Meet My Hero

04 May Meet My Hero

I’ve had a lot of great mentors when it comes to cooking, mom, grandma, three aunts who are amazing cooks. So when I first saw this baby-face who went by the name of The Naked Chef, I was already very familiar with the kitchen. But this guy, he was something else. First of all, he was adorable, lisp and all. But the way he cooked, that’s what really won me over. His rustic style, his way of explaining things, knowing how to indulge on healthy real food, and the passion he had (and still has) about food he made, I mean, really, what’s not to love! This all happened when I was 19 years old. I’m really not interested in saying how long ago that was (feeling very old right about now).

Jamie's Fried Chicken

Jamie’s Fried Chicken

Ever since then, Jamie Oliver has been awe inspiring in my eyes. His idea to take kids who didn’t have much education for whichever reason it may be, and train them in his own restaurant (something he is now doing in numerous countries around the world). His strive to make a worldwide food revolution. Changing school meals, trying to get gardening and healthy cooking as part of a school education and so on and so forth. You know he’s not just doing it for the money. And doing all of that while being an adorable family man!

Anyways I could go on forever about Jamie, but the reason I’m writing this is to give me some of our favorite Jamie Oliver recipes, tested and approved. I’ve made most of these recipes more than once, and can highly recommend them all (there are a few more I wanted to mention, but I couldn’t find a link to them online unfortunately). So here we go!

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Vegetarian

Fish

Soups

Meat

And following the Roast recipe, here’s Jamie’s Sloppy Brisket Po’ Boy recipe, using the roast leftovers. Gotta love that guy!

My philosophy to food and healthy eating has always been about enjoying everything in a balanced, and sane way. Food is one of life’s greatest joys yet we’ve reached this really sad point where we’re turning food into the enemy, and something to be afraid of. I believe that when you use good ingredients to make pasta dishes, salads, stews, burgers, grilled vegetables, fruit salads, and even outrageous cakes, they all have a place in our diets. We just need to rediscover our common sense: if you want to curl up and eat macaroni and cheese every once in a while – that’s alright! Just have a sensible portion next to a fresh salad, and don’t eat a big old helping of chocolate cake afterwards.

Knowing how to cook means you’ll be able to turn all sorts of fresh ingredients into meals when they’re in season, at their best, and cheapest! Cooking this way will always be cheaper than buying processed food, not to mention better for you. And because you’ll be cooking a variety of lovely things, you’ll naturally start to find a sensible balance. Some days you’ll feel like making something light, and fresh, other days you’ll want something warming and hearty. If you’ve got to snack between meals, try to go for something healthy rather than loading up on chocolate or potato crisps. Basically, as long as we all recognize that treats should be treats, not a daily occurrence, we’ll be in a good place. So when I talk about having a ‘healthy’ approach to food, and eating better I’m talking about achieving that sense of balance: lots of the good stuff, loads of variety, and the odd indulgence every now and then.

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