ARF/5-A-Day #104

by Cate on January 23, 2008

I love Jamie Oliver, and my mom and I have been fortunate enough to meet him twice, but I have a bone to pick with him. In case you haven’t watched it yet, he has a new show on Food Network called Jamie at Home, which has a large part of its focus on vegetables, and more to the point, vegetables that people might be growing at home. Not people like me, of course, but I’m hoping this Spring…This past weekend, I caught a “pastry” episode and he made Apple Pie, a quiche and a fabulous, mouth-watering Steak, Guinness and Cheddar Pie. Sounds good, right? Until you go to Food Network to find the recipe for said Steak Pie. Not there, although two of the other recipes are. Harumph. I remembered a lot of it, and luckily the recipe itself is fairly simple, but still … people need recipes! Rumor has it that it’s not appearing on Food Network’s site because it’s going to be in a new cookbook. Fair enough, then they should hold the episode until the recipe will be available, no?

So anyway, that’s what I ended up making last night for today’s ARF/5-A-Round-Up contribution. After all, with hearty mushrooms, carrots and celery, it surely is the perfect contender. Since I was making the recipe largely from memory, which is otherwise known as “winging it,” the jury might still be out on the final verdict, and I look forward to getting a copy of his newest cookbook, Jamie at Home (not readily available stateside yet). As he puts it, the new cookbook is about “cooking stuff and growing stuff, and if I can do it, you can do it.”

The temperatures here have been in the low 20s and unbearably cold, so it was the perfect tummy-warming food to take the chill off, and honestly, quite simple to make. The meat was a little tougher than I would have liked, but that’s more due to the cut I suspect, rather than the recipe’s process. I used diced meat that you would use for stew, but after checking out a discussion on this recipe on Jamie’s own site, it seems brisket was the way to go. In deference to Jamie not wanting to put the recipe out there yet, I’m not going to post what I did, but as soon as the book is in my hot little hands, I’ll make it and share. Promise. If you can’t wait, there are a couple of versions on that discussion thread. As an aside, I thought it pretty funny that on a “pastry” episode, he used (and readily advocated) store-bought pastry. He mentioned that it’s just too fiddly to make a proper savory crust and it’s better to buy it. That’s something I can definitely live with.Alright, enough about me … onto what everyone else made for the round-up.

Sarah from Sarah’s Cucina Bella converts her husband over to the wonderful world of sweet potatoes with her Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

Bonus points if you can identify this fruit without going to The Chocolate Lady’s site first … and finally something I do recognize right away, although have yet to try.

Newcomer Sally from Aprovechar joins us for the first time this week with her Avocado-based mayonnaise substitute for a scrumptious-looking Tuna Melt sandwich:

Sweet potato fries make their second appearance this week, this time courtesy of Diet, Dessert and Dogs, complete with a Miso Gravy:

Another newcomer, Mansi from Fun and Food, is serving up the very Spring-like Green Pea and Mint Soup:

Laurie from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska is back this week with the very unusual Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Blueberries:

Cooking the Books gets inspired from Jack Bishop this week with her Soft Tacos with Garlicky Greens, served with a Mexican Citrus Salad:

Sarah from What Smells So Good goes Asian with her Japanese Tea Cakes:

Our third newcomer this week comes by way of Tracy from Rah Cha Chow with her Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Croutons. Does that sound heavenly or what?

Nicholas and I have been on a muffin kick lately – methinks this batch of Cinnamon Muffins from Claire’s Cooking Is Medicine site just may be next on our list:

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Ricki January 23, 2008 at 2:47 am

Hi Cate,
Thanks for another great ARF/5-A-Day Roundup. Everything looks delectable (so many recipes, so little time. . . !).


Claire January 23, 2008 at 3:46 am

Once again, a great round up. Ummm…I’m guessing either durian or dragon fruit? The squishy inside is definitely characteristic of something like that.


the chocolate lady ??? ??????? January 23, 2008 at 4:32 am

Oh, that cabbage with mushrooms and berries is intriguing me this week. My ongoing quest to stump Sweetnicks will resume next week.


StickyGooeyCreamyChewy January 23, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Cate- You got a little write up in the Sarasota Herald Tribune today! I’ve emailed you the link. It is also in the print edition. If you want, I will cut it out and send it to you. Let me know. Congrats!



Cate January 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

Ricki – that’s always my problem too – never enough time! :)

Claire – yup, dragon fruit it is.

The Chocolate Lady – I gotta recognize a few sometimes. :)

Susan – thanks for the heads up and the link. Didn’t know about it – very cool!


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