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Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners - Easy, Delectable Recipes for Any Occasion (UK) by Nigella Lawson

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  • Creamy potato gratin

    • Miriam on February 01, 2010

      Great method for gratin, potatoes part cooked in saucepan first - ensures they're all nice and soft. Reheats well.

  • The Union Square Café's bar nuts

    • Jane on December 25, 2012

      I made a double batch of these for a party and they were universally popular. Very easy to do, just roasted nuts mixed with melted butter and herbs/spices but the warm spiciness is great. They are a bit greasy so you will need napkins.

    • lilham on January 10, 2016

      This was delicious. I substituted dried rosemary for fresh, table salt for sea salt and normal butter for salted (but reduced the salt to a pinch). I used only a pinch of cayenne instead of 2 tsp, as I was serving them to children as well as adults. The recipe said to serve this warm, but it was good at room temperature too.

  • Halloumi with chilli

    • Carol.Furness on July 19, 2014

      This always goes down well at parties. Squeaky cheese at it's best.

  • Aromatic lamb-shank stew

    • FJT on January 13, 2013

      Lovely flavours. Takes a lot longer to cook than the recipe states, but I don't think anyone seriously expects to cook something like this in under 2 hours ... mine simmered for nearer 4 and the meat fell off the bone.

  • Chicken with chorizo and cannellini

    • Hellyloves2cook on May 10, 2012

      Made this recently and substituted Silver Beet for the kale. I quadrupled the recipe as it was to serve four people( recipe was for 1 person) and I chopped the chicken breasts up and placed on the top of Cannelini bean mixture before serving. A big thumbs up from everybody! Use good quality chorizo to obtain the depth of flavour needed!

  • Bitter orange ice cream

    • KarinaFrancis on August 19, 2013

      Super easy and delicious. Thinking of trying it with blood orange and limes...

    • Hellyloves2cook on May 06, 2012

      Have made this by indeed substituting Seville oranges for 1 regular orange and 2 limes. Easy and quick to make. Once in freezer that's it- just leave till firm 3-5 hrs.No stirring/ churning required!

    • KIGirl on September 04, 2014

      I too substituted with the single orange and two limes - very easy to make

    • twoyolks on May 16, 2016

      These have a great orange flavor but the ice cream has a weird mouth feel (I'm assuming from the uncooked corn starch in the icing sugar). The orange zest also gave the ice cream a weird texture. I used actual bitter oranges but churned the ice cream in a real ice cream maker.

  • Chocolate pots

    • Alowishs on April 02, 2016

      (page 186) Made for Super Bowl party and they were Super good. Very easy to make yet comes across as amazingly gourmet. Would make these again, but may try a different recipe to mix it up.

  • Easy sticky-toffee dessert

    • KIGirl on September 04, 2014

      Way,way,way too sweet

  • Ham in Coca-Cola

    • redjanet on January 08, 2012

      Incredibly easy, this was a great main dish to make on Christmas Eve. It felt rather strange pouring a whole bottle of coca cola into the pot to boil the ham in, but the result was delicious, especially after the ten minutes finished off in the oven with the treacle, English mustard powder and demerara sugar glaze. Very tasty indeed.

    • Carol.Furness on July 19, 2014

      Tasty and easy to make.

  • Hot and sour soup

    • Hellyloves2cook on May 06, 2012

      A hot and spicy broth to clear your sinuses for sure! Once ingredients are ready to go this wonderful soup is done in less than 10 mins! Love it!

  • Pigs in blankets

    • Alowishs on April 02, 2016

      (on page 78) Incredibly bland. I like to follow the exact directions when I make a recipe for the first time, but could see from the get-go this would need some spicing up. I'd expect Nigella to add her own flair to this, but it's quite boring.

  • Salmon with greens and shiitake mushrooms

    • Hellyloves2cook on May 06, 2012

      Made this many ,many times. I have used brown chestnut mushrooms, portabello mushrooms whatever I can get hold of if not shiitake. Lovely flavours and textures, a light but substantial meal.

  • Slow-roasted aromatic shoulder of pork

    • debbyc on November 08, 2012

      This recipe takes 24 hours to cook! As she is basing this recipe on the Slow-roasted shoulder of pork (Spalla di maiale arrostita lentamente) from River Cafe Cookbook Two by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers which they cook over night in their wood oven.

  • Stir-braised savoy cabbage with nigella seeds

    • redjanet on September 04, 2011

      Quick and easy to make, with a hint of Asian flavours due to the soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. This recipe was easily halved to serve just two people.

  • Sweetcorn pudding

    • Carol.Furness on July 19, 2014

      Another tasty and easy recipe. Goes well with the ham in coca cola. Would be good with chicken or gammon.

    • KarinaFrancis on August 17, 2015

      This was really popular and very simple to make. I used a 500g bag of frozen corn instead of the canned corn

  • Salmon with ginger, soy and rice vinegar

    • Hellyloves2cook on May 06, 2012

      Made this many years ago and accidently used smoked salmon. It was not until the next day I realized my error- it was still very tasty.

    • KarinaFrancis on January 11, 2015

      I cut the salmon up into small cubes and served them on Asian spoons as finger food. Super simple and very tasty, was popular with my guests. Next time I will add a bit more ginger.

  • Salt and pepper squid

    • Hellyloves2cook on May 06, 2012

      Followed this recipe to the letter. At the time thought 2tbs maldon salt wa rather excessive-but went ahead with it anyway resulting in beautifully cooked squid that was basically inedible - although did eat about 4 pieces and then suffered from excessive thirst! Next time will probably try 2 teaspoons of the salt. Note to self - go with gut feeling!

  • Chocolate ganache

    • wester on May 29, 2016

      Extremely simple, very nice. I used whipping cream (no double cream here in the Netherlands) and it worked fine.

  • Vietnamese chicken and mint salad

    • sharifah on August 06, 2014

      Emmhh, this was okay......but I thought it lacked something. I compared the ingredients with another version that I tried from a Vietnamese cookbook, and the amount of garlic, lime and fish sauce ratio compared to the amount of cabbage, carrots, chicken etc was seriously 'not sufficient'. No wonder it tasted like it lacked something....I won't be making this again.

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  • ISBN 10 0701172878
  • ISBN 13 9780701172879
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  • Published May 10 2001
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 244
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher CCV
  • Imprint Chatto & Windus

Publishers Text

Nigella is now not only the best and most glamorous young home cook in Britain, and a great cookery writer, she's also become a household name. Her first short series on Channel 4 had over 2 million viewers and propelled her from success into stardom. How to Eat sold spectacularly on the back of the first unheralded 5-part series. Nigella Bites is a must-have for every viewer and all her fans. Some recipes are based on her popular Vogue columns, others are new and different, and all are characteristic of Nigella and the ethos of the TV series - uncomplicated, original, fresh, and perfect for the way we live today. They're easy to produce after a busy day at the office, fun to linger over at weekends or to make with the kids, delectable to read about, dreamy to look at and delicious to eat. They include Late Breakfasts, Party Food, TV Dinners, Trailer Trash , Big Lunches, Indoor Picnics, and other delights. Nigella wants her readers and her viewers to enjoy eating and cooking. With her, how could anyone resist!

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