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Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals DVD

An entire meal in 30 minutes? That’s the Jamie Oliver promise.  And it’s not one dish, we’re talking about an entire meal, with three and sometimes up to five different components.  All this in the time it normally takes to cook one dish.  Based on his hugely successful book of the same name, the TV series will soon be available on DVD.  Volume 1 contains 2 discs and 14 delicious meals, Thai, Moroccan, Indian, European there’s something for everyone from Thai red prawn curry, oozy mushroom risotto, curry rogan josh to chicken pie.

“It’s all about really quick tasty cooking for really busy people… a meal not a dish… all really interesting contemporary dishes, really lots of influences from Asia, India, Classic British, Mediterranean cooking” says Jamie.  He wants you to cook a meal that is full of flavour at top speed.

The trick, according to Jamie is being  organised, having the right recipes and his hints and tips.

The piri pri chicken episode sums it up pretty well, in 30 minutes, Jamie shows you how to cook:

  • piri piri chicken
  • portuguese tart
  • smashed sweet potato feta cheese
  • green salad

Yep, in 30 minutes.

portuguese tart

The food is allowed to look natural, not pretentious.  Looking at the irregular shape of the tarts, Jamie simply says that a misbehaving tart is good.  The smashed sweet potato feta cheese dish is served up on the large wooden chopping board it was made in, piri piri chicken in the ceramic tray it was baked in.  So, the hearty meals are quick to  make and fast to wash up too.

I like Jamie’s practical, common sense style, in this episode he uses pre-made puff pastry, pre-mix salads and cooks sweet potato in the microwave.  Obviously not too much pretention goes into “cooking good food fast”.

WIN! Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (Vol 1) – 3 DVDs to giveaway.

Be one of the first to own this DVD and you could be whipping up one of 14 delicious, hearty dinners in 30 minutes, with a minimal amount of preparation and washing up.

To enter:

  • like noodlies facebook page
  • comment on this post: tell me, in 20 words or less why you would love to cook a meal in 30mins

Entries close Monday, 14 May, 5pmAustralian residents only. Judge’s decision is weird but final. 3 winners will be notified via email by Tuesday, 15 May, noon and must respond with a delivery address by Wednesday, 16 May, 5pm. 

Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals DVD (Vol 1) will be officially released in Australia on Monday 7th May. These prizes are courtesy of Shock Entertainment, check out their website for other lifestyle and cookery DVDs as well as future Jamie Oliver releases.

Ok, let me declare: when the DVD distributors of Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals contacted noodlies, Sydney food blog to review the new DVD, I had to say, yes!  After all, recently named noodlies as one of the Best Australian Food Blogs, so I was already in love with the man – how could I say no?!

And the winners are… from all across Australia: Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia! Who knew noodlies had creative and smart readers across the country?!

With 3 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals DVDs to be won, courtesy of Shock Entertainment, the winners are:

1/ Michelle Vamvas. The first creative person to go with rhyming couplets:

As mum of three, aged seven and under
Time’s scarce, any wonder?!
I need minimal effort recipes
Jamie’s certainly, please!

2/ Angela Nicolaou. I want Angela’s husband to cook her a decent meal from the DVD! Angela, I want pics of his meal after he watches the DVD.

Husband never cooks, Valentines Day, Jamie’s 30 Minutes Chicken Meal. OMG! Delishes, first mean any MAN has cooked me.

3/ Jodie Taylor.  With so many mouths to feed, Jodie deserves to win. And I love dogs.

I have 5 people to feed, dogs to feed, homework to help with, lunches to make and not enough hours in a day.

Congratulations, Michelle, Angela and Jodie.  Please check your emails.

A reminder of the terms and conditions below: you need to email me your delivery address by Wednesday, 16 May, 5pm.

Terms and Conditions. Entries close Monday, 14 May, 5pm.  Australian residents only. Judge’s decision is weird but final. 3 winners will be notified via email by Tuesday, 15 May, noon and must respond with a delivery address by Wednesday, 16 May, 5pm.