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Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson

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  • Feta and avocado salad with red onions, pomegranate and nigella seeds

    • cheese1227 on January 25, 2018

      Just a little bit of sugar and pom molasses added to the onion pickle.

    • JJ2018 on April 09, 2018

      Added leaves and served with grilled flatbreads for lunch. Very tasty.

    • Thermomixit on July 22, 2018

      Really delicious - light and fresh!

  • Salmon, avocado, watercress and pumpkin seed salad

    • Fiona on October 21, 2015

      Delicious, quick and healthy - what more could you want. Lots of watercress around at the moment so a great way to use it.

  • Miso salmon

    • Delys77 on February 21, 2016

      Pg. 25. Tried this with some lovely skin on sockeye filets. I ended up going for about 8 minutes but I think 7, or maybe even 6 minutes, would be great. The flavour of the marinade really penetrates the fish, despite the short marinating. For us this was a real weeknight winner, quick, healthful, and flavourful.

  • Steamed sea bass with ginger and soy

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on June 06, 2017

      Tasteful, but not very special. I used fillets, and they didn't look very attractive when presented.

  • Chinese-inspired chicken noodle soup

    • Delys77 on February 04, 2016

      Fairly good flavour combo of Asian and European flavours. Wouldn't likely repeat but definitely not bad.

  • Sweet potato macaroni cheese

    • ncollyer on February 21, 2016

      Very tasty. The feta, mustard and sweet potatoes were welcome additions to the usual Mac and Cheese. Liked the presentation in individual dishes, which also baked more quickly.

    • redjanet on March 01, 2016

      I'll admit straight away that although I like it, I am not generally the biggest fan of macaroni and cheese as I generally find it to be too heavy. That said, I was intrigued enough to give this recipe a try for the interesting combination of sweet potatoes and feta cheese in the mix. Although this, like other mac and cheeses, was rather heavy and a big laggy, the contrast of the sharp feta to the sweet potatoes was very good and there was an overall more creaminess to the texture which I liked. I think it could have used a bit more English mustard or paprika (or a bit more of both) as it still felt a little lacking in taste, but still was quite enjoyable. It also made for a hefty amount of leftovers for lunch the next couple of days and was quite good eaten cold. I prepared this in one big baking dish and the timings were fine.

    • Frogcake on August 20, 2018

      This was so good! As others have noted, a great combination of flavours here with the sweet potato, feta and sage. I added three hot Italian sausages, cut into chunks, prebroiled with the sausage juices, and also topped the casserole with rye breadcrumbs.

    • raybun on February 06, 2017

      We loved this, a really comforting meal perfect for this cold evening. I didn't have sage, so replaced it with thyme.

  • Warm spiced cauliflower and chickpea salad with pomegranate seeds

    • BusyGirl on November 06, 2015

      I made this without the parsley or pomegranate (didn't have any), but it was still lovely and I will definitely make it with the missing bits next time round. If you think cauliflower is a dull vegetable then you must try roasting it in this way, it's just so much tastier!

  • Pea and broccoli soup

    • wester on February 19, 2017

      Nice soup, as green as the photo. The flavor is different but I'm not sure I liked it. The rest of the family did though.

  • Miso mayonnaise

    • wester on August 22, 2017

      Very moreish. I might add some sesame oil next time.

  • Sake-sticky drumsticks

    • Delys77 on February 08, 2016

      There were pretty good. The instructions to glaze and then baste has you going into the oven a few times, but the result is that the chicken actually does glaze fairly well. The actual flavour is a touch sweet but not overly, but it is definitely lacking in heat. I would double the amount of chilli flakes. I also think the lime at the end is a must.

  • Lamb ribs with nigella and cumin seeds

    • Foodycat on October 23, 2015

      Takes moments to prepare, then 2 hours to cook. We had them as a meal with stirfried veg, but they would be a fantastic appetiser or game-day snack. Most of the fat renders out, they aren't too spicy, but very well flavoured. Definitely do again.

    • wester on December 25, 2018

      These were quite good. I think I want to tweak the flavorings a bit, possibly including some lemon juice. Better cold than hot.

  • Chicken traybake with bitter orange and fennel

    • wester on April 15, 2017

      This sounded excellent, and it smelled fantastic, but I feel there is something missing from the final result. The taste is a bit thin, and I don't know what would repair it. Cream? Cheese? Nuts? Or different spices? Maybe it would be better if I tried real bitter oranges instead of her lemon/eating orange combo. It was very easy to make, and it taste good enough to repeat, but I will keep on tinkering until I find out what's missing.

  • Oven-cooked chicken shawarma

    • TrishaCP on November 15, 2017

      Made this last night as well, and we thought it was great. Cooked chicken thighs for 30 minutes, and they were juicy and delicious. Served with the yogurt/tahini sauce (good), naan bread, and some salad items.

