For a start, the gratuitous use of the photo is because she’s an absolute honey:
Now to the issue. Dearest Sarah Rainey, who looks all of 16 as a few commenters mentioned, has problems with Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals:
My kitchen is full of smoke. I’m tossing a sizzling wok of vegetables with my left hand and searing a sirloin steak with my right. Mushrooms are browning in another pan, and a nest of egg noodles is congealing in a pot of bubbling salt water.
Presumably this is the famous multitasking we hear about ad nauseam.
I’m attempting a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s new book, Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, and rather than the “delicious, nutritious, super-fast food” that’s promised, I’m feeling flustered, hungry and stressed out.
My first thought was: “Perhaps for you dear,” but then lionel_joseph said it so much better:
I hate to find myself defending the fat tongued mockney eedjut [referring to Jamie, not Sarah of course - JH], but if it takes you 5 minutes to finely chop some ginger, garlic and chillis then you’re not really that competent with a knife. That’s no great sin, but knife skills aren’t an unimportant part of being a “competent cook” which is what you claim to be.
I’d also suggest that the amount of time it takes to cook something for the first time is probably not an accurate reflection of how long it really takes for the meal to be prepared. Unless you’re very prepared, it’s will always take longer the first time and after a few attempts you’ll be much quicker. That would really be a much fairer assessment.
I’m going to go and self flagellate now as penance for doing his publisher’s job.
Incidentally, that comment had the most likes of any. Maybe our Sarah should stick to journalism.
No, hang on …