‘I made a Jamie Oliver’s sunshine egg salad – and I ruined my lunch’

Attempting Jamie Oliver’s sunshine egg salad after work, I thought I had all the ingredients ready.

The evening prior I had gone to Waitrose to scour the supermarket aisles for these ingredients I personally hadn’t heard of – for example: dukkah.

Clearly not much of a cook, I thought I had got all the right ingredients but, turns out, maybe I didn’t.



  • Two tablespoons dukkah
  • One x 250g packet of mixed cooked grains
  • Half x 460g jar of roasted red peppers
  • 200g baby spinach
  • Four large free-range eggs
  • Half a pomegranate
  • Two heaped tablespoons of natural yoghurt.

I wasn’t sure what the mixed cooked grains would look like, so I picked up Waitrose Quick Cook Italian Five Grains.

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Jamie Oliver’s method:

  1. Put a large pan of salted water on to simmer for your eggs. Toast most of the dukkah in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat for two minutes, then tip in the grains. Drain, finely chop and add the peppers.
  2. Cook and stir for five minutes, season to perfection, then divide between your plates. Return the pan to the heat and quickly wilt the spinach. Season to perfection and divide over the grains.
  3. Meanwhile, crack each egg into the simmering water in one fluid movement and poach for three minutes, or until cooked to your liking. Squeeze a little pomegranate juice into a bowl and ripple through the yoghurt, then bash the pomegranate half with the back of a spoon so the remaining seeds tumble out.
  4. Drain the eggs on kitchen paper, then place on top of the spinach. Spoon over the pomegranate yoghurt, then sprinkle with the remaining dukkah and the pomegranate seeds.

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Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? My first mistake was heating up the water and toasting the dukkah, before realising that the mixed grains I bought needed to be cooked first.

Quickly noticing my error, I now had three saucepans on the cooker, the hob for the dukkah turned off, the water still heating up, and now the grains cooking.

While the grains were cooking, it gave me time to chop up the ginormous peppers.

At the time, I didn’t bother with getting pomegranates, as I’m not much of a fan of them – big mistake.

What I assumed would be a little addition to the recipe turned out to be rather important.

Note to self: read the method of a recipe before going out and getting ingredients.

Putting my dish together was fairly simple after this point, but I wouldn’t say it looked very appealing.

Nonetheless, if it tasted good, it would have been worth it but, unfortunately for me, it didn’t. Edible? Yes. Tasty? No.

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