Monday, April 16, 2012

Chef Jaime Oliver

The reason I wanted to write about Chef Oliver who is known for his deep belief in healthy food - is there is one fundamental thing I 100% agree with him. If you cook a dish, you know what’s in it. You know how much butter was used, if the vegetables are frozen ones, from a can or were bought locally. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate and everything with butter does taste so much better. I enjoy eating in restaurants and sampling food in different stores but on a day to day basis we cook healthy food and eat at home.

James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, MBE (born 27 May 1975) is an English chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools. He strives to improve unhealthy diets and poor cooking habits in the United Kingdom and the United States. Jamie Oliver's specialty is Italian cuisine, although he has a broad international repertoire.

If you want to read more, Chef Jaime Oliver shares some interesting details on his website. You can find list of awards, TV shows he hosted and his way of becoming one of the most influencing chefs when it comes to cooking and eating healthy.

The recipe I choose to make was homemade pasta. Why? Cause I love pasta and Jaime was so encouraging when he described his recipe that I couldn’t resist. And as he promised, it was simple and good.


• 600g/1lb 6oz Tipo ‘00’ flour [Lady V:] I used a regular flour
• 6 large free-range or organic eggs or 12 yolks [Lady V:] I used 6 eggs

  1. Make your dough in a food processor if you’ve got one (if you don’t, don’t worry, click the link and get the full instructions). Just bung everything in, whiz until the flour looks like breadcrumbs, then tip the mixture on to your work surface and bring the dough together into one lump, using your hands. 
  2. Knead the dough until smooth and silky (takes few good minutes) 
  3. Let rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes 
  4. Cut the dough into four pieces and work on each piece at a time. Make sure the rest of your dough and the past you made are covered so they won’t get dry. Using your pasta machine roll the dough and roll the past and cut it as you wish. I used the kitchen-aid attachment that works great.  
  5. Cook the pasta in boiling water al-dente or Dry the pasta for later usage.
    [Lady V:]I added some corn flour so the pasta wont stick while I am making the other batches.

Full recipe and some additional information in the link below:

Questions or comments are welcome!
Have fun,
Lady V.


  1. I love home made pastas. everything you cook yourself i s better than you bought.

    Today i did tortillas with garlic sause and meat of wild pig (i'm sorry for my fatal error english :D) I did it, because my friend want me to phone to deliver food like this. So, I did, and it was absolutely delicious, more than the best. And, what's important, I always know, what the things are in. When you buying, you can't be really sure.

    Have a great blogging :)
    mysia-means a little mouse ;)

    1. I agree. Things you make have special taste. One of the things I like most is going to a restaurant and eat something I love, then trying to make it at home.

      Thank you for your comment!

    2. It's my husbend's hobby. Eat something special and cook it at home. It's great, because he cooks excellent, but the mess after that is horrible ;)

      What's more I rather think, that it's not fair, that men are better chefs. It's really intresting why? The womens always were the house wifes, even in the caves :D

    3. One cooks, one cleans - sounds like a good deal no? especially if someone is a great cook ;)

      who is a better in the kitchen? that's a good question. I will continue to eat lots of good food made by fabulous chefs so I can figure it out :)