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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Chilli Con Carne Meatballs - Jamie's 15 Minute Meals

I challenged myself to make Chilli Con Carne Meatballs from Jamie's 15 Minute Meals, after seeing him on TV effortlessly produce this recipe.

Jamie has a team who do all the prep - I have just me and distractions. Everything started off well and I thought it would be a doddle, but then the washer finished, more washing to put in, next the tumble dryer to fill. Couldn't find the blender, found the blender, struggled to assemble the blender. Where is the bulgur wheat hiding?  I forgot to buy the preserved lemons. Why are there only a few cumin seeds left in the jar? It was all going wrong.......

I wasn't sure about cooking the meatballs for such a short time and cooked these for longer, I thought the quantity of bulgur wheat might not be enough and then cooked too much - I should have trusted Jamie:)

Would you like to know how long all this took me? - I lost the will, and have absolutely no idea.  The photograph tells the story........

Hubby thought the meal was very tasty and he particularly enjoyed the meatballs. He would have liked less bulgur wheat and more meatballs, not the huge plate of bulgur wheat I gave to him, and as for me, I will always prefer traditional chilli con carne.

I plan to cook a few more recipes from the book, perhaps this time I might manage to cook something without so many distractions.

The book - bursting at the seams with tasty healthy recipes, great food styling and photographs, and each recipe gives calorie, fat, sugar and saturated fat details.

Please Note:  This blog post isn't to be taken seriously - ok!


Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

I know what you mean Maggie. I think the menu ideas from the book/TV series are good but the idea you can turn his dishes within 15 minutes is just silly. No reasonable amount of time is given for food prep and heating of pans/ovens/grills. I struggled to do the 30 mins meals when the series was out so I would hate to hazard a guess at how long the 15 min. would actually take me :-)

Anonymous said...

I did this recipe in 15 minutes with time to spare. I did, however, follow the instruction that you should get your ingredients and equipment out and have the kettle boiled before you start. We really enjoyed this, and just added the chillies into the blender with the rest of the sauce as we all like a bit of heat. Not a substitute for a lovely slow cooked chilli but a really tasty meal in its own right, especially if you're pushed for time.

Maggie said...

Hi Anonymous - thank you for leaving a comment in response to my 'tongue in cheek' posting:)

Maggie said...

Hi Jacqueline - I never, never, ever, cook to a clock:)