Beef casserole with horseradish and mustard (#70)

There is some serious drama in my backstory for this one. Serious drama. I tried to make this two years ago. Stupidly tried to do it after work. Hours later, while tired, impatient and hungry I accidentally tipped the whole thing over on the kitchen floor. There was a rather comic (read tragic) moment of…

Cottage pie with crush potato (#68)

I must caution you, Mary Berry is going to make quite a return to this blog in the next few posts. I’ve already described my joy at the rediscovery of her Absolute Favourites, and my recent shop relied quite heavily on this book. I want you to excuse the terrible photo for this blog post. Actually,…

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…

Paprika chicken (#54)

I had the most tremendous goulash on my trip to Hungary at Easter this year. I cannot recommend Aszú Étterem enough (the city has so many fantastic restaurants it’s hard to beat, but this restaurant just nabbed the ‘best main course’). A few weeks after I got back I tried out a Hairy Bikers’ goulash…

Sweet potato macaroni cheese (#53)

Macaroni cheese is boring. There, I said it. I love cheese, I love pasta. But, both of them are sublime carriers of, or additions to, so many other wonderful flavours. Just having a big bowl of it, even for the cheese-obsessed pasta-crazed human that I am, seems a tad dull for dinner. Then enters this…

Quick chicken chasseur (#44)

This is my first recipe where I’ve taken it not from Nigella, or indeed another celebrity chef, but simply from BBC Good Food. But, y’know what, that’s perfectly acceptable. Food is food, and good food is good food (no pun intended). I made this the other week when I was knackered, and wanted some packed…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chocolate Mint Cookies (#18)

For the amount of effort to make these babies, they are incredibly worthwhile. Wow Nigella Express, you really can judge this book by the cover. The recipes are as quick and effortless as they say. I took these into the office but forgot to take a photo until they’d been sitting in Tupperware for a good…

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, even if this has since no longer…