It’s definitely no secret that I love Jamie Oliver and two of my all time favourite cookbooks are 30 Minute Meals and 15 Minute Meals. As much as I’m a huge foodie and regularly spend an entire day in the kitchen just making one dinner, I do love the idea that something just as mouth wateringly delicious and special can be knocked up in a fraction of the time.
I began by leafing through 15 Minute Meals and didn’t really find anything that took my fancy on this occasion. So I turned to it’s big brother, 30 Minute Meals. Here I found my answer. As soon as I turned the page I knew this was the one, I remembered it as one of the first dishes I watched Jamie cook on the series and really wanted to make it back then. Obviously quite a lot of time has passed since, but I’ve finally gotten around to it. I knew this would be perfect for the boyfriend too as he loves sweet and spicy things and with the chilli in the greens and all the fruity elements, this was sure to go down a storm.
Firstly the sea bass was simple and easy to cook, you can’t go far wrong with pan frying. and the pancetta crisped up nicely alongside it in the pan.
The sweet potato mash method is just pure genius. You pierce the potatoes, put them whole into a bowl, cover in cling film and bung them in the microwave to 12 minutes, then they’re so soft and easy to mash up afterwards, you don’t even need a masher, just a knife! I’d like to give this a go with normal potatoes but, as sweet potatoes are softer, I think they’d probably need a little longer in the microwave. Putting a lime in with them as well was just such a simple way of infusing flavours. I definitely made way more than enough for two people and after I’d had my normal person sized portion, the boyfriend wolfed down the rest, he absolutely loved it. With lime, mango, chilli and coriander all blended in with the potatoes, this certainly is a special mash.