OLIVER’S QUICK HEALTH SOLUTION
LESS is more. That is Jamie Oliver’s philosophy with Jamie’s
Quick & Easy Food. The celebrity chef has stripped back his recipes to five key ingredients for his new television show and accompanying cookbook.
The move echoes the work of Aussie foodies Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham, who published their first 4 Ingredients book in 2009.
Now Oliver is on the bandwagon with easy-to-make dishes, including chicken pot pie, crazy good pork burger and easy sausage carbonara.
Oliver says the move is designed to encourage people with busy lives to eat healthy rather than buy takeaway.
“I originally wrote the book for four ingredients and they (recipes) were good but I don’t think the Aussie public want good from me — I think they want something more exciting,” Oliver says.
“For me, five was the magic number. It meant that we could cook a good dish but also introduce a new ingredient (to each recipe). It could be Thai green curry paste or mango chutney or harissa paste. These things are in your pretty average supermarkets now.
“I’ve always been about making food as accessible as possible.”
Oliver has grown more outspoken since he came on the scene with The Naked Chef in 1999. He has campaigned for better food in schools, targeted cities with high obesity rates, and opened Ministry of Food centres across the UK and Australia.
Oliver’s latest campaign is a push for a soft drink tax to combat the global rise of type 2 diabetes. The father of five isn’t going to give up. “The Aussie government has sworn they’ll never do it … of course they’ll f---ing do it,” Oliver says. “It is the new normal. Get with it.
“I’ve been doing this (campaigning) for about 13 of my 20 years and I’m not stopping now. It is about right and wrong. It is about changing things. I’m pretty thickskinned. I do this because I have to.” / COLIN VICKERY