Every year I buy my son Henry a Jamie Oliver cookbook for Christmas. He's 13 now, I'm not sure when I started this, I think I have more books than those in the photo, but can't find them right now. I don't think he has ever used any of them but that's okay, I use them a lot and he will always have them. Although when he finally does take them I will probably have to replace them for my own use.
I use the 30 Minute Meals book the most, I do like Jamie Olivers style and flavours, I may not make all the recipes in the 30 minute meal as most of them include a dessert and a couple of sides. When I first got this book I did do them all and it can be done in 30 minutes if you are prepared and move as quick as Jamie does. This isn't usually the case for me. But his recipes are always good to me, they work, I trust him and that's so important to me as I hate it when a recipe fails and food gets wasted.
This photo is from one of his first books. We see him everywhere these days, it's amazing really how prolific he has become.
What a great photo, looks so good. I won't have his new book, Comfort Food until Christmas day when henry unwraps it but that hasn't stopped me from cooking some of the recipes, this one, Insanity Burgers, is already a favourite and i'm making it tonight for the third time, with a mushroom in place of the meat for me (vegetarian). I made this the other night, Vege Chilli, really good.
I have started knitting this poncho for Rosa (2.5yrs) for next winter. Because I'm not a huge fan of summer, I like to keep some winter type activities going throughout the year.
I have been feeling inspired to revisit my childhood lately and read some novels from that wistful time of innocence. I'm currently reading, Over Sea Under Stone, by Susan Cooper and just loving the idea of slipping into that world of childhood adventure for a few hours, very therapuetic.