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Jamie Oliver’s “Ministry of Food”

Jamie Oliver’s “Ministry of Food”

When I moved in with my boyfriend, I promised to cook once a week. Well, a year and a half later–that promise was definitely not kept! (In my defense he is the owner of a gourmet food store as well as a “chef”– but I won’t make excuses!)  So, in a concerted effort to change and stick to a New Year’s resolution, I have become Jamie Oliver’s #1 fan! I chose Jamie Oliver, not only because his British charm gets me every time, but he also creates homey, heart warming meals, perfect for this time of year.  I have watched several episodes of “Jamie at Home” and recently become a huge fan of his most recent venture, “Ministry of Food” – super easy recipes for a beginner like me. Cooking demonstrations are never more than 10 minutes long and each recipe usually involves about 5-10 ingredients and at the most 10 steps. “Ministry of Food” can be downloaded from i-tunes or watched on his website. My piece of advice to every beginner out there – start watching! His goal is to inspire individuals to get back into the kitchen and make simple, delicious meals at home. I would say I am most definitely inspired and can’t wait to turn the stove on! See below for the first recipe I plan on trying out – I’m sure it will quickly become a household favorite!



sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g long-grain or basmati rice
1 x 230g sirloin or rump steak
a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic
½ a fresh red chili
2 spring onions
a small bunch of fresh coriander
2 tablespoons sesame oil
groundnut oil
2 tablespoons of good-quality black bean sauce
2–3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 limes
1 egg, preferably free-range or organic

To Prepare Your Stir Fry:
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the rice and cook according to the packet instructions
Drain the rice in a sieve, run it under a cold tap to cool, then allow to dry out in the fridge
Trim any excess fat from your steak and slice the meat into finger-sized strips
Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic
Finely slice the chili
Cut the ends off your spring onions and finely slice
Pick the coriander leaves and put to one side, and finely chop the coriander stalks
Get yourself a big bowl and put in the ginger, garlic, chili, spring onions, coriander stalks and steak strips
Add the sesame oil and mix everything together

To Cook Your Stir Fry:
Preheat a wok or large frying pan on a high heat and once it’s very, very hot add a good lug of groundnut oil and swirl it around
Add all your chopped ingredients from the bowl
Give the pan a really good shake to mix everything around quickly
Stir-fry for 2 minutes, taking care to keep everything moving so it doesn’t burn
Add the black bean sauce, and stir in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and the juice of half a lime
Keep tossing
Taste and season with black pepper and a little more soy sauce
Remove the pan from the heat, transfer everything to a bowl and cover with tin foil
Give the pan a quick wipe with a ball of kitchen paper and put back on the heat
Add a lug of groundnut oil and swirl it around
Crack in your egg and add a tablespoon of soy sauce – the egg will cook very quickly so keep stirring
Once it’s scrambled, stir in your chilled rice, scraping the sides and the bottom of the pan as you go
Keep mixing for a few minutes until the rice is steaming hot, then taste and season with a little soy sauce
To serve your stir-fry
Divide the rice between two bowls or plates
Spoon over the meat and black bean sauce and sprinkle over the coriander leaves
Serve with wedges of lime – great!

Posted by Meghan