Phil Gyford


Thursday 7 October 2004

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When I haven’t been moving house, or writing HTML for the new Which? site, I’ve spent some time of late at Poke, working on the site for Jamie Oliver’s new book, Jamie’s Dinners. Concept, design and Flash by the Pokers, PHP, HTML and CSS by yours truly.

Of course, there are sample recipes, grouped into tasty meals — click ‘View Menu’, then ‘View Recipe’ for all the details. But there’s some much snazzier stuff…

You can set up a party for friends. The site will send out invites, give you a detailed and easy to understand shopping list, clear and beautiful instructions, and after the event prompt you and your guests to post photos and comments. There’s some lovely Flash in there… how about this for instructions on cooking a meal. Yum!


A few avoidable HTML errors on that site (though map is one of those hard-to-use elements in XHTML 1.1). On track to work on those, I hope?

Posted by Joe Clark on 9 October 2004, 11:33 pm | Link

Just checked the front page... aside from the image map stuff (I'll look into that, thanks), all the rest of the errors are in HTML that was supplied to me by others, to do with the Flash stuff... grrr.

Posted by Phil Gyford on 10 October 2004, 10:36 am | Link

i wonder if you might be interested in old school meals recipes I worked as a dinner lady for 24rs most of them are that age. the recipes i mean

Posted by carol snow on 11 October 2004, 1:34 pm | Link

Forget the HTML validation.... this cookbook is great!

I bought it Saturday and have been making recipes from it all weekend long... portobello mushrooms, cannelloni, and spring chicken.

Great mix of variety, reasonable recipes, and mouth-watering photography.

Posted by Michael Slater on 17 October 2004, 12:57 pm | Link

i live in Alfreton, Derbyshire and me and a few friends are hoping to regenerate the allotments in our area. once they have been cleared ready for use we will be using a few plots for our group The Alfreton Munch Bunch. we are a group for families with children to help them learn how to grow thier own fruit and veg, and to help the next generation appriciate their enviroment and the animals that live in it. we also want to get the children to eat the recommended 5 a day.we were hoping that you,Jamie Oliver would open the allotments when they are regenerated to encourage more people to grow thier own fruit and veg and to eat healthily.

Posted by jennymurdoch on 31 March 2005, 3:06 pm | Link

i was wondering if there was any addresses that you could give me fo him as i would like to contact him on his work and how to start up myself

Posted by kayla on 3 September 2005, 11:03 am | Link

I really enjoy your show both on the FoodNetwork and on RaiSat. Saturday 27 January 2006 I was watching RaiSat and you were preparing a dinner for Gennero and Mauro which consisted of a Fig & Prosciutto Salad, Roasted Ducks and a wonderful Pudding (so it looked) called King of Puddings (if I'm not mistaken that was the name. Is it possible to have the recipe for this pudding. Thank you for your assistance.

Posted by Odete Nolletti on 28 January 2006, 10:28 am | Link

im 12 years old and im from hillcrest christian college and im doing this massive project on historical or moden heroes and im doing jamie as my night of the notable person and i need lots of info on him and ive typed inheaps of differnt sites butthere just the same like i need to know about his life and stuff like that.


Posted by jordan spratt on 27 February 2006, 10:27 am | Link

Can anyone tell me what wood was used to make the benchtop in Jamie's kitchen [light coloured - looks very hard]. It is beautiful.

Posted by Norma Gladding on 7 May 2006, 3:10 am | Link

I am a mature student of French and I am writing an essay on Terroir - what it is, is it just a myth dreamed up by advertisers or does it really exist? AND does terroir exist in Great Britain? I would really welcome a comment from Jamie Oliver himself. Thank-you, Rosie Whitmore.

Posted by Rosie Whitmore on 12 October 2006, 9:21 am | Link

Congratulations Jamie! But the work ain't half done yet... You've taken on a megga task...and anyone with a half a brain cell is on your side. The outpouring of sympathy for the poor little mites who can't stomach good food is an inditement against poor parenting and cheap food outlets.

I think a TV programme, like Ready steady cook for parents and children would help break down walls and barriers... Quick, healthy fresh food and joint parent and child exploration... Your enemy is fast food... Why not make a friend of it...

Keep going...have courage and don't give up... Maria

Posted by Theresa Maria feeney on 6 November 2006, 7:09 pm | Link

Jamie whats going on down in cornwall the students are being treeted apolingly when sick they are told to get back to work or get out and sick time [with] doctors note are told will use the time off as holiday i feel sick at what i witnesed last week and the week before with some of the girls being upset and distrought and indeed frightened with the bulleing that is going on. Jamie having met you on the opening night and lisening to you plans for the students i cant imagine you can be aware of whats going on down there. my phone no is 01442 400654 if you wish to talk to me regards malcolm.

Posted by malcolm on 26 February 2007, 12:35 pm | Link

I am a pensioner and watching all the programs on Tv and looking at the many cook books none I have seen actually show how to prepare food from the begining,I do mean the begining, how to cut a large sweed, how much do you peel away, how to prepare a cabbage, or carrots even the basic potato. Start at the beginning not half way into the meal


Posted by A James on 19 November 2007, 5:06 pm | Link

Well done Jamie,Its great that you are trying to encourage parents and children to eat healthy meals,Its sad to say that these days our childrens health doesnt seem a priority,Children need three meals a day sitting together at the table, healthy eating feeds the brain.Its a shame cooking has not been reintroduced in the schools,bless you for caring for the children.

Posted by polly on 26 September 2008, 6:35 pm | Link

hello my name is holly stuart and i am 14 years old, and i resently found out that i had irritable bowel syndrome. i need some help on what i can eat as there are lots of things that makes your IBS kick off, IBS is short for irritable bowel syndrome can you help me in changing my diet. i found out that IBS is the begining if you do not get help to find out more about it as it could get worse and turn in to kromes disease and then it could turn in to cancer which would scare you at any age as it can develope in young adults and teenagers and i think lots of people that have got IBS could do with your help and if you could find some recipes or some interesting information that would be great. thank-you xx

Posted by Holly on 7 October 2008, 9:18 am | Link

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