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…

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…

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…

Rocky road (#50)

Getting there. Getting there. 18 months and not 12, but hey ho. It’s been fun. So I hope no one is in the mood to hold my feet to the fire for not reaching 52 new recipes by the end of 2017. Now this is a dessert recipe that has got the office going crazy….

Marshmallow rice krispies squares (#45)

So there’s a lovely little light touch recipe to make when you want a naughty breakfast snack – although, I confess, I can’t categorize them as anything other than dessert. A cheeky one from Nigella Express, I couldn’t help but make these. Partially as I actually had a whole bunch of related ingredients leftover from Nigella’s…

Spiced beef, potato and apricot tagine (#43)

It took me a while to get round to making this one. For numerous reasons: There’s a two hour stint in the oven, there are apricots involved, and the ingredients list looks intimidating (although it really shouldn’t to me considering my burgeoning spice draw). For a weekend dinner party this one would be such an impressive…

Korean beef and rice pot (#42)

This one requires a trip to Waitrose. A big Waitrose. Gochujang chili paste is the thing you need, which is part of Waitrose’s cook’s ingredients. I’m sure you’d probably be able to find it in other big supermarkets, but I relied on the ‘Trose. Also I have searched for it in the medium-sized Clerkenwell store…

Frankfurter sausage rolls and mustard sauce (#41)

Don’t doubt, but believe. I’ve been eyeing this one up for months. Partially because as a child I absolutely loved frankfurters, even if they do have ridiculous amounts of fat and salt to batter your metabolism with.  Another reason is because I do just love a good sausage roll. Actually, aside from just being a…

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…

Fried brie, prosciutto & fig sandwich (#39)

Gosh, what a delight. This is a hungover Sunday morning meal for the gods. Cheese. Meat. Fried bread. Dream upon dream, joy upon joy. The route to happiness has opened before us. I, probably like you, saw the fig in the recipe and originally thought ‘nah, I’m okay thanks’ but it’s a superb addition. You…