Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

A few months ago I got a completely unexpected, but very exciting email into my inbox.

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It was an invitation to be one of a select group of food bloggers taking part in Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast – in an episode all about blood. Black pudding, to be exact – and while to this day I still don’t know how I managed to get on the list, I am supremely grateful that I did. I’m also incredibly grateful to work with such amazing people, who let me take the morning off to hang out on the Southend-on-Sea beachfront, sampling delicious food with some wonderful people.

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We throw away a lot of blood in the UK, while in other parts of Europe, they tend to use more of it in their cooking. I’ll let you tune in to find out more (Jamie and Jimmy do a much better job of explaining it all), but I love black pudding – and definitely think more food should use it. For example, blood can be used as an egg substitute in many dishes – and we got to try an amazing one by Dan Doherty, the Executive Chef at the Duck and Waffle. It was a blood-based cornbread topped with chorizo and yoghurt, and it was absolutely divine.

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Jamie and Jimmy were as lovely in real life as you’d expect – and it was really fun tuning in on the night, and live-tweeting the event! You can still catch it on 4oD here – and I can now claim that I’ve been Lindsay Lohan’s co-star…. right?

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Would you try cooking with blood? Have you tuned in yet? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

A Mexican Street Feast with Jamie Oliver

I absolutely love Mexican food, and I make a mean guacamole, but other than the basics I hadn’t really experimented or tried making Mexican food myself. Which is surprising, because it’s definitely up there as one of my favourite cuisines – I tend to crave tacos a lot.

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So when I was invited along to the Jamie Oliver Cookery School in Shepherd’s Bush, I knew immediately which class I wanted to get stuck into. Based in the Jamie’s Italian at Westfield’s, the cookery school has a really wide variety of cooking classes, from Japanese to Indian, everything from gyoza to fresh pasta.

The class I was there for was the Mexican Street Food Feast – and it was one of the most enjoyable afternoons I’ve had in a long time!

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I’m a firm believer in the fact that nothing bad ever starts with a glass of prosecco handed to you at the door – I feel like that’s a pretty safe bet, right?

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Prosecco in hand, we were introduced to Gabby, our lovely instructor for the day, who talked us through the structure of the afternoon.

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The thing I love about Jamie’s food is that it it’s delicious, but it’s so simple – fresh flavours that are quick and relatively easy. The afternoon had such a chilled, fun, and relaxing vibe, and even though you’re in a room with a bunch of strangers, it was a lovely setting for a date.

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So what did we make? Well… Everything, really. We made three types of salsa – roasted corn, tomato, and guacamole.

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We made our own corn tortillas, which I hadn’t done before, but were so simple and delicious to make that I’d definitely be doing again (and buying myself a tortilla press as a housewarming gift!)

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We topped our mini corn tortillas with chipotle chicken and a feta and spinach filling, and it was all unbelievably delicious and fresh tasting.

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Each class costs around £45 to attend, which I think is great value given the fact that you get a delicious meal out of it, and learn some great skills, too!

To find out more, you can check out their Facebook page, and be sure to follow them on Twitter, too!

Have you ever been to the Jamie Oliver Cookery School? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!