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Last night after pouring a very large Hendricks and tonic….classy….we put 87 minutes on the Monkfish Towers clock and got stuck into another Jamie Oliver 30 minute meal.  Yes bloggers, we’re not daft, Ms Monkfish, the number cruncher took 30 minutes, times’d it by 2.9 and cranked the stop watch up to 87 minutes. Then battle commenced…..

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Right, enough’s enough, it’s about time somebody stood up for the nation and shouted out ‘30 minute meals….my ar$e’ in true Jim Royal style!

You already know what I’m talking about, you should do, over 1.5 million of you have bought a copy (and that includes me!) and it’s spent a whopping 6 months as number 1 of the hardback non-fiction chart.
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Saturday, it was time for a change of pace and head west for Glasgow…once more our city has been invaded by festival-goers, time to escape!  Priority of visit was to try out Jamie’s Italian which has a beautiful location on George Square in the old GPO building.

Da-da…here it is..so far so good.

Jamie's Italian, Glasgow

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Awesome!! Well, that’s one word to describe Jamie Oliver’s chocolate brownies…others would include ‘heavenly’ and ‘divine’ and Mr Predictable who has just downed one in about 2 mouthfuls declared them ‘hardcore’, in a nice way I think?!  Do I need to go on…oh ok then, you should at least see a picture of them, if only to drool even more….

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These were so simple to make but the result definitely depends on the quality of the chocolate you use. I used Green & Blacks dark cooking chocolate plus Green & Blacks cocoa powder, well worth it for that smooth rich chocolatey taste.  I also added chopped brazil nuts (good for the GI diet?!) and dried cranberries…..see how well I’m sticking to my five a day??

This recipe is from Cook With Jamie, page 384. So here they are in all their glory.


I’m typing this while tucking into one….life’s good!


Phew, first off apologies for my time away…me and Mr Predictable have been doing all sorts of nonsense but mostly ‘stuff’ that involves the letters ‘D’, ‘I’ and the dreaded ‘Y’…and boy, how time consuming that little lot is.  We’re not talking hours or days here, literally weeks of the stuff.  Since Jan 2010 to be precise…!!!! Guess my own fault for marrying what can only be described as a DIY perfectionist, and that trait mixed with my impatience at all things interior don’t a good match make 😉  I digress…

Needless to say the cooking reluctantly took a step back and the takeaways of Edinburgh made it to the short dial on our landline…surprisingly some were actually quite good! More on those another time… We did venture out too bloggers, it wasn’t all about yellow pizza boxes arriving in mini coopers and foil trays, small bags of salad and blue plastic bags (Indian takeouts of our lovely city, that’s you!). I have a few eating establishments to blog about too so watch this space.

Anyway, no more excuses, let’s cut to the chase. Finally I had time this weekend to come up with this little number…

Jamie O and his fantastic fish lasagne

Jamie Oliver, love him or hate him?  I’m of varying mixed opinions (mostly average to very good) depending on who I’m talking to but the proof is in the pudding and just look at this little pudding!  I’ve invested a lot of money in Jamie O’s books as I find the recipes really accessible and sooo flavoursome and this fantastic fish lasagne was a triumph.

This is out of his ‘COOK with JAMIE’ book, page 78. It’s a Venetian style baked fish dish (salmon, cod and prawns, yum) that is ‘really special’ and no doubt ‘pukka’ too 😉  We both loved it and there are leftovers aplenty, result.

Another hit for me and Mr P, well chuffed with effort put in (quite an effort, more length of prep time than anything majorly complicated) and tasty tasty very very tasty.  Prep time allowed the chef plenty of time to slurp a nice chilled Gavi, delish.

Today I am loving Mr O 🙂