Meatballs and orzo (#57)

I’d had my eyeballs focused on these meatballs for months. Nigella’s At My Table really is a wonderful book that I love exploring. The picture in the book just grabbed me. To some extent, it’s a classic tomato, pasta and mince dish which is why it feels so incredibly familiar. The colour is so inviting. But…

Tagliata (#55)

Back I go to Italian Nigella. Why wouldn’t I? I’ve been so busy for the past few weeks I’ve barely cooked at all, and before that almost everything I cooked seemed to be pasta based merely for convenience. It might seem odd that I turned to Nigellissima for something wheat free, but the book has some…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pork belly in chilli & fennel with mustard mash (#19)

Pork belly is genuinely the dream. Get that belly in my belly. Not only is pork belly, with its slightly fatty meatiness, quite simply the food of the gods, but like all roast meat it requires remarkably little attention even if it does demand time. I went to the butcher’s counter at Waitrose for this,…

Italian Traybake (#16)

Okay, I’ve made a traybake before. Many times. I haven’t made this one in particular, so it counts. Actually, having just put a downer on it, it was scrumptious. Partially because I hadn’t had potato in a while, and potato is one of my absolute faves among the carbs. But also rosemary was just the…

Garlic mushrooms with chilli & lemon (#15)

It is my understanding that mushrooms are divisive. I feel there’s a decent minority that dislike them all the time, and most people dislike them at least some of the time. However, I love a good ‘shroom. The only time I stay clear of them is when I’m feeling a bit under the weather, then…

Carbonara with pancetta and chorizo (#14)

I had the most extraordinary craving for this the other day. I actually made this for the first time in Italy, on a cheeky holiday in Venice back in March. However, many moons later and firmly back on English soil my mind wandered back to those great evenings cooking in the Airbnb and I thought…