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I have been very excited about 1st Sept and the release of Jamie’s new book. As I have said before I am a big Jamie fan – I just like his style, his personality and his attitude to food & cooking. He may not have 6 Michelin stars, or even 1 but he has made food exciting for the masses, from the kids at school to pensioners – not just for those that can afford to frequent Le Gavroche or Claridges!

So I was very excited to shoot down to my closest Waterstones and pick up Jamie’s America on Tuesday. Needed it on hand for the start of the accompanying TV series on Tuesday night!!! So, how is Jamie going to cover the whole of America???…well, he’s not really……This new series visits LA, NYC, Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia and the Wild West (Wyoming & Montana). Looking forward to it – especially the time with the Navajo people in Arizona.

The first episode is in LA and thank goodness it’s more than a macrobiotic lettuce leaf. Jamie heads to East LA and spends time with Mexican families and learns about Mexican food (no Taco Bell in sight!). It all looked so blimmin good. There were actually many delicious Mexican salads and I just cannot wait to make some – need to be brave with the chillies though!

Back to Jamie’s book – first page, first recipe!! Burgers!! Although were only using the recipe for the burger mix as I had a jar of freshly made sweetcorn relish beckoning. James actually did all the work this time and then cooked them on the BBQ – delicious! Just a good basic burger mix! According to James this was super simple and quick – just keep in mind that they need to go into the fridge for about an hour before cooking so that they firm up.

Burgers (courtesy of Jamie’s America – Jamie Oliver)


Olive oil

2 medium red onions, peeled and finely chopped

6 Jacob’s crackers or 4 slices of bread, crusts removed

500g good-quality lean minced beef

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large egg, preferably free-range or organic, beaten

a handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Put a splash of olive oil into a large frying pan on a low heat and add you chopped onions. Fry for 10 minutes or until the onions have softened, then put to one side to cool completely. Blitz your crackers or bread in a food processor until you get a fine consistency. Oil a clean baking tray and put aside. Put the cooled onions into a large bowl with the rest of the burger ingredients. Use clean hands to scrunch the mixture together really well, then divide into 6 equal balls. Wet your hands and roll the balls into burger-shaped patties about 2cm thick. Place your burgers on the oiled tray and pat with a little olive oil. Cover them with clingfilm and put the try into the fridge for at least an hour, or until the patties firm up.

Open burgers - James' patties and Brodie's relish!

Open burgers - James' patties and Brodie's relish!

On another note, today was the Adidas Women’s 5km challenge in Hyde Park and Izzy & I both managed to come home with a medal. A great day – 17,000 women running & walking for a vast number of charities. This was the 3rd event I have taken part in this summer and as always it was a lot of fun. This time I walked with Justine and raised some money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust (every penny helps!) – http://www.ectopic.org.uk

There was also a Kid’s challenge – it was so cute. A 30m race for kids of all ages which was sensor timed – even with the chips tied into their shoe laces. All the kids received a medal and key ring – what a great event. The kid’s were loving it. We were very proud of Izzy – she was awesome!!





Medals for Mummy & Izzy :-)

Medals for Mummy & Izzy 🙂

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