If you have followed me on Instagram over the past couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed I’ve been cooking up a storm from Jamie Oliver’s latest book, Quick and Easy Food.
A wonderful concept to encourage people to cook, breaking recipes down to five simple ingredients (supplemented with five pantry staples), really simplifying a range of wonderful dishes but not compromising on flavour. The best part? Most of them are able to be made in well under an hour (yes, really!). Which brings me to this post.
We’re back! Les Petits Chefs and Cooking Basics clubs have resumed for the year with a record number of boys interested! Sadly due to space constraints, I can’t take them all but I’m hoping to cycle through most of the boys in the very long term (it’s a good problem to have, right?). As you’ll know, I only have an hour to work with the boys each session so finding recipes that work is always a bit of a challenge. This book is the perfect curriculum for my younger boys so we’ll be using that all term! For my older boys, it was the perfect way to ease into what promises to be a fun term of guest chefs and field trips and a couple of surprises here and there!
This week, I wanted to start with something very simple, so I can get my bearings again (cooking with 15 boys in a crowded science lab with only a certain number of working power outlets poses some special challenges!) so I chose a dish that I fell in love with when I made it a couple of weeks ago – Jamie’s Lemony Courgette Linguine – a simple pasta dish with zucchini, mint, lemon and parmesan. I knew we could definitely get this done in an hour (the recipe says it takes 18 minutes. The older boys laughed when I told them this and said “This means an hour for cooking club”) and it’s a nice introduction to precise knife skills as the zucchini needs to be “matchsticked”.
The recipe teaches a bunch of useful techniques like, well, how to julienne vegetables, how to grate Parmesan…
Quick and Easy Food: 1
Time and space constraints: 0
Get the recipe for Jamie Oliver’s Lemony Courgette Linguine here.
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Disclosure: I am a sometime contributor to JamieOliver.Com, and a Food Revolution “Super Ambassador” for Canada, though I was supporting Jamie’s cause well before I was doing any of those things. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know how much of a Jamie fan I am and how strongly I believe in his message. I was not asked to write about this book, I purchased it myself.