Some of the newsflashes in which he was the center of attention:
In 2005, Oliver was widely criticized by animal rights groups for slaughtering a fully conscious lamb on his TV show (my God!). Some critics believed his act would scare meat eaters into becoming vegetarians, which they stated as good television. I would never become a vegetarian to be honest but I am happy to not have seen this video..
Also in 2005, Jamie Oliver embarked upon his school dinners campaign to improve the quality of food fed to pupils. While the campaign was arguably successful, at the time it was a highly controversial shake-up for students and parents, some of whom believed that the students should have a healthy option available, but still be given the choice as to what they want to eat. (agreeable I guess)
In September 2006, Rawmarsh Community School, South Yorkshire, UK, made headlines after a handful of parents revolted against Oliver's lunch plan (in which all 1,100 pupils on site were fed two portions of fruit and three vegetables every day) by delivering junk food from local shops to the pupils through the school fence. (who are these people for Heaven's sake? So much for setting an example!!) One parent dismissed Oliver's food as 'disgusting rubbish' and declared: 'Food is cheaper and better at the local takeaways.'
Well guys, believe me he knows how to make a good healthy vegetarian dish :)
- 350 gr pasta (whichever you like)
- 1 large firm aubergine
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
- 2 x 400g tins good-quality plum tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons thick cream
- a large handful of fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped oregano
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 x 200g ball of buffalo mozzarella
- 4 large handfuls of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Thanks for sharing this recipe Jamie, you are amazing!