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Forever Summer (UK) by Nigella Lawson

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  • Short pasta with asparagus, lemon, garlic and parsley

    • Jane on May 05, 2017

      This was just OK. I wanted a quick dinner using the small amount of asparagus I had from a friend's first harvest. This was rather bland despite garlic and lemon. I added Parmesan which helped some but I won't be repeating this one.

    • foodbling on May 08, 2011

      This recipe also works well with zucchini instead of asparagus

    • j_h on May 06, 2017

      Add goat's cheese for extra flavour

  • Raw beetroot, dill and mustard seed salad

    • Jane on July 12, 2012

      Very quick and fresh summer salad. Nigella recommends making it in the processor but I was just using two beets so I grated by hand (with rubber gloves on to avoid hands like Lady Macbeth as Nigella describes them). Fresh flavors from dill and lemon plus a crunchy kick from mustard seeds. For anyone who has never tried raw beetroot, definitely give it a go.

    • wester on May 12, 2017

      This was weird. I really can't make up my mind whether I like it a lot or not at all.

  • Chocolate raspberry pavlova

    • Jane on June 07, 2016

      Lovely summer dessert and very quick and easy, while still having a wow factor when serving to guests. Don't worry if it looks very cracked when it comes out the oven, it's getting covered with cream and raspberries anyway. The meringue has a lovely chocolate flavor from the cocoa and finely chopped chocolate (I used Valrhona for both) but it isn't too rich and the cream and raspberries are a lovely contrast.

    • Hellyloves2cook on April 15, 2012

      If you love chocolate then this is the pavlova for you. My children prefer this to the conventional pav!

    • Foodycat on July 09, 2014

      I have a terrible track-record with pavlovas, but this one works really well. I am not a huge fan of chocolate with fruit, but this is good. Better with cherries on top though!

  • Puy lentil, goat's cheese and mint salad

    • wester on April 18, 2018

      This salad lent itself very well to deconstructing. The combination of flavors worked very well, I only thought there was too much lemon zest.

  • Watermelon, feta and black olive salad

    • fprincess on November 07, 2010

      Delicious salad. I usually omit the black olives.

    • Purrceyz on December 03, 2011

      Wonderful salad, that's different. I always get requests for the recipe when I make this salad.

    • Carol.Furness on July 19, 2014

      Nice salad. Make and eat fairly quickly as the juice comes out of the watermelon so it becomes wet.

    • Foodycat on July 09, 2014

      Such a brilliant combination!

    • KIGirl on October 06, 2014

      Amazing salad - and always a winner

  • Spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino

    • foodbling on May 08, 2011

      I find this recipe much better using at least 1.5 garlic cloves per person and more olive oil than the recipe states.

  • Egg-custard ice cream

    • foodbling on May 08, 2011

      A great base to use for any flavoured ice cream

  • The ultimate Greek salad

    • adrienneyoung on August 17, 2013

      This is one of my favorite salads!

    • adrienneyoung on June 19, 2016

      Actually, Nigella may be right. The fennel really is good. ??

    • lou_weez on January 01, 2018

      This is our favorite Greek salad!!

  • Keralan fish curry with lemon rice

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      This was simple to prepare and the sauce had a good, delicate flavour and was not overpoweringly fishy. It was a very pretty dish with the strong yellow colour provided by the turmeric (today I look like a pack a day smoker after rubbing the turmeric onto the fish!) and the flacks of red chilli throughout. My OH and I both liked it, though it was a bit too hot for me. I would give it a higher score, only I had a terrible stomach-ache after eating it! Not sure if it was something I did wrong, but suspect not as my OH was fine.

  • Seared mustard-coated salmon

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      Another ridiculously quick and easy supper from Nigella which can be made in mere minutes. All it consists of is dredging salmon fillets in a mixture of English mustard powder and caster sugar and then frying them. I was a bit concerned that the heat of the mustard powder would be a bit overpowering, but the sugar did it's job and sweetened it well and it ended up having more of an Asian flavour (in my opinion) than the Scandinavian-esque taste Nigella seemed to be going for. She mentions in the book that it would go well with potatoes and beetroot salad, but it worked well for me with rice and some greens wouldn't go amiss.

  • Za'atar chicken with fattoush

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      I made the chicken and the salad on the same page together and it was really lovely. The coolness of the salad, which consists of cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, mint, and pitta bread with dressing and seasoning complemented the earthiness of the za'atar blend on the chicken, which was extremely easy, really well. This would be a nice dish to serve to guests al fresco in the summer accompanied by a light rosé wine.

    • Foodycat on July 09, 2014

      This is my go-to fattoush recipe. Works really well.

