Quick chicken cacciatore (#40)

This one is going to be one of my new staples. If you skim read through the pages of this blog you’ll see the words ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ paid as the highest compliment to many of the recipes. Is it considered unsuitable in someone who enjoys cooking that they prefer to have it done and…

Fried brie, prosciutto & fig sandwich (#39)

Gosh, what a delight. This is a hungover Sunday morning meal for the gods. Cheese. Meat. Fried bread. Dream upon dream, joy upon joy. The route to happiness has opened before us. I, probably like you, saw the fig in the recipe and originally thought ‘nah, I’m okay thanks’ but it’s a superb addition. You…

Spiced chicken salad with bite (#38)

This is the first time I’ve eaten something that can be called a salad and I’ve thought ‘I’m enjoying this’. As unfair to salads as that opening line was – I promise that I do love my veg – I question those that eat salads in any capacity other than as a starter to a…

Carrots and fennel with harissa (#37)

This is one of those rare occasions where I’ve sacrificed having a hearty meal just to try test a side dish for you. Well, not quite. I promptly ate this and then went on to eat something more substantial in addition to enough sides for 4 people. Now, if you have a relatively plain piece…

Spicy sesame mushrooms with spaghetti (#36)

I’m into sesame at the moment. Partially because I had to buy sesame oil for a recipe and now I think it’ll go to waste if I don’t find more excuses to use it. However, also because it’s genuinely an enjoyable flavour that I’d argue you don’t see that much in home cooking. This little…

Honey pie (#35)

No, I am not using some ghastly soppy reference to the lady in my life – although you are more than welcome to use whatever terms of endearment you so wish, however 1950s they may be. No, this is in fact a recipe for an incredible tart which you’ll dream of returning to. I will…

Garlic butter conchiglie (#34)

Every so often I am looking for something pretty basic, but ideally always something out of the ordinary. At the very least, it should be something that not everyone turns to. In comes in this little recipe from Simply Nigella. My favourite chef used ‘pasta snails’, or lumache rigate, but I used conchiglie. The main reason is because…

Sweet potato bake (#33)

So I’m Nigella mad, but her new program is on TV and I just had to buy the book. Yes, this is my first attempt at a recipe from At My Table. I’ve changed some ingredients. I had pancetta lurking around the house that I thought I should use up, so I disregarded the lardons suggested….

Apple and cinnamon almond muffins (#32)

Yes it’s another dessert. And yes, I have completely gone over the top on fruit-based muffin recipes, all of which are Nigella’s. I think this is my third at least? Pears first, bananas second, now we have apple. This is another one I absolutely adored. The combo of honey and yoghurt in the recipe is…

Express sesame peanut noodles (#31)

This is one of those recipes for when it’s late on a Sunday and you realize that you haven’t prepared any lunch for the rest of the week. Now, the recipe below is for an absolutely humongous batch. I halved it and still had tons, so unless you genuinely do want to be eating it…

Eggs benedict with hollandaise (#30)

Number 30. My gosh, what a journey. Aside from the fact I should be on number 43 if I wanted to be on track for 52 new recipes in 2017 (I still have time, so everyone chill), I saved this one for number thirty because it’s actually been on my list for much longer than…

Banana and chocolate butterscotch muffins (#29)

Now I implore you to try all the dessert recipes in Nigella Express. They’ve all had first class ratings from everyone I’ve given them to. Another one, the Pear and Ginger Muffins, remain my absolute favourite, but these are really not very far from the top of the list either. Nigella asks for butterscotch ‘morsels’ or chocolate…