having been ill for a week i’ve had the chance to catch up on watching a bit of tv, which has included several episodes of jamie oliver’s 15 minute meals. i like jamie’s approach to cooking, with big flavours and recipes/techniques that deliver a lot of flavour for not too much effort. variations on his bloke’s pasta is a dish which i make time and time again.
the 15 minute meals are necessarily scaled back but there are lots of interesting ideas tucked into the recipes. one which i’ve already tried out was adding a preserved lemon to bulgar wheat when you cook it. when the wheat is cooked it then gets mashed to a pulp and stirred through the wheat along with fresh parsley, to give a fresh lemony hit. i liked this a lot and can see it working well with other grains. i served this with slow-cooked neck of lamb to which i’d added some aubergine cubes – the lamb and aubergine were silky soft and richly flavoured, which contrasted perfectly with the bulgar.