Jamie's Kitchen Kit, 30 minute Meals and Stuffed Apples

Wednesday 3 November 2010

Last week I got an e-mail from Aaron (Publicasity) asking me if I would like to try out some of Jamie Oliver's new Kitchen Kit. Would I????

He didn't have to ask twice!!!!

A few days later a box arrived and I was thrilled to pieces to see what was in side. Jamie's Twist'n'Slide Apple Corer, a lovely coarse microwaveplane grater, a 3-in-1 vegetable peeler (with blades for vegetables, soft fruit and jullienning) a lovely Garlic Slice'n'Press, a 5 piece set of Kitchen tools (slotted and plain spoons, slotted fish slice, ladel and slotted turner) . . . all in beautiful polished stainless steel with soft grip handle inserts.

The Piece De Resistance though was a beautiful Beech Wood Knife Block, containing five lovely knives! (Paring, Utility, Chef's, Carving and Bread). Oh my but this is a brilliant set of knives composed of full tang Japanese MoV Stainless steel blades, a chunky weighted bolster for ease of chopping and slicing and beautifully carved handles.

What's also really brilliant about them is each knife has it's own name on the end of it so that you can easily identify it immediately without having to pull them all out of the rack to find the one you are looking for! (Can you say Over-The-Moon???)

I could hardly wait to use them, and I figured the best way to try them out was to do a test run of one of the 30 minute menu's in Jamie's newest book 30 Minute Meals!! Yep, I decided to really put Jamie to the test!

In honor of Bonfire Night I chose the Bonfire Night friendly menu of Catherine Wheel Sausage, Horseradish mash, Apple Salad, Sage and Leek Gravy and Stuffed Apples on page 256 of the book. (The Toddster is a real meat and potatoes kind of a guy and I thought he'd really enjoy it as well.)

Jamie suggests that you have all your ingredients and equipment assembled before you start, including a kettle of already boiled water, a heated grill and saucepans ready and waiting on a low heat on the stove.

It probably took me about 20 minutes to get everything set up before I started the timer.

Everything went like clockwork. I used almost all of the kit as well, which was nice. The knives are beautiful. I loved the apple corer. It worked really well and cut the cores out the first time. It also has an integrated core ejector system which worked wonderfully at ejecting the apple cores from the shaft, lickety split and with no mess!

I am happy to say that, at the end of 30 minutes, my kitchen was a tip . . . but we had a beautiful and delicious meal waiting for us to chow down on! (I normally like to clean as I go, but the 30 minute method doesn't allow for that nonsense!) There were a few minor nuisances, such as my stove and kitchen being far too small, but aside from that I really enjoyed the experience. Wonderful kitchen tools to use, a lovely cookbook with fantastic recipes . . . what more could you ask for? (well, besides a larger kitchen, a new stove and a dishwasher that is!)

All in all I'd call it a success. Thank you Aaron for allowing me to try out these new gadgets! You really made my week! I also have to say thank you to Jamie for a great menu with some fantastic quick and easy recipes!!

*Stuffed Apples*
Serves 4 to 6
Printable Recipe

Delicious baked apples stuffed with a sweet almond and dried apricot mixture. Adapted from Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Dinners.

4 small apples (or 6 if making it for six people)
(I used spartans)
1 large free range egg
100g of golden caster sugar
100g of dried apricots
100g of whole blanched almonds
Optional: Cointreau for drizzling
Single cream or natural yoghurt to serve

Core the apples and then carefully score a line horizontally around the middle of each one, taking care not to cut in too deeply. Break the egg into the bowl of a food processor. Add the sugar, apricots and almonds. Blitz until combined. Leave it a bit chunky. Use a spoon (or your fingers like I did) to stuff the apples with this mixture, working from both ends. Spread any leftover mixture in the bottom of a lightly buttered earthenware dish. (Make sure it is large enough to hold all the apples, but snuggly. Also make sure it is microwave safe.) Sit the apples on top and then microwave, uncovered, for 10 minutes on full power.

Preheat the oven to about 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Remove the apples from the microwave. If any stuffing has come out, use a spoon to push it back in. Pop the apples into the heated oven to caramelize for a few minutes.

Serve warm with a jugful of single cream or some natural yoghurt. (Jamie suggests that you drizzle over a splash of Cointreau and quickly set it alight for drama! Serve once the flames have died away.)

PS - If there's anyone out there who wants someone to test out a new LARGER stove or a DISHWASHER or umm . . . a LARGER KITCHEN . . . I'm your Gal!!

One of these would do very nicely thanks!


  1. I will volunteer to test the stove here on the other end of the pond! No problem.
    The stuffed apple recipe sounds incredibly delicious. Did they also send you the clean up crew?

  2. I adore Jamie, watched him on HGTV and now on the Cooking Channel. Have his cookbooks, love his rustic style and gardening tips too. Thank you for spotlighting him*!*

  3. What a wonderful opportunity. I always enjoyed watching Jamie Oliver's show on tv. His recipes apparently work well in real life too because those stuffed apples are delicious looking.

  4. Gosh you are a lucky girl ... even with a small kitchen and stove and dishwasherless lol. What a wonderful pack and fab looking meal.

  5. The stuffed apples sound really yummy, easy and healthy too!

  6. wow,, what a lucky girl you are..This sounds like a winna winna chicken dinna!!!

  7. I love to watch "Jamie at Home" as he pulls stuff out of his garden to cook!

  8. Sounds like you had as much fun fixing the meal as you had eating it! How wonderful that you get to try out new stuff and share the results with your readers. I may have to keep a lookout for some of those items.

  9. Oh, what fun, Marie--lucky you! Love the looks of those stuffed apples & the Catherine Wheel sausage--so interesting!

    Love you loads, dear friend! Off to read today's post--I'm trying madly to catch up!


  10. I want all those Jamie things - They all look fantastic Marie!

  11. What a great parcel of gifts--very impressive! It was fun to hear your take on the 30 minutes meals, as I was wondering just how much prep time is involved. So really a meal in 45 minutes! ;o) But we love Jamie's ideas! These apples look gorgeous...mmm... Happy Day, dear Marie--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  12. You've done great! I wondered if it would be possible to cook his 30 Minute Recipes without turning the kitchen into a war zone. I am pleased to see that it is possible afterall, with previous preparation and thought. Lovely recipes and cooking.

  13. ooh those apples look gorgeous.

  14. Did you use the grater? It seems me and many others have managed to have nasty accidents using this. Shame, the rest of it it just so awesome!


  15. I too am a Jamie fan. From across the pond, BTW. What is that beautiful oven? Is it that fancy French one? Forget the name. Must know, just in case an angel deposits a very large bag on money on me . . . soon.


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