Quick, easy & del­ish!

JAMIE OLIVER de­liv­ers de­li­cious meals with just five in­gre­di­ents

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Food To Love -

Jamie’s new cook­book is per­fect for busy people, en­abling you to rus­tle up no-fuss, bud­get-friendly dishes with amaz­ing flavour. Here he talks about his love of cook­ing...

Who in­spired you?

When I was at cater­ing col­lege, I re­ally wanted to learn how to make per­fect pasta – and my teacher told me that there was only one man to learn this from: Mr Gen­naro Con­taldo. I man­aged to get a job on the pas­try sec­tion and wan­gled my way in to meet Gen­naro. He’s an ab­so­lute leg­end, and has been my men­tor and dear friend ever since.

De­scribe your home cook­ing...

[My wife] Jools tends to cook for the kids dur­ing the week and I’ll nor­mally take over at week­ends. We love a roast on a Sun­day – you can give it a bit of love in the morn­ing, get it in the oven and go and play with the kids or get on with what­ever you’ve got to do, then hours later you’ve got a lovely din­ner to look for­ward to.

What are your pantry es­sen­tials?

I have a list of five pantry in­gre­di­ents, which are re­ally my ev­ery­day sta­ples – olive oil for cook­ing, ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil for dressing and fin­ish­ing, red wine vine­gar as a good all-rounder, and, of course, sea salt and black pep­per for sea­son­ing.

What kitchen item couldn’t you live with­out?

If you’ve got a good set of pans then you’re half­way there in the kitchen.

What do you whip up at home?

For me, the book is all about hav­ing dif­fer­ent gears for dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios. Fit­ting sim­ple, gor­geous, bold food, made from scratch into your own sched­ule – that’s what makes it quick and easy. In the Oliver house­hold, the easy sausage car­bonara is a hit with the whole gang and the chicken dishes are go­ing down re­ally well. 5 In­gre­di­ents — Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver (Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $49.99).

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