Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm a Revolutionary

A while back, Big Box Detox recommended a cook book called Jamie's Food Revolution and did a book review on it here.  Detox said the recipes in his book were "fresh, healthy, easy, fast and delicious".  Sweet!  Did I need any more convincing than that? Well...just a little.  She also included a quote from the book which really grabbed my attention. Jamie wanted this book “…to be the catalyst for empowering millions of you to make proper home-cooked, affordable meals from scratch.” Double sweet.  And I must've been feeling revolutionary-ey that day b/c I ordered the book.  

If you're anything like me, you may have a million a few cookbooks sitting around your house that you have every intention of using....but don't.  I hate that.  I really am trying to get into cooking from scratch/more healthy this year.  It's very important to me.  

It's mostly the planning that gets me.  When it comes to cooking - I'm not a great planner.  You have to know what you want to make.  Make a list.  Go shopping (blech) because, go figure, you have to actually have food in the house to cook it.   And it really takes some inspiration and determination to do all that.  To start a new habit.  Get into something. And this book is inspiring.

I like that Jamie talks to you for a minute in the beginning.  You don't have to read that part -  but you should.  I like to know who I'm dealing with and I liked learning about his ideals.  I found him smart, insightful and in-tune with my own views on the subject

I like that the recipes are sophisticated enough to make me feel a little fancy and daring...but not too involved that my meat-and-potatoes family would never eat it or that I'd have to travel to 5 specialty stores to find that one last ingredient.  What a waste.  I'm not that determined.

So for my first attempt, I tried the "Mini Shell Pasta With A Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce".  Yum, right?  

I love all the photos. 
That's everybody - nothing too crazy here. :)
Tell me - when was the last time you got to use fresh mint in a recipe!?  The smell was divine.  So fresh and yummy.  I've got leftover mint too.  I'm thinking a refreshing mint/lemon/ice water is in order.
Isn't it pretty?  I'm loving the greens in this recipe.  And I don't think you can ever go wrong with bacon in a recipe.
And voila!

I thought it was really good.  And easy too.  The flavors played off each other so nicely.  The bacon and Parmesan are such strong, heavy flavors, but the lemon and mint really balanced them well and lightened the whole dish.  I'd definitely make this again.  Jon's review: "It was good."  :) A man of few words.  Works for me!

1 comment:

PoetessWug said...

I love Jamie. I used to watch his cooking show all the time on T.V., but then there were so many others!! LOL I'm more into Rachel Ray these days...and she likes cooking from scratch too! :-)