I am reading Jamie Oliver’s book Jamie’s Ministry of Food which is apparently the same book as Jamie’s Food Revolution. I truly admire Jamie’s dedication to inspire people to make their own food. He really believes in eating real food and not getting complicated about it. I like him and his food approach so much, yet I had never tackled any of his recipes. I was scared his simple approach to food would let my picky foodie palette down and I just like him so much I did not want that to happen. I braved possible disappointment yesterday and took on his Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup. I did not have sweet potatoes so he suggested using butternut squash which I had on hand and gave it a shot.
Jamie’s approach is so basic I immediately questioned it. That giant pile of chopped veggies and chorizo sausage were supposed to be dumped into a hot pot with some hot oil altogether. I have never done that before. Normally you start out sautéing the onions, add the garlic and then the mirepoix (aromatics like carrots, onions, leeks…). You don’t just dump it all in there! Good grief. OK, I can do this. I am a rebel right? I dumped everything in the pot and added some curry powder and let it sit with the lid askew for 10 minutes. My carrots were not softened at this time so I had to let it cook for five minutes longer. I did have to turn my heat down from the recommended “hot” to medium high because my veggies came close to burning, thankfully I caught it in time.