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My newt’s on the menu in Jamie’s missing-hyphen diet

[16 October 2012] Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new book has one of those titles that sets pedants’ hearts racing. Called ‘15 Minute Meals’, the tome appears to suggest it will contain recipes for 15 absolutely tiny dishes, which for a £26 hardback does seem a bit steep.

The waggish presenters on last night’s ‘The One Show’ entered into the missing-hyphen fun by getting a creator of doll’s-house meals – called, as you’d expect, Carol Cook – to transform Oliver’s ingredients into miniature platters, and very appetizing they looked too.

Have a look for yourself – the clip is about 30 minutes into the programme on BBC i-player:

Earlier in the show, Jamie Oliver chatted with nine-year-old Martha Payne, she of the Lochgilphead school meals blog, who’s already raised £117,000 for Martha’s Meals, a charity that helps children get decent school dinners in Africa and elsewhere. Martha’s just returned from Malawi, looking at where some of the money she’s raised has been spent. See our story:’s_eggsellent_english_goes_global

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