Once upon a time, in an algebra class that I hated with all of my heart, my teacher would give us shortcuts to use and tell us "It's fast. It's easy. It's feasy." While that proved false for every math problem I ever tried to solve, I kept the catchphrase for future reference.
Tonight is a night for feasy if there ever was one, and lucky for me, Jamie Oliver came to the rescue. Oh, what's that? You haven't heard of Jamie Oliver, world's most adorable healthy eating advocate who not only boasts the most gorgeous family ever to grace the United Kingdom but the accent to go with that title? You're unfamiliar with his YouTube channel of pure delight and his colorful cookbooks? You've never seen him use spices the way Indiana Jones uses a whip? Oh. That's fine.
Actually NO IT'S NOT. Jamie (if I may) is one of my personal favorite chefs, and not just because I once got his cookbook Happy Days with the Naked Chef as a birthday present from a friend's mom. His mission to share healthy and easy-to-prepare food with families all over the world is near and dear to my heart, and the contagious happiness he brings to food is absolutely magical. Check him out if you haven't done so, and in the meantime, check out our dinner, inspired by one of his five-ingredient recipes that I, of course, over-complicated with no less than six additional ones.
I've been desperate for something easy to read as well as cook lately, but the latest book to come in from the library was seemingly anything but: Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, by Norman Ohler and Shaun Whiteside. My friends, I cannot tell you how wrong I was, because I ran through this book faster than any other one this year. Curious as to why? Well, go find out.