I really didn’t think I could handle 6 DVDs based around Christmas meals of which 99% of the foods I never eat seeing as it’s summer in NZ and Jamie’s meals are all winter fare. I don’t think I’ve ever had turkey at Christmas.
But Jamie’s always goofing around and I found myself easily watching two shows in a row. He’s not a boring presenter and he does have a cheeky charm about him. I have never seen any of his shows or specials before and they’re well presented with great sets and cute animated/clay animated scenes in between recipes.
This collection consists of 6 DVDs and an apron all packaged in a nice box.
Each disc is basically focused around the main course of turkey and roast veg but within each show Jamie teaches you to make heaps of other yummy treats. So on to some of the highlights of the set.
Jamie Cooks Christmas (48 mins). Jamie focuses on making meals from left overs, specifically turkey. He makes Asian inspired turkey salad, mulled wine, jerk ham, truffles, baked figs for a cheese-board, turkey and sweet leek pie, spiced sugar and Christmas popcorn and leftover Xmas pud and ice-cream sundaes. Jamie’s Italian mentor Gennarro makes some porchetta.
Jamie’s Christmas (159 mins). Jamie gives you his top recipes and tips and things you must own in your kitchen and helps you to prep the day before Christmas so you aren’t rushing around all crazy on the big day. He creates his favourite turkey, pigs in blankets, veges with flavoured butters, pork and chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, roast veg, mashed veg and his Nan’s Christmas pudding.
As for extras on this disc there’s a few more scrumptious recipes: smoked salmon and watercress salad, creamed corn, best mince pies and a segment called “Jamie’s Xmas Top Tips” where he basically yells things at you that you’ll need on the day such as batteries and extra presents etc.
Jamie’s Family Christmas (5 part series). In this series Jamie gets help from various family members (wife, kids, mum, dad) to make Christmas dinner. Some highlights include: turkey con carne, gammon and eggs, kedgeree, bubble and squeak, strudel, chocolate mousse, clementine jelly, pomegranate shots, mulled cider, squash soup, and some DIY party combos to have on Christmas eve. You also get all of Jamie’s top tips for the perfect turkey and roasties.
Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas (2 episodes). These episodes are presented by his kids but are disappointingly just rehashed clips from the previous two discs so you’re getting double ups of turkey, gravy, veges, pudding bomb, fig cheese-board, truffles and a whole bunch more. The only new clips was of Jamie’s twist on mince pies with Gennarro which is also featured on a later disc.
Christmas with Bells on (80 mins). In this show Jamie “takes Christmas by the baubles”. He makes some incredibly delicious stuff that I have added to my recipe book. Homemade waffles and hot chocolate, classic stuffing, an interesting turkey dish he calls “Turkey Wellington”; semifreddo with Gennarro, jerk ham hocks, hot rummy lemonade punch, festive fiesta tacos, brussles with hustle, perfect roast veg, bloody mary seafood platter, simply celeriac, turkey chowder, and shows you some turkey carving techniques. Only 2-3 recycled clips here so lots of new content.
Jamie’s Christmas at Home (2 episodes). Jamie gets into the stuffing first and later cooks a goose and a turkey. He talks to Brian about cabbage and brussels and shows you how to make these unpleasant green veges sing. He also talks to some turkey breeders about what goes in to rearing good quality turkeys. Then it’s on to roasties and how to serve the goose. He boils chestnuts with Gennarro and again there’s a recycled clip of Jamie’s new take on mince pies.
At $49.99 this is an incredibly good buy for any Jamie Oliver fan.
Jamie Oliver’s Home Christmas Collection is available on R4 DVD from Shock.