OK, so this is the idea: sauce Marie Rose goes Moroccan. Instead of the usual tomato ketchup (well, be honest) I dollop in some good bought harissa. It works wonderfully, and the honey makes up for the sugar you lack by giving up the ketchup. Be careful when you buy harissa though, as not only does it vary enormously in strength but also some jars that bear the name are not really harissa but some paste made red with beetroot and carrot. Check the back of the tub for ingredients. I used a gorgeously mild harissa here, a rose harissa, that I find poetically desirable. But start with a small amount of the harissa before working up to the amount I have stipulated below. I love prawns/shrimp with their shell still on; a bit of DIY at the table always seems to help the atmosphere. But if you hate mess and can't bear the sight of seeing people dropping shells all over the place and haven't got time for treatment, then simply buy peeled prawns/shrimp instead.
These cookies have a melting, buttery texture and hold their shape very well while baking. The dough freezes well so you can make a double batch and wrap some dough in clingfilm to stash in the freezer. I like them best without icing. The recipe is from Nigella Lawson's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess'.
So easy and quick...great for an instant chocolate fix. Make these and put them directly into the freezer. This fudge stays nice and smooth but be sure to keep these cool. I use walnuts when I don't have pistachios.
If you’re going to attempt anything other than a bowl of cereal for an ordinary weekday breakfast, then muffins are the best bet. They are the easiest things to make, not least because the laziest of stirring is what’s required. The truth is that a heavy, lumpy batter makes for the lightest muffin. Split them still warm and, mouthful by mouthful, smear with the best unsalted butter you can find, adding as you want, marmalade, jam or amber, liquid-light honey.
Another Nigella recipe that I got off nytimes.com and have yet to try. Again, I omitted the oil called for in the recipe. (If you have no prob using oil, she calls for 1/4 cup peanut oil to be heated in the saute pan with the cinnamon stick)
These come out rather like a chocolate shortbread - a little on the sandy side. Be sure to let the glaze cool and thicken slightly or it will drip right off. Adapted from Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
I love this cake. As Nigella says: "the essence of all that is desirable in chocolate - dark intensity isn't toyed with nor upstaged by any culinary elaboration. The plainest of plain loaf cakes - damp, heady, aromatic!" What can I say?
Be sure to line the tin well.
These are light, simple, and delicious pancakes from "Forever Summer" by Nigella Lawson. They are delicate and flavourful, delicious eaten warm or cool with a dollop of fresh yogurt on the side. They make a lovely appetizer, or, with a side salad, a wonderful summer meal.
One of the most simple summer desserts, peaches macerated in the sweet wine muscat and served in a glass if you like or a bowl. 2 ingredients with a 3rd optional, nigella lawson does it again. I suggest checking out the picture at http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/peaches-in-muscat for a serving suggestion. time does not include refridgeration time but it can be 1 - 6 hours if you wish to get your dessert out of the way early. Otherwise you can, as nigella suggests also put a plate of ripe peaches and bottle of muscat on the table
The best roasted vegetable recipe ever - originally from British chef Nigella Lawson's TV show. Original recipe called for halloumi cheese, but as I have trouble finding it I use any salty cheese - goat feta is wonderful; your suggestions welcomed. Have served it at many dinner parties to rave reviews, but simple enough for a weeknight. Use a large (9x11) pan - it makes a deceptively large amount. Great reheated the next day or in pitas for lunch. Warning - once you try it, you'll get cravings. Goes great with any grilled or roasted meat or serve it as a vegetarian meal.
Normally, you need to make chocolate mousse a good few hours, or better still a day, before you want to eat it, so that the egg yolk sets and the whisked whites permeate everything with air bubbles. Forget that: here we have no yolks, no whites, no whisking, no waiting. Lack of raw egg, incidentally, also means that you might be happier giving the mousse to small children, though I certainly feel they should not be the only beneficiaries.