Saturday, 28 February 2015

Hake Mediterranean Bake

The first signs of a long dark British winter beginning to recede are distinctly in the air this Saturday lunchtime - a pleasant sun in the sky, mild temperatures, birds busy in the garden, and sprouting bulbs in the garden.

At the moment I am on a slight mission to lose a little weight - nearly half a stone in two weeks to date - and I wanted a lunch this Saturday that was quick to prepare and cook, low in calories, and tasty.

A quick glance through my cupboards, fridge and freezer inspired me to come up with something from initial conception to plate in just over 30 minutes.

The ingredients by themselves looked uninspiring, but combined together exceeded my wildest expectations. The sweet sauce of the tomatoes and the kick from the paprika really elevates this meal. The final bonus is that, with a frozen portion of hake coming in at only 75p, the whole lunch comes in at a few pence over £1. Fantastic!

1 frozen hake portion (any white fish would work equally as well)
6 cherry tomatoes
1 tomato, quartered
small handful sliced frozen mixed peppers
2 slices red onion, chopped
hot paprika
olive oil
salad leaves, handful

1. Heat oven to 200C (follow packet cooking instructions for guidance)
2. Place fish into oven-proof dish
3. Add the vegetables to the dish
4. Sprinkle fish to taste with hot paprika, drizzle over a tiny amount of olive oil and place in oven for approx. 25min
5. When fish is cooked through serve up with some salad leaves on the side, drizzling those lovely sweet tomato juices over the fish.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

My novel Two Rubber Souls

My novel Two Rubber Souls is currently available in both the United Kingdom and the USA at Amazon. Please select the relevant link below for further information.

UK Residents
Two Rubber Souls paperback version £8.89   CLICK HERE
Two Rubber Souls Kindle eBook version £0.75   CLICK HERE
Author's Amazon Sellers page (JIMBEK BOOKS LTD)  paperback version £6.78   CLICK HERE
USA Residents
Two Rubber Souls paperback version $14.49   CLICK HERE
Two Rubber Souls Kindle eBook version $0.99  CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Amateur Chef's New Novel

Regular visitors to my 'The Amateur Chef' blog will have noticed the lack of new entries recently. I have a large backlog of recipes to add, so please keep checking back.

The reason for my lack of activity is due to being tied up with my recently released novel Two Rubber Souls. It is widely available worldwide in paperback- Amazon, Waterstone's, Barnes and Noble, etc - as well as to download in Kindle format - and has been very successful to date. Please check out info of it here, and at the book's website

I would dearly love to hear your comments.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Two Rubber Souls Released Worldwide On Kindle

I am pleased to announce that my debut novel Two Rubber Souls is now available for the Kindle format from and  This will be followed in a few weeks time with the official standard paperback launch of the novel.

Please go to either of these sites to request a sample download, or to purchase a copy. It is reasonably priced at only a few pounds or dollars.

Thank you


Thursday, 15 September 2011

New Novel Coming Soon!

Please check out my (developing) website devoted to my debut novel, due to be published in November 2011.

It will also be available on Kindle format hopefully sometime in October.

The novel is titled 'Two Rubber Souls' and further info can be found at
It is a bitter-sweet portrayal of a year in the life of a 14yr old boy in 1980s England. If you can recall the days of school discos and first love with a degree of nostalgia, and have an interest in 80s music, then this may be of interest to you. It also features a fictionalised Barry Manilow in the guise of a kind of agony aunt figure!

If you are a facebook member please look up the page there and add it as a favourite. You may just earn yourself a free copy if you do as I will have some giveaways nearer Xmas.

It will be available at both,, as well as, and other good booksellers. Please order from your library if you do not wish to part with your hard-earned money, or I will have an initial limited number of copies available at below Amazon prices.

Thank you.