My Year With Jamie

Ever since I was little, I have loved cooking. And ever since I discovered Jamie Oliver, I have loved Jamie Oliver. When I was able to eat at his Fifteen restaurant in 2015, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far. This year, one of my goals is to reconnect with the things that really make me happy: reading, photography, and cooking. 

When I was thinking about how to go about taking cooking from something utilitarian - what can I make quickly, that is mostly healthy, fits all of our dietary restrictions, and will keep well for my lunches during the work week - back to something pleasant that brings me joy & respite, I thought about the movie Julie & Julia. In real life, Julia Childs was not a fan of blogger Julie Powell's project, but I liked the idea of commiting to something for an entire year (plus you can't beat Meryl Streep).

This year, I've decided that I will complete 52 recipes from Jamie Oliver. I'll be using the ones I cut out of the Jamie Magazine subscription I had this year, plus recipes from five cookbooks:

  • Jamie's Italy
  • Cook With Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook
  • Jamie does... Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece, France
  • Jamie's Comfort Food
  • Everyday Super Food

Some weeks, I probably won't get around to making a recipe, or it simply won't fit in with our schedule and requirements that week. Other weeks, I might combine a couple of recipes to make a full meal. You can follow along on Instagram, where everything will be documented using the hashtag #myyearwithjamie. Periodically, I'll be updating the list below with my progress, as well as a tiny review of how the recipe worked out/tasted.

I'm really looking forward to this challenge. Some of the recipes are quite intricate, some are very simple, and some are old favorites, but all of them make me incredibly excited to get into the kitchen & create a few messes.

Are you planning any major creative projects this year?
I'd love to hear about them!

Recipes (in no particular order):

  1. Baked Egg in Beans (Everyday Superfood, p. 16)
  2. Toasted Oats (Everyday Superfood, p. 62)
  3. Cheese & Corn Pancakes (Everyday Superfood, p. 74)
  4. Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad (Everyday Superfood, p. 94)
  5. Corn & Quinoa Salad (Everyday Superfood, p. 152)
  6. Beetroot Winter Salad (Cook With Jamie, p. 36)
  7. Homemade Pasta Dough + Oozy Egg Ravioli (Cook With Jamie, p. 84/106)
  8. Schnitzel with Watercress & Homemade Applesauce (Cook With Jamie, p. 182)
  9. Chicken Tikka Masala (Comfort Foods, p. 16)
  10. Classic Porridge (Comfort Foods, p. 84)
  11. Insanity Burger (Comfort Foods, p. 94)
  12. Superfood Salad (Comfort Foods, p. 174)
  13. Saffron Risotto (Comfort Foods, p. 246)
  14. Eggs Benedict (Comfort Foods, p. 302)
  15. Tarte Tatin (Comfort Foods, p. 378)
  16. Stuffed Courgette Flowers (Jamie Does..., p. 78)
  17. Minestrone (Jamie Does..., p. 92)
  18. Swedish Meatballs (Jamie Does..., p. 130)
  19. Split Pea Soup (Jamie Does..., p. 132)
  20. Chicken, Olive, and Preserved Lemon Tagine (Jamie Does..., p. 208)
  21. Greek Salad (Jamie Does..., p. 238)
  22. Gigantes Plaka (Jamie Does..., p. 266)
  23. Chicken & Bean Soup (Jamie Does..., p. 310)
  24. Fried Ricotta (Jamie's Italy, p. 12) 
  25. Spaghetti Fritters (Jamie's Italy, p. 36)
  26. Fried Pizza (Jamie's Italy, p. 59)
  27. Pea Soup (Jamie's Italy, p. 80)
  28. Baked Pasta (Jamie's Italy, p. 114)
  29. Spring Veggie Stew (Jamie's Italy, p. 251)
  30. Farro with Tomatoes and Garlic
  31. Basic Stew with Mash Topping
  32. Baby Back Ribs with Grilled Corn
  33. Spiced Meatballs with Noodles and Pickled Watermelon
  34. Pot-roast Chicken
  35. Asparagus Carbonara
  36. Pappardelle with Fennel-Sausage Ragout
  37. Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup
  38. Watercress and Pork Balls Noodle Soup
  39. Poached Chicken and Asparagus Soup
  40. Bone Broth Brodo
  41. Blueberry Pancakes with Honeycomb and Bacon Butter
  42. Classic Crumpets
  43. Appel and Sorrel Granita
  44. Apple Bourdelot
  45. Lemon and Pistacchio Marble Cake
  46. Pavlova with Hibiscus-poached Pears
  47. Lemon Tart
  48. Sweetcorn Panacotta with Caramel Popcorn
  49. Coconut, Beef, and Potato Curry
  50. Wild Garlic, Mushroom, and Ricotta Tortellini
  51. Alpahabet Soup
  52. Citrus Trifle with Lemon Curd, Lime Sponge, and Orange Blossom Jelly