Jamie and Me (Part 2 of my Julie and Julia project)

As described in my post: Working-Mom Problem No.1: Feeding the Hoard this winter I have decided to work through my hoard of cookbooks in an attempt to find new family recipes that I can cook quickly in the evenings that are both delicious and nutritious.

This week I continue with some meals from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food. Jamie’s website gives the recipe for these dishes (and a few variations) so I won’t repeat the instructions or ingredients here. This week I tried Baked Camembert Pasta and Chicken and Leek Stroganoff.


Baked Camembert Pasta

Straight up I am going to tell you this is delicious. It is poured cheese over pasta. Always a winner. However, it terms of a family meal this misses the target a little bit. Its too rich for my toddler to enjoy, there is not enough to feed a whole family of adults and if there were any leftovers, they would be a clump of solidified cheese and pasta – uck! and there is no protein – I had to add chicken. So while I enjoyed this as a special treat (and I might keep it in my back pocket for valentines or birthdays) – a family recipe it is not.

On the Working Mom’s Scale

  1. Its super delicious but calorific ….. 3/10
  2. Cooking was quick and easy …. 7/10
  3. Leftovers were awful …. 3/10
  4. Not suitable for my toddler because of the molten hot cheese … 5/10

Overall 4.5/10

Chicken Leek

Chicken and Leek Stroganoff

This was a total hit. It is yummy, everyone loved it, it was quick. Ding ding ding, we have a winner – this is going straight into the family cookbook.

On the Working Mom’s Scale

  1.  There is cream and butter, so while its good its not great in terms of the calories …7/10
  2. Simple and quick … 8/10
  3. Leftovers were perfect ….8/10
  4. Everyone liked it …. 8/10

Overall 8/10


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