Jamie’s Unique Wonders on Channel 4 is the perfect series for those of us who want to save time and money on cooking at home, while still being able to cook delicious meals for the whole family.
In his eight-part series, the television chief Jamie Olivier teaches us how to prepare his favorite one-pot meals, all cooked in one pot or tray. From quick meals that can be prepared in 15 minutes or less to large batch cooking, family favorites or recipes that can be left alone to slow cook. Each contains just a few ingredients and, best of all, there’s minimal washing up afterwards!
All of Jamie’s recipes have all been tried and tested on his own family and are featured in his latest cookbook. One: Simple one-dish wonders (opens in a new tab). It kicks off the eight-part series with a nifty spin on the classic carbonara, a foolproof fish pie, and a flavor-packed roast lamb feast.
So here’s everything you need to know about Jamie’s Unique Wonders on Channel 4, including an interview with Jamie himself to say a lot more about how to live without cooking…
Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders Release Date
Jamie’s Unique Wonders is an eight-part series which begins on Channel 4 from Monday August 22 at 8.30pm. After the show’s original air date, episodes will be available weekly at the same time and on the All4 streaming service.
Interview: Jamie Oliver Reveals the Ideas Behind Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders, and More!
Can you explain the premise of your Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders series?
Jamie says, “This is my ultimate tribute to making life simpler. It’s all cooked in one pan or tray, so it’s perfect for those days when you need convenient solutions to get great food on the table quickly. Think minimal ingredients, big flavor. , and less dishes! Who doesn’t like that? »
Where did the idea come from?
“I came up with the idea at the start of 2021. The UK was back in lockdown and everything felt a bit gloomy. Food can bring so much joy, but when you’re stuck in a rut doing the same moves every day, cooking can feel like a chore I wanted to find a way to make preparing great food really easy, so if you’re busy or not feeling too motivated, you’re armed with simple options and hassle-free.
Do you think that’s something that’s particularly needed right now?
“For many of us, returning to the daily chaos of life and work routines after being stuck at home for so long has been a shock. Getting back into the rhythm of the kitchen with a busy schedule can need a bit of readjusting. I want to help fill your weekly plan with stress-free hit dishes, no matter what day of the week. You also don’t need a lot of equipment. In the end, I hope It will make your life easier and more delicious!”
What are your favorite one-pan meals?
“I’m most proud of skillet pasta recipes. Each recipe serves one, so they’re perfect for all sorts of scenarios – a quick lunch at home, a simple dinner party, or, if you have a chaotic home like mine. , creating portions to suit after-school clubs and teen whims! [in episode two] went down a treat with my spell. It looks impressive, but it’s actually very easy to put together.”
How much kitchen experience is needed?
“There’s something for everyone: delicious lunches that won’t break the bank, quick dinners the whole family will love, and easy meals for beginner cooks.” I really hope everyone can take inspiration, because these recipes celebrate ease. It must be complicated!”
That said, was it hard to find the recipes? Your homemade bread in a pan [episode 2] and your roast pork roll with risotto [episode 3] seem particularly inventive…
“To be honest, it challenged me to approach things in a different way. The focus was on reducing the amount of cooking vessels needed. I had to approach recipes with a purpose. to one pan and, frankly, some dishes we all know and love didn’t make the cut in one pan But there are plenty that did, like my Upside Down Fish Pie “I’m really thrilled with the results and hope it brings new recipes into people’s repertoires. I’ve even discovered some new cooking styles, like whole-pan pasta recipes, which I’m very excited about.”
How do you hope the revenue will be received?
“As with all my solution-oriented books, I try solve a problem. When my 5 Ingredients cookbook came out a few years ago, I was surprised and delighted that it appealed to a very wide range of people – from students and novice cooks to experienced foodies, who wanted just an easy mid-week inspiration. I hope this has the same potential.
Are the recipes economical?
“I’m not going to claim that every recipe will work for every family budget, but I’m sure there is a very wide range of options. Many recipes come in at a really decent price per serving. Many work for less than 2 £ per serving, with many other recipes well below that I have tried to ensure that the majority of the ingredients can be found in any supermarket.
Are you a fan of batch cooking?
“It’s a really economical way to cook – scaling is often much cheaper per serving and means you can fill the freezer with delicious home-cooked meals, ready and waiting. In the book, I have a great little chapter on batch cooking I have a wonderful sweet potato chili [in episode 5] which we cost at only 66p per serving. You just know those leftovers are going to be good!”
What kitchen items can’t you do withoutyou
“A really good casserole! Also a good sharp knife is essential for being safe and efficient in the kitchen. I would also say a quick peeler for adding a delicate texture to salads. And a pestle and mortar are essential for adding great flavor – everything from preparing fresh herbs, garlic and nuts for a beautiful pesto, to making superb pickles, marinades and flavored salt and spice pastes.”
Finally, who is the head cleaner in your family?
“That would be telling! All I can say is that my wife, Jools, is not a fan of tableware. That’s one of the reasons I dedicated the book to her!”
Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders Episode Guide
Here’s our guide to every episode of Jamie’s Unique Wonders which we’ll be adding weekly, so check back for updates…
Episode 1 Monday August 22
Jamie gives us some wonderfully inventive twists on the classics in the form of a family-sized fish pie (pictured above), a quick single-serving mushroom carbonara, as well as a roast lamb with vibrations to rip and share.
Episode 2: Monday, August 29
Jamie’s Cheese and Cauliflower Pasta took a popular vegetable dish and paired it with spaghetti. The resulting creamy and silky pasta dish is then coated in crispy golden breadcrumbs. Reinventing another family favorite, Jamie offers a healthier version of the classic Chicken kyiv. Stuffed with a gorgeous garlic butter that flavors the chicken from the inside out while cooking, he then wraps the chicken in filo pastry instead of breadcrumbs, creating wonderfully light and crispy parcels.
We’ll update more episodes of her when we can!
Is there a trailer for Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders?
Channel 4 has not released a trailer for Jamie’s Unique Wonders so we’ll just have to watch the series come out and get inspired every week.
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