  • Golden Jubilee chicken

    • browniegirl on September 29, 2017

      One of my favorite salads. So refreshing. I make it often during the Summer months.

  • Saffron-scented chicken pilaf

    • Hellyloves2cook on April 15, 2012

      I have made this both with and without marinating the chicken in the yoghurt. Tastes nice whatever you do. I have to say I didn't really notice much difference.

  • Courgette fritters

    • Hellyloves2cook on April 15, 2012

      I make these lovely fritters regularly- great to take on a picnic- always popular!

    • Carol.Furness on July 19, 2014

      Great flavours, these don't always make it to the table!

    • raybun on July 10, 2016

      I make these every summer! Delicious mix of mint, feta & courgettes. This year I spiralized the courgettes instead of grating them, and found the fritters held their shape better.

  • Baby octopus and potato salad

    • KarinaFrancis on August 19, 2013

      Really easy and makes an impact. It took closer to an hour than the 45mins in the notes, but worth it.

  • Soba noodles with sesame seeds

    • KarinaFrancis on April 20, 2017

      Chalk up another win for Ms Lawson! This was the first time I've cooked soba noodles and I'm hooked. Quick, delicious and I had everything I needed on hand. I added some roasted salmon fillet which made it a complete dinner. I see this recipe going into regular rotation.

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      Don't use the qty of sesame seed given - it is about 10 time too much ! I would recommend about 5 - 10 g

    • lou_weez on September 10, 2017

      Made this today and it tastes lovely. I agree with KIGirl, there is a lot of sesame seed in this recipe, I wish I had read the comment beforehand as I would have halved the quantity. I added edamame beans and shredded carrot to bulk it up. Will definitely make this again for school/work lunches.

  • Feta, walnut and herb salad

    • KarinaFrancis on January 12, 2013

      This is an easy recipe and big on flavour. Its been renamed "awesome dip" by my friends.

  • Dime bar ice cream

    • KarinaFrancis on August 19, 2013

      Very sweet and decadent. Dime bars are a bit hard to get in Australia, but its worth tracking them down. If you cant be bothered making the ice cream, the pulvarized Dime bars would be great mushed through store bought vanillla ice cream.

  • Margarita ice cream

    • KarinaFrancis on April 10, 2016

      I've had this recipe bookmarked for so long and finally got around to making it. It had a really soft texture straight from the fridge, I guess due to the alcohol. While its not as ethereally wonderful as Nigella describes, it is still pretty good.

  • Grilled aubergines with feta, mint and chilli

    • Carol.Furness on July 19, 2014

      Delicious. Great for party finger food.

  • The Rainbow Room's carrot and peanut salad

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      Most of the time I agree with Nigella's commentary ... But on this occasion I am afraid it didn't work for me 5/10

  • Raspberry ripple ice cream

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      This is sooo good I ate it for breakfast !

  • Baci ice cream

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      OMG ! But is it ice cream :-)

  • White chocolate ice cream with hot blackberry sauce

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      Did not try the sauce

  • Pina Colada

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      I found the quantity of rum overpowering and too potent

  • Tom Collins

    • KIGirl on September 02, 2014

      For my first taste of gin - this is a thoroughly refreshing drink

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  • Hasselback potatoes

    • Tea and Scones

      Although just a little variation on a good ol’ baked potato they look so elegant and are fun to make.

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  • ISBN 10 0701173815
  • ISBN 13 9780701173814
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  • Published Sep 05 2002
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Chatto & Windus
  • Imprint Chatto & Windus

Publishers Text

It's sultry summer all year round - and from all around the world - with Nigella. Forever Summer is all about how to prolong that lazy, warm summer feeling through the darker days of winter. Fresh, innovative, versatile and delicious, here's an irresistible and wide ranging book full of summery recipes that can be eaten at any time - from succulent Spanish and Italian dishes to the fragrant mezze of the Eastern Mediterranean; from roasted vegetables and barbecued sea bass, Moroccan roast lamb and Mauritian prawn curry, to food that conjures up the traditional strawberries-and-cream feel of an English summer afternoon or Indian-summer evenings at home. And to top it all there's a fabulous selection of unusual ice creams and melt-in-the-mouth puddings - who could resist the Gooseberry and Elderflower or Cheesecake Ice Cream, or those Slut-Red Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly? - as well as reviving drinks.


The keynote is simplicity, freshness, enjoyment - easy cooking, easy eating. This gorgeous book, written with all Nigella's characteristic flair and passion, ties in with her new Channel 4 series, 'Forever Summer with Nigella', and includes over 100 additional recipes added exclusively for the book.



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