Monday, 8 August 2011


I love watching cooking programmes.

But it occured to me the other day that I never ever get around to making anything that I see on the programmes.

However, something that we saw Jamie Oliver make a few weeks ago really tickled our fancy and this is our attempt at it..

Yes, it is a glorified sandwich, but it was delicious. We bought the foccacia bread from Marks and Spencers, and slipped it in the oven for 8 minutes. I prepared the salad for inside whilst it was in the oven. We simply used a round lettuce, some slicing tomatoes and some mozarella. All of it was cut in to slices ready to go in to the bread. When the bread was out of the oven we sliced it in half, it's trickier to cut foccacia than you think. Then we drizzled some olive oil onto the bread as an authentic Italian substitute for butter and then layered the salami in to place. Then the lettuce, followed by the tomatoes and finally the mozarella. It's a massive sandwich, and looks great on a wooden chopping board which can be used for serving. This could feed 4 people, or two really hungry people. It's definately the tastiest sandwich we've ever made. In fact, we've made it twice since.

I think a lot of inspiration  for my cooking comes from what I have seen on a telly, mixed with what I have seen my grandparents and parents cook. If all celebrity dishes taste this good then it won't be the last thing I cook off a TV programme.

So, who are your favourite celebrity chefs? I find it really interested how people can despise one chef and love another who in turn another person despises. My favourites are Hugh FW, Jamie Oliver, Heston and good old Nigella.

Leave a quick comment if you have time to let us know who your favourite celebrity chefs are!

Enjoy the rest of your day!



  1. Yeah; delicious is right!
    I love nice sandwiches.
    Have you tried some at EAT. ? This is definetely a big pleasure for me when I travel across the ocean to go in the U.K. (although, I think there only in London and Bristol)

    My favourite chef at the moment is probably Mark Bittman. Jamie is inspirating too. But I have to replace the meat in his recipes. It is not a problem; I am used to.

    Have a nice Day!

  2. My favourite tv cook of all time is Nigel Slater. I love the way he wanders into the garden and picks the basis for his meal.

    His wonderful book 'The Kitchen Diaries' is a day by day account of him doing this for real in his own home and garden. He even admits in it to being spotted buying fish fingers in a local shop when a fish finger butty urge overcame him.

    I bet you'd love this book it's very inspirational for us growers.

    Sue xx

  3. I do the same thing with cooking magazines. Have tons of them, make something out of them once in a great while.
    I like taking focaccia bread cutting it into squares,then cutting those in half, add chicken/ham/whatever, any kind of sliced cheese(swiss is good), and ranch dressing, and then grilling them in my sandwich grill (the waffle iron will work as well).

  4. Hehe I love cooking programmes and am a big fan of most of the celebrity chefs, but I think my favourites are Rick Stein, James Martin and Anthony Worrall Thompson. Can't bear Nigella or Nigel Slater!


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