His food is yummy, easy to prepare and unpretentious – but it’s very big on pig, and not so into all the healthy ingredients that I’ve gravitated to more and more in my kitchen. Now, if you cook healthy food, you’ll already know two things: 1) getting your family members to eat it is an uphill battle (even if it genuinely is yummy) and 2) a lot of the recipes are so weird that you can spend an awful lot of time and effort on dishes that were destined to flop right from the start.
So it was that a little while ago, I found myself sighing a big sigh, and wishing that Jamie Oliver would surprise me (and everyone else…) and turn into a vegetarian. Well, surprise me he did: his latest cookbook popped up in my Amazon suggestions box, and guess what? It’s all about super healthy super food. Jamie is cooking with chia seeds and using wholewheat pasta! (Be still, my beating heart.)
So of course, I ordered the book pronto, and in another small miracle, it actually showed up just a week later. I made the first dish tonight, and it was a stonking success: full of vegetables and quinoa AND STILL YUMMY. There’s maybe five meat recipes in the whole book, and only one appearance of pig.
Now that I’ve seen with my own eyes that God can do big miracles, like getting Jamie Oliver to start eating bircher muesli, it’s got me all excited about what else might be in store for mankind: world peace? Moshiach? That I’ll actually manage to get to the bottom of my washing pile? (I can dream…)
But one thing’s for sure: even small prayers are listened to, and even small prayers are answered.