    • Astrid5555 on December 20, 2015

      Great marinade, chicken meat turned out a little dry. Would probably barbecue the chicken next time to keep it moist.

    • Foodycat on December 10, 2015

      I made the marinade and used it on lamb neck fillets, then followed the same cooking method. Very good. Will definitely try on chicken as well.

    • adelina on September 05, 2017

      The family loved the flavors. Very authentic to shawarma spices. I used chicken breast as well and added about a teaspoon of turmeric and allspice. I would like to use the same spices on beef next time.

    • stef on September 07, 2017

      This was enjoyed by all. I prepared everything ahead and assembling was quick. Served with marinated red onions, cucumber and red pepper. Made the yogurt sauce too.

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on November 15, 2017

      Very nice recipe, easy and fast. Used sliced chicken breast, cooked in 16 minutes this way. Yoghurt sauce was very good too.

    • embk27 on September 01, 2017

      Brilliant recipe - I used chicken breasts and cooked for 25 minutes. Chicken was juicy and well-flavoured due to great marinade. Went really well with chilli pitta breads, quick pickles and houmous.

  • Barbecuey pork butt

    • mondraussie on May 01, 2018

      Can cook in slow cooker. Put layer of onions on base, add about a cup of water and then place marinated meat on top. If you want crispy bits, just pan fry a little before serving.

  • Lamb shank and black garlic stew

    • e_ballad on June 13, 2018

      A variation on Sabrina Ghayour’s recipe, we actually preferred this recipe to the original, though this may largely be due to the significantly longer cooking time, which resulted in meltingly tender meat. Can highly recommend.

  • Spiced lamb stew with a goat's cheese and thyme cobbler topping

    • jncunliffe on April 18, 2016

      When making this as half quantity it was too dry without adding extra liquid. Also the accompanying scones, half quantity, only yielded four and not ten.

  • Slow-cooked black treacle ham

    • angrygreycat on December 25, 2018

      Made this for Christmas Eve dinner this year in place of the usual Ham I make. Really tasty and super easy. I modified as to the time as I am in the US and most hams are pre-cooked. The glaze is wonderfully intense. I did make an everyday gravy for the potatoes because the drippings are so deeply flavoured of the treacle that they need to be used sparingly. Would definitely make again.

  • Leek pasta bake

    • Hannaha100 on September 23, 2017

      This tasted great. Felt a bit overcomplicated though. Not quick and not healthy - comfort food. Portion sizes pretty spot on. Would be great for informal dinner party with salad and/or green veg.

  • Slow-cooker Cuban black beans

    • VineTomato on October 10, 2018

      I had some spare peppers I wanted to use up and so decided to cook this meal for the freezer. It is the first time I have used my slow cooker (I have the Sage fast slow pro which is pressure cooker and slow cooker in one) and the beans smelt divine while cooking away all day. Super easy start - you just chuck it all in and turn on the heat. It took about 8 hours until my beans were tender. Had a small taste which was good, but they are all packed away for a quick week night meal in the freezer, so I’ll need to come back and comment further! After all, I forgot to put the peppers in!

  • Slow-cooker Korean beef and rice pot

    • Delys77 on April 06, 2016

      I am being careful of sugar intake so I went with Sichuan chilli bean paste instead of gochujang because it as far less sugar. I do think it worked out really well except that it is quite unattractive. I wouldn't serve to company but I might repeat. So so easy and pretty good flavour.

    • UKangelaW on September 22, 2018

      This really wasn't nice, texturally and taste-wise. A rare dud from Nigella which is a shame as I'd had my eye on it for ages.

    • Nomola on November 14, 2015

      Add some lime juice to serve - gives a little tang

  • Roast radishes

    • wester on July 12, 2018

      It seems radishes are one of the very few vegetables that do not improve on roasting. The texture was fine, but they had a turnip-y flavor that I did not enjoy at all. Probably not Nigella's fault.

  • Braised peas with mustard and vermouth

    • wester on April 15, 2017

      A good store-cupboard side dish, sweet and flavorful.

  • Slaw with miso ginger dressing

    • Delys77 on February 21, 2016

      Pg. 239. We liked this. Not amazing but definitely pretty good. I would probably go with the processor to get it a bit thinner than I could normally manage with my knife, the finer texture will likely make it easier for the sauce to really get in there. She also suggests you serve immediately but I think it improved with a bit of time in the fridge, as with most slaws. Simple and tasty enough to repeat.

  • Quick-pickled carrots

    • CeliaC on June 16, 2016

      Very good, with a mild, delicate flavour. Would make again

  • Quick-pickled beetroot with nigella seeds

    • CeliaC on June 16, 2016

      Very quick and easy. Good flavour and the beetroot stays crisp. I made it with only half the salt and it kept perfectly well and wasn't soft. After I had eaten the beetroot I made a second batch re using the same vinegar solution (bringing it to the boil again before pouring it over the new batch of beetroot.

