Spicy crab risotto (#12)

I must admit I was slack on this one. It wasn’t one of my favourites so I think I’ve put off writing it up for a month, sorry Nigella. However, I realised I’d left number 12 blank and that makes my lovely numbering system look ugly. At least if it had been number 13 I…

Nutella cheesecake (#11)

Dieters and nut allergy suffers need not apply. For the rest of you, however, this one will be an indulgence you won’t forget. It took me ages to get round to making this one. Heaven only knows why! I leapt at the recipe the second I saw it required an entire tub of nutella. Of course, it’s…

Malay fried rice (#10)

The mass pillaging of Nigella recipes stops now. Well, it’s in abeyance for this one as I have a lovely cake of hers lined up for Sunday. In the meantime, however, I am following a Mary Berry recipe from her Absolute Favourites: Malay Fried Rice. We all love a one pot (or something very near to being a…

Cookie dough pots (#9)

I used to bake cookies with my mother when I was but a wee lad, and I always adored eating the raw dough. ‘No’ she would say, ‘You’ll get an upset tummy’. Now I know that raw eggs are not to be consumed by old people, pregnant women and children. But, I was determined to eat the stuff…

Calabrian lasagne (#8)

I’ve begun to look forward to the possibilities of this a  lot more. After all, it’s not a chore. I’m cooking recipes from some of the best selling cook books in the world, why not go ahead and enjoy it? Depending on food situation, I now try and cook two of the large mains a week…

Chilli with chorizo and mozzarella (#7)

Sunday ended up being another great day in the kitchen. I was meant to go to my mother’s for lunch but sadly she was unwell. Left to fend for myself back at the flat, I found a few choice purchases from Waitrose allowed me to make a chilli. Yes, I’m sad to say that I…

Quick seafood pasta (#6)

I opted for pasta on my hungover Saturday, so today it’s a cheeky seafood recipe from Nigella’s Kitchen.  The main attraction for me was the colour. A warm orangey-red. And I just love seafood. Nigella uses a pack of frozen seafood, so I’ve followed suit. It was super quick to make, but I’m still not sold on…

Chocolate lime cake and margarita cream (#5)

No word of a lie, this is the most enjoyable thing I’ve baked in years. I probably decided to run with this one in a state of some minor hypochondria, fearing I might have come down with scurvy. But, vitamin C is no fun unless it’s in cake, so here we are with a chocolate lime…

Chicken with Greek herb sauce (#4)

Not the most complicated of recipes, but it was a lovely light lunch for one. And there’s loads of herb sauce which’ll last me for as long as the yogurt doesn’t go off. As innocuous as anything yogurt based might sound, it’s got a kick to it. Don’t think it’ll be wishy washy. The herbs…

Thick Chocolate Mousse (#3)

Want to indulge? If treating yourself does not include consuming a large amount of chocolate and cream then I’m not sure you’re doing it right. In this case, if you want to kick back with a mass of thick chocolate mousse this is the recipe for you. Sadly, I was hoping for a light chocolate mousse. Something…

Malaysian red-cooked chicken with rice (#2)

After delaying until the 10th to start this journey, I’ve used the 11th to catch up and cook my second brand new dish of the new year. This is a really interesting dry-ish curry, again from Simply Nigella. I was prevented from cooking it yesterday due to the depleted stocks of lemongrass in Clerkenwell Waitrose (‘outrageous!’, I hear your…

My recipe style

As I go through the year and make myself all this food, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t post the recipes.