So I have put the above photo up to show you what it is supposed to look like. This Jamie Oliver book certainly has lots of lovely, stylish photos in it. I just still can't seem to organise myself to be able to do anything other than take a very rushed photo of a meal in among all the mess of cooking it so that we can dig in while it's still hot and before we get "hangry" (- a friend's description of her husband when he needs to be fed!).
I'm looking for tips people. All you out there with impossibly stylish food blogs. Do you cook something to be photographed at a time when noone is hungry, there are no children running about causing mayhem, you have a maid cleaning up after you as you go along? Do you have an area in front of a window all set up ready to accept pretty food for photographing? Do you have endless stores of pretty china for any occasion and beautiful linens? Is it is just that I am the worst housewife going?
Here are my photos anyway of the meal I made for the 19th Random Recipe Challenge. I randomly selected Jamie's 30 Minute Meals. I have never cooked anything from this at all. My Auntie won it in a raffle a few months back and donated it to me. I have been trying not to acquire any more cookbooks but I have heard good things about this one so I gladly accepted.
The page I chose randomly was titled Chicken Skewers, Amazing Satay Sauce, Fiery Noodle Salad and Fruit and Mint Sugar. I omitted the dessert due to a lack of time and the fact we have loads of cakes and chocolate and fruit and yogurts and all sorts of nonsense needing used up already.
I enjoyed making this. Fairly low faff. Bung everything in a food processor kind of stuff. All quick and easy to make. The end result was yummy. I would certainly make this again but it has also made me feel very positive about using this book again for easy teas for the kids.