Would you like Jamie Oliver At Home?

February 2, 2011

Child Two and I recently watched Jamie Oliver’s American Food Revolution and I don’t mind admitting I blubbed when he bounced into a class of five and six year olds, held up a tomato, and literally NOT ONE child knew what on earth it was. They couldn’t even identify a potato in its natural state, though they apparently spent their lives wolfing them down once they’d been deep fried. The town he chose to launch his revolution in had topped official US charts as the unhealthiest place in America. In the funeral home, the undertakers explained they couldn’t even cremate their largest clients – their body fat meant they burnt away in the ovens like giant candles. Needless to say Jamie worked very hard, introduced good food to the schools in the face of massive resistance, and has probably increased the life expectancy of people in that town by about 20 years each.

It was extraordinary stuff and it’s made me a huge Jamie fan. I recently bought his new 30 minute book and, while everything takes me a lot longer than 30 minutes to make, it is great and everything so far has been eaten by everyone, no mean feat in a household where tastes differ to almost (entirely) wilful degrees.

So all that meant that when a nice PR from the Sun’s Buzz magazine got in touch and offered me the new Jamie At Home series as a giveaway for one lovely reader, I said yes please. I find the Sun a very bizarre paper – I was stunned recently to find it still features naked women on Page 3. In 2011!! With no sense of irony. Isn’t that just peculiar? Aren’t men embarrassed to be seen with something so tawdry and yeeshish? It seems not, as the Sun’s circulation is stratospheric. How would they feel if the Page 3 was not some poor cold teenage girl trying to escape from shelf-stacking any which way she can, but an equally bored teenage boy with his bits out, accompanied by some ghastly caption ending up with ….’and we think he’s got a BIG future ahead of him,’ or something equally cringeworthy?

But I digress. The DVD giveaway is in fact associated with the Sun’s telly listings magazine, The Sun Buzz Magazine, which does feature a lot of celeb cleavage shots – which mag doesn’t these days – but at least these are famous(ish) people who’ve worn low-cut tops and hung out of them on purpose, not poor exploited girls who know no better. So I’m happy to mention it in the interests of giving one of you lovely people a set of the six Jamie At Home DVDs. Sadly they don’t come in a swanky box but they still feature his cheeky chops on the sleeves. If you’d like to win the set, leave a comment and I’ll pick the winner from my chef’s hat in about a week. Bonne chance and bon appetit!

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  • CherishedByMe February 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I have to admit I came across page 3 recently, I can’t remember why, and was shocked that it still features. I just hope my sons never bring it home!
    Would love to win the DVD’s please. 🙂

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

      You’re in the chef’s hat, Cherished 🙂

  • Domestic goddesque February 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    OOOO, I would like to win this. Please. Thank you very much!

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

      In the hat too, DG, good luck 🙂

  • Mo February 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I love Jamie Oliver! Please let me in the draw! I will keep my fingers crossed!! 😉

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      You’re in there, Mo, and good luck to you!

  • Lynda February 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I realise you won’t be able to post the set to Australia but I love Jamie. My youngest started watching his show when he left school, grew fascinated and started recording it. Next I was given lists of ingredients to get and slowly ( that being the operative word – we often ate very late!) he took over the cooking.He is now a superb cook. When he left home the cooking quality in our house went back to low. All is not lost though – he is moving home next week. I keep hanging onto the fact that the food will be great again to try and get my head around the many other downsides!

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Oh you are sweet, Lynda, as I didn’t actually specify UK residents only – but as you have your own version of Jamie arriving back home soon I will rest easy knowing you are being very well fed! He sounds like a great son (downsides apart) and I wish you many happy and delicious meals once he’s back 🙂

  • Emma February 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I declare this false advertising.. actually though I was going to get Jamie in my kitchen.. *sulks* ;o)

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Erm, oopsie, so sorry Emma, I will have a word with the lovely folk at Buzz and see what they can arrange …. *crosses fingers rapidly behind back*

  • exmoorjane February 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Noooo….keep me out of the hat! Can’t ABIDE TV chefs (though I do still cherish a fondness for the Two Fat Ladies and hvae been rather chuffed to discover that the Hairy Bikers follow me on Twitter for some strange reason)…
    The Sun IS decidedly odd…. and, okay, confession time, I do possess a Jamie Oliver (At Home) very large mixing bowl, which is rather fab. xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Ooh, I’m almost tempted to put you in the hat as you are bound to win!! But I won’t …. or will I? No, I’ll be good …. not surprised the Hairy Bikers are following you, they probably want to entice you to ride side-saddle with them for their next series 😉 xx