Nigella Lawson shares her tips for quick and satisfying meals with recipes for lemon linguine, salmon and mushy peas and griddled chicken with herbed spiked yogurt and couscous. Plus a rich chocolate pudding for dessert.
For Nigella, entertaining means spending time with friends, not anguishing alone in the kitchen, and the taste of the food is far more important than it's presentations. To take the strain out of home entertaining Nigella goes a Middle Eastern style meze. The food itself is not all from the Middle East, rather it's the pattern of eating that's emulated, with a series of dishes, including Hummus with yogurt, olive oil and toasted pinenuts, lime-sharp guacamole studded with green chilli, garlic and prosciutto with beans. This is easy cooking and easy eating.
We all have certain foods which comfort us because they remind us of childhood. Dishes that our parents prepared for us always retain a special place in our hearts. For Nigella, her ultimate 'desert island dish' is her mother's steak bernaisse and, for pudding, her grandmother's poached pears with vanilla ice cream and a dark, luscious chocolate sauce.
Nigella focuses on the foods she loves to eat when she's cooking for one. One of her favorite and most regular lunches is salad with pancetta and parmesan. Next, she makes Lamb Chops with a garlicky tahini and lemon sauce that provides that little extra zing. Nigella also shares her South East Asian flavored Mussels.
Nigella Lawson shares her favorite weekend recipes. She focuses on the simple yet delicious food she cooks for herself, her family and friends. Stews are great for weekends. A particular favorite of Nigella's is Greek lamb stew with past. Weekends are also great for baking. Nigella shares her recipe for Clementine cake. Nigella wraps up her weekends with a beautiful Sunday roast.
At the end of a long day, cooking can seem just like another exhausting chore. So, Nigella shares those simple foods you can face cooking on those days when you just hav to hit the kitchen running. Mozzarella en curtoza is the ultimate TV Dinner. It's quick to make, and you can eat it with your hands. Nigella also shares her Chicken Chorizo and Cannelloni beans with Kale recipe. And for dessert Nigella makes Vanilla Ice Cream with Toasted Pine Nuts and warm Honey.
Nigella shares recipes of her favorite comfort foods. First up are rich and creamy mashed potatoes which can also be used as leftovers to make Salmon Cakes. Nigella shares her recipe for Risotto, which she considers not only comfort food, but comfort cooking. And you can't talk about comfort foods without making a rich Chicken Soup. Finally, Nigella shares her recipe for the ultimate comfort food - Chocolate Cake.
Why be constrained by the time-table? Enjoy breakfast food day or night. For Nigella breakfast starts with Pancakes and Muffins. Then she shares a recipe for Masala Omelettes, a nice rich indian omelette. And no late breakfast can go without an accompaniment. Nigella shares her recipe for Bloody Mary's, and ends her meal with Kugel - a sweet German Cake.
Nigella creates kitsch in the kitchen.
Nigella shares recipes for the foods she believes are soothing, restorative, that make you feel better.
Nigella believes cooking is really a personal history of our lives, and today she shares her favorite childhood recipes with her children.
Nigella shares recipes that are best prepared over the weekend when you have more time on your hands. She shares a recipe for a warm Shredded Lamb and Mint Salad, and a pepper and feta salad and turkish delight.
The best food is often the simplest food. Nigella's favorite fall back is Lamb Shanks and Creme Brule.
When time is tight, fast assembly food is great. But on housebound and rainy weekends, I want to savor a little domestic warmth, and enjoy some laid back stove side pottering for a change.
Nigella's found a way of providing good food while still enjoying the party. Nigella shares her recipes for a velvety dip, some cheese, toasted nuts, Barbecued Chicken and cupcakes.
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