of Jamie Oliver.

Nicholas (7): Oh no!

Maureen: You’ll survive. We don’t usually have dessert on weeknights anyway. What do you think?

Andrew: I like it.

Nicholas: Me too!

Andrew: I liked the pie best,  because I helped you make it.

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“Spinach & Feta Filo Pie, Cucumber Salad, Tomato Salad” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

“Broccoli Orecchiette, Courgette & Bocconcini Salad, Prosciutto & Melon Salad” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

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.

Maureen: Nope.

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.

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“Broccoli Orecchiette, Courgette & Bocconcini Salad, Prosciutto & Melon Salad” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

“Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, crunchy salad, garlic bread and silky chocolate ganache” from Jamie’s 30 minute meals

Time to table just over 34 minutes.

And there’s no conversation for this post, as it’s just me preparing, cooking, eating, tidying up and blogging away tonight.

But first, Jamie, if you’re reading this, my one small request about the next edition of this book would be for you to list the equipment needed for each recipe, especially if every minute needs to be accounted for. A small gripe, I know, but it’s difficult to keep with the flow when having to get more kit out all the time while trying to work to a deadline.

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“Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, crunchy salad, garlic bread and silky chocolate ganache” from Jamie’s 30 minute meals

“Sea Bass & Crispy Pancetta, Sweet Potato Mash, Asian Greens, 1-Minute Berry Ice Cream, Sparkling Lemon Ginger Drink” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

Time Taken: 49′ 11″

Mitigating Circumstances: At 9’41”, while chopping the garlic (my crusher isn’t as good as Jamie’s), a piece of garlic and/or chilli flew up into my eye and lodged into my contact lens. Despite my devotion to getting to 30 minutes uninterrupted, I had to turn the timer off and go scream due to the excruciating pain wash my eye out with cold water. However, my devotion to trying to beat the 30-minute marker is now apparent. I returned to the kitchen, and worked through the pain, but I believe the accident slowed me down for the remainder of the meal.

This link takes you to a copy of this recipe.

Tim: I think it’s all pretty good. As you know, I’m not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but sweet potatoes are all the rage these days.

Maureen: Would you eat the sweet potatoes again?

Tim: If I had to. But I like the vegetables quite a lot. It’s a nice Asian combination.

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“Sea Bass & Crispy Pancetta, Sweet Potato Mash, Asian Greens, 1-Minute Berry Ice Cream, Sparkling Lemon Ginger Drink” from “Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals”

“Tray-baked Chicken, Squashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach” from “30 Minute Meals”

Time taken: 29’43”

Tom: Well, I’m starting to see the point of this book. It’s like doing an obstacle course. Or going on an expedition. Or going down a roller-coaster. Whoosh!

Kirstin: No, it’s “The Generation Game”!

Tom: You get everything ready. Then you start the clock and you’re off! You have to go from one thing to another. After 30 minutes, you come out at the other end, and you have lots of food. But it’s non-stop. You are knackered. No standing around and drinking wine!

Kirstin: We had five minutes of standing around at the end. But only because we didn’t do the strawberry slushie drink that’s part of the recipe.

Tom: I think we could probably have done it in the time available. We just didn’t want to do it. Also, this time we didn’t wash up pans as we went along, which was good, because we had to reuse them a lot.

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“Tray-baked Chicken, Squashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach” from “30 Minute Meals”

“Bloody Mary Mussels” from “Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals”

Time Taken: 43 minutes

Maureen: I like it. It’s different from what we usually do with mussels, with the white wine and the shallots. It’s good to shake it up a bit. What do you think?

Tim: They’re nice.

Maureen: Would you want me to make it again?

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“Bloody Mary Mussels” from “Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals”

“Roast Beef, Baby Yorkies, Little Carrots, Crispy Potatoes and Super-Quick Gravy” from “Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals”

Time taken: 59 minutes

Read the full recipe from the Jamie Oliver site here.

Tim: It’s delicious, but it took 59 minutes.

Maureen: That’s not so surprising. I got exhausted just reading the directions. I’m surprised I wasn’t quicker, though, because I even watched the related television episode so I’d know just what to do. Obviously, it didn’t work.

Tim: The Yorkshire Puddings are nice. Is it a different recipe?

Maureen: It’s really simple. It’s so simple, I didn’t think it would work. But it did! They’re really nice. What did everyone think?

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“Roast Beef, Baby Yorkies, Little Carrots, Crispy Potatoes and Super-Quick Gravy” from “Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals”