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…

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…

Blue cheese guacamole (#28)

I made normal guac for the first time this year, so it should legitimately be on this blog. But I’ve now gone one better. Yes, even better than guacamole! This cheesey guacamole recipe is from Nigella, of course it is, but more than anything it is from Nigella Express. I’ve rediscovered the book recently. I must…

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…

Mexican Scrambled Eggs (#20)

I settled on trying this one partially because scrambled eggs are just so easy. I’ve become a big fan of making them over the past year or so. But I really can’t justify just having some scrambled egg on it’s own for dinner so I’ve opted for this Nigella Express recipe. It turned out so…

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,…

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…