Aloo gobi (#71)

I’ve wanted to make aloo gobi for ages. It’s one of those dishes I really like but feel I don’t get to have very often. I get the impression that my friends from school, known somewhere between ‘Michelin List Mandem’ and ‘Indian restaurant tour’, aren’t very fussed about it when we go out. So I…

Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake (#69)

I am aware that the desserts do get the hearts aflutter on this blog. They do get so many more likes. I often find this a shame, as the main courses could probably be well described as the raison d’être for the blog. I will gladly, happily, gleefully, make an exception for this recipe however. I…

Vegetable coconut curry (#64)

I am not one of those people who will willingly submit oneself to a meal without meat if I did not have good cause to do so. This one is a bit of a winner. Yes, the ingredients list looks pretty chunky, but what it does is partially build up a range of flavours but…

Rajasthani saffron chicken curry (#62)

Forgive the terrible photo. My dieting at the start of 2019 depends on me be over the top on packaging, freezing and then reheating a mass batch of Sunday cooking. With that aside, I want to just say that this is a wonderful little curry to have in your repertoire. Definitely one I’ll make again,…

Chocolate chip cookies (#56)

Yes, I’ve made these before in my life, but I’ve gone past recipe number 52 and quite frankly these are so damn good that you’re not gonna stop me from posting these. It’s a Nigella bake. Of course it is! Nothing goes to plan like a Nigella bake. I’ve now made these twice, and I…

Cappuccino pavlova (#52)

What a journey it has been! I’ve finally got round to posting the magical fifty-second recipe. I can’t quite believe it. Admittedly it took just over 18 months rather than one year, but I’ve got so many other meals and bakes that I’ve made but not written up that I’m afraid the blog is just…

Chicken balti (#49)

Last weekend I went back to visit my dearest Mother. When she has various gifts for me she asks me to bring a suitcase in which to take everything back to my London flat. In this case, she bought me a book by John Torode. Leaving that to one side for a moment, I also…

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…

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…

Cinnamon Almond cake (#25)

So this one went down a treat. The office deemed this potentially my best cake yet, which I consider not just a compliment to me but my absolute favourite TV chef Nigella. Nigellissima gave me this one. The Italian origin of it is lost on me – who doesn’t love nuts and cinnamon? (Well, my…

Pear and ginger muffins (#22)

Now I know I need to stop just pillaging Nigella. I am in fact buying a Hairy Biker’s book at some point soon, not only because their programmes are playful and pleasant viewing, but also because when we have a house of three I can hopefully scale up the cooking. In the meantime, the nation’s…

Chicken Jalfrezi (#21)

Now I’m playing a little bit of a fast one with you, but not massively so. I did make this Chicken Jalfrazi last year at some point, but I think I originally thought it was a bit fiddly so never made it again. I would like to recant and this time I loved the outcome…