This blog is a Show and Tell, started by Sarah Miles and her blog What Would Nigella Do? I am playing “catch up” as this is the second week’s topic, and I’ve missed the link again!
This week is “favourite celebrity chef” and I have to say I’m not particularly loyal to one chef. When I left home I was packed off with the complete book of Delia Smith, which is certainly well-thumbed. Since then, I’ve done my own thing, copied from friends, but never found one chef that I’d always turn to. Now I have two favourites – Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson, although when I get my hands on Lisa Faulkner’s book, I think she’ll be up there too.
I love the way Jamie Oliver cooks, a lug of this and that, bunch of herbs etc, and I always enjoyed watching his programmes on the telly. I have found his recipes easy to follow and the results never disappointing. In some cases I do add more of the spices for my taste; for instance his fish pie in”Ministry of Food” is really yummy with a bit of chilli added (an idea “borrowed” from my sister-in-law). I am also a great fan of what he has has done for school meals, in practical terms, as well as raising awareness.
A close second is Nigella Lawson, whose “Nigella Express” is another well used book. I love the way she seems to chat in her recipes, my favourite of this being Nutella Pancakes – where the pancakes are bought and it’s very easy to make, however as she says “I long for this pudding almost constantly, and it is not good that it is so easy to make, not good at all”. Also I find her recipes very tasty, and very easy to follow – with simple steps and not heaps of ingredients. I now have the confidence to use friends as “guinea pigs” and do not need to try them out in advance.
Now that I am up to date – bring on the next one Sarah….!