Cooking through Jamie: 10 dinners

You may think I quit my cooking through Jamie challenge, but no, I didn’t. I’m going on strong with almost a third of the recipes left. I’ve learned a ton through the process and I really enjoy taking photos of whatever I make (there are few fails as well below). However, I’m no longer posting as often as I used to on the blog. There are a ton of recipes I’ve made lately, so today, here are ten of them, good and bad.

Jamie’s camembert parcels

Before I stopped eating cheese, which is quite recently, camembert was one of my favorites. Add to that a nice wintery salad with pomegranate and apple and you can have my heart. It’s no surprise this recipe was a huge hit for me.


It’s nothing substantial to have for dinner, but it’s a nice easy and fast lunch.


Oh, and did I mention the berry sauce? So good!


Highly recommended!


Jamie’s moroccan mussels

Recipe #2 is all about seafood. I’m not a huge fan of mussels, unless I am in Brussels, where I have to order a big pot with french fries, no less.


I bought my favorite Danish bread as a side and served that with some homemade tomato paste.


And a salad.



All in all, it was a good recipe, but I don’t like cooking mussels at home. They make me so stressed for some reason.


Jamie’s lamb kofte

Moving on to lamb. Lamb is not a very big hit in my household. However, this lamb recipe is the exception.


The kofte was super delicious. I made a mistake to mix the pistachios with the meat instead of adding the on top, but that was a minor one. I love them anyway.


The other thing that was a big success was the couscous. It’s simpler than rice, since it doesn’t need cooking, just soaking and you’re ready to go.


As for the salad, it was a very simple one that resembles a Greek salad, but not quite. Perfect match.


All in all, this was easy, tasty and fast, as it should be. Will I make this again? Maybe. I’ll definitely try it with some other type of meat.


Jamie’s mighty mackerel

Jumping onto fish, I have a huge confession to make. This was the first and only time I’ve ever bought a whole fish. To make this recipe happen, I had to call my father and ask for very specific instructions on how to clean up and prepare the fish. My father knows surprisingly much about food prep for someone who doesn’t cook. It worked.


Mackerel is a very oily fish. It was served with quinoa, tomatoes and parsley.

jamie-mighty-mackerel1Easy, simple, fast and healthy.

What’s not to love?


Jamie’s minestrone

So far so good, but what about a big failure?


Yuck, yuck, yuck. Where to start? Well, that minestrone… I just hated that thing with all my heart. The chicken with the sauce was alright. Kind of.


Let’s just say, this recipe was a disappointment.


Jamie’s jerk pork

Pork, nice sauce, interesting salad. You have my attention now.


This was one of the most delicious recipes I’ve tried from Jamie. Pork was perfect, the sauce was on point and these salad parcels were so cute.


That’s a recipe I want to go back to.



Jamie’s Koh Samui salad

Now let’s move onto something Asian (I think).


A salad with so many things inside should not be called a salad anymore. Seriously, there are 20 different ingredients in there, minus the shrimps that I forgot, because I am this lazy cook that chats on Facebook while cooking. Well, not all the time, just sometimes. OK, sue me!


All in all, I wasn’t really sold on this recipe. I guess tofu didn’t do anything good for it. It was just bland, which is such a bummer, because tofu can be delicious. Well, maybe if I hadn’t forgotten the shrimps, it would have turned out better, but I highly doubt it.


Jamie’s quick lamb tagine

Going back to lamb for a quick minute, this recipe is so good.


Couscous plus vegetables plus delicious meat. You have me at hello.


This was a very filling recipe, that I loved to take with me the next day at work. I’ll be making this again soon.


Jamie’s broccoli pasta

I found this beetroot pasta in the supermarket and thought they’d work great as a basis for Jamie’s broccoli pasta and they did.


Apart from the vibrant color, they were a nice interesting taste as well.



The salad was a typical one for me with arugula and avocado. Overall, this is a safe choice. There was no way this could have gone wrong.



Jamie’s grilled tuna

And tuna to finish off this collection of recipes.


I don’t like fresh tuna. It’s heavy and just not my cup of tea, but I thought I’d give it a try. I can’t say this recipe changed my mind. Tuna is expensive and just not worth it for me. What can I say, I like salmon so much more. The salad, though, was so tasty. Toasted bread and everything. That I’ll be making again!


There you go. Ten recipes from Jamie’s cookbook. Have you tried any of his recipes? Some are a bit hit in my house..

  • I also thought that you stopped the project… 🙂 I am happy you did not & would love to taste the jerk pork. It seems delicious in the pictures!! Marianthi, xo

    • No, no! Definitely not! I’m still doing it! 🙂