  • Apricot almond cake with rosewater and cardamom

    • KarinaFrancis on September 16, 2017

      A very nice cake and relatively easy to make. Unfortunately my cardamom seeds stayed whole even through the blitzing process so it didn't infuse the whole cake with the flavour. Photo uploaded

  • Dark and sumptuous chocolate cake

    • JJ2018 on November 18, 2018

      Very nice cake but definitely tastes better after a day or two so worth making ahead

  • Thyme and lemon bundt cake

    • mondraussie on August 23, 2017

      Add lavender - takes it to a whole other level!

    • Astrid5555 on December 30, 2018

      Had a Meyer lemon, a little buttermilk and lots of thyme left in the fridge and this recipe turned up in my EYB search. Made a 16cm mini bundt cake without the glaze. Despite the amount of thyme that goes into the batter the final cake has a nice and subtle thyme and lemon flavor and without the glaze it isn’t overly sweet, which I actually appreciate a lot.

  • Lemon Pavlova

    • kari500 on November 26, 2017

      We loved this. It’s huge, so either halve or only serve to a big group.

    • KarinaFrancis on December 29, 2016

      The base was an epic fail, I followed the recipe to the letter and it charred and was inedible. To save our Christmas dessert I did a mercy dash to the supermarket for a pre-made base and proceeded with the recipe. In the end it was a nice pav but I'm unlikely to try it again.

    • KarinaFrancis on December 29, 2016

      The base was an epic fail, I followed the recipe to the letter and it charred and was inedible. To save our Christmas dessert I did a mercy dash to the supermarket for a pre-made base and proceeded with the recipe. In the end it was a nice pav but I'm unlikely to try it again.

  • Nutella brownies

    • redjanet on March 19, 2016

      I never thought I would say this about a Nigella baking recipe, but I was so disappointed with these brownies. The idea of a Nutella brownie sounded amazing, and what was even more amazing that the only ingredients were Nutella and eggs (and a bit of sea salt). I followed the instructions and weight measurements exactly, but these ended up tasting mostly just of chewy eggs. I don't know what I did wrong.

    • Astrid5555 on December 01, 2015

      This must possibly be the simplest dessert ever! Beat eggs until doubled in volume, add Nutella which has been microwaved for minute to make it runny, bake for 17 minutes. The end result are those incredibly delicious gooey brownies which are gone within minutes!

  • Seed-studded Anzac biscuits

    • Botanybird on November 17, 2017

      You can add coconut oil instead of butter for the vegan version.

  • No-churn white miso ice cream

    • Astrid5555 on December 24, 2017

      Not sure how to describe this ice cream flavor, probably interesting is the best word. The first taste is quite strong and salty, but then it mellows out and tastes like caramel. In the end addictive! On top, ready to freeze in 5 minutes.

  • Matcha latte

    • wester on April 15, 2017

      A nice variation for morning drinks.

  • Rhubarb and ginger compote

    • Botanybird on March 08, 2018

      This ingredients don't really need to be baked for so long in the oven. Ten minutes on top of the stove on a low heat is fine.

  • Breakfast banana bread with cardamom and cocoa nibs

    • Frogcake on July 31, 2016

      We loved this banana bread, which is a bit difference from others I've tried due to the addition of cardamom and cocoa nibs. Will definitely make this again. I increased the sugar to one and a half cups. It's also very easy -mixed everything in my processor. It comes together in minutes.

    • lou_weez on October 09, 2016

      Everyone loves this banana bread, so I always double the recipe and make two gigantic loaves. The cardamom is delicious, but I have never made it with cocoa nibs as I'm not a fan.

  • Buckwheat, banana and carrot muffins

    • wester on September 10, 2017

      Easy to make, liked by the children.

  • Soda bread buns with fennel seeds and cranberries

    • Livia on June 17, 2018

      Used light rye flour as I did not have wholemeal and added roasted hazelnuts. Could do with a couple of minutes less as they got slightly burnt otherwise they were delicious.

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Reviews about this book

  • San Francisco Chronicle

    Best Cookbooks of 2015: It’s one of those books that readers will dog-ear and stain, returning to the recipes that make one wonder why they didn’t think of that...

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  • ISBN 10 0701189355
  • ISBN 13 9780701189358
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  • Published Oct 08 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 416
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Vintage
  • Imprint Chatto & Windus

Publishers Text

"Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating..." Whatever the occasion, food - in the making and the eating - should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying. From quick and calm work-day suppers (Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry) to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd (Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel), or the instant joy of bowlfood for cosy nights on the sofa (Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns), here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good. Whether you need to create some breathing space at the end of a long week (Beef Chilli with Black Beans), indulge in a sweet treat (Lemon Pavlova, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots) or wake up to a strength-giving breakfast (Toasty Olive-Oil Granola), Nigella's new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become firm favourites. Simply Nigella is the perfect antidote to our busy lives: a calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift.

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