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Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast by Nigella Lawson

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Notes about this book

  • Jane on September 08, 2017

    Easily fixed Foodycat - I have added poussin to the recipe name and also added poussins as a variant of the ingredient Cornish game hens. So a search by one will bring up all recipes with the other.

  • Foodycat on September 08, 2017

    It's a pity this has been indexed using the American terminology - so when you search poussin the recipe for poussin & sweet potatoes doesn't come up because it's been indexed as Cornish game hen.

  • nielsena on August 20, 2010

    Amazing. Love almost every recipe.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Mustard pork chops

    • Mrs. L on August 04, 2017

      Quick and simple. Good sauce (wish there was more).

    • Cati on March 02, 2015

      Quick and tasty.picked this particular recipe from EYB search for pork and mustard as it used cider which I just happened to have on hand. Next time I will probably just use white wine. The apple flavour seemmed to overpower the mustard flavour.

    • Delys77 on November 07, 2016

      For me this sauce was far too clear. I did thicken a touch but I really think there is just too much liquid here for a pan sauce.

  • Red shrimp and mango curry

    • Lepa on December 02, 2017

      This is very good!

  • Quick calamari with garlic mayonnaise

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      9.13 Flavours delish.

  • Naan pizza

    • dwaters on June 09, 2011

      Really easy to make and surprisingly tasty also, I used mozzarella cheese instead .

    • Frogcake on July 30, 2016

      This recipe has been extremely popular with my kids. So easy and so delicious!

  • Butterscotch fruit fondue

    • laura75 on July 08, 2013

      Yummy! I just can never wait long enough to let it cool and thicken. :) Lovely with strawberries.

  • Shrimp with Maryam Zaira sauce

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      2.14 Ok - made with homemade harissa - v strong. Be sure to start with a small amount and add as Nigella suggests :)

  • Brandied-bacony chicken

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      6.14 Yummy but not amaze - I couldn't actually taste the brandy -but did make scrummy gravy.

  • Potato and mushroom gratin

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      6.14 H loved - substituted 1 clove garlic for oil - could use more garlic next time.

  • Steak slice with lemon and thyme

    • Delys77 on February 21, 2016

      Pg. 40. I substituted flank for the rump steak and otherwise followed the directions. I personally found this a little flat. I ended up slicing and then tossing again in the post hoc marinade. I think the recipe should have more lemon, more salt, and more thyme. That said, I am unlikely to repeat either way.

  • Seared salmon with Singapore noodles

    • herbietea on February 04, 2013

      Used med egg noodles instead of rice noodles, could have taken a little more garam masala. Once prepped, a quick dish to cook

  • Caribbean creams

    • KIGirl on November 07, 2014

      So simple, so delicious !

  • Flourless chocolate brownies

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      2.13 Think I overcooked - mine wasn't gooey in the middle. Try again.

    • debbyc on November 23, 2012

      This is a brilliant gluten free brownies, very easy to make and everyone who eats it loves it and doesn't realise it has no flour in it. My sister is a coeliac and says it is a life saver.

    • Delys77 on November 07, 2016

      I only made the brownie and not the chocolate sauce but it was very good. I used a sugar substitute (swerve) which cooks like sugar and otherwise followed the recipe. Mine was a touch too gooey straight out of the oven so I might cook for a 5 or so minutes more next time.

  • Blackberry crisp

    • ajs on June 17, 2010

      Absolutely delicious and very quick and easy as well. It was the hit of my dinner party.

  • Chocolate mint cookies

    • laura75 on July 08, 2013

      I don't usually like chocolate cookies, but these are absolutely amazing! The best I have ever tasted. I love that subtle minty glaze.

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      2.14 Scrummy. Great after dinner treat. Make small because they are quite rich - nice as bite size.

  • Smoked trout pâté

    • Lepa on December 30, 2015

      I loved this pate. It was delicious and came together easily. I added 1/2 the horseradish because I was concerned it would have too much kick for the kids and we all loved it.

  • Chef's salad

    • micheleK on November 20, 2010

      Added cubed poached chicken breast. Used ranch dressing. Okay.

  • Cherry cheesecake

    • KIGirl on February 15, 2016

      Best non- baked cheesecake I have made to date, and so easy. Made for Xmas desert and topped with in-season cherries (Australia) Was a real hit !

  • Breakfast bars

    • Foodycat on February 02, 2015

      I've made these often - very successfully. I tend to use it as a rough guide (1 can condensed milk, 250g oats and 425g of bits) rather than following religiously. Apricots, almonds and sour cherries is a good combination, because it adds a bit of tang to cut through the sweetness of the condensed milk.

    • Elnara on February 13, 2014

      Made these, but forgot to put in the oats (I know, silly me). Still they were a hit! Not the healthiest of breakfast bar (due to the condensed milk), but "it went in like cookies" (as we say in The Netherlands). Will make it again, with the oats this time to give it a bit more body.

    • rodillagra on February 02, 2015

      http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/breakfast-bars-55

    • rodillagra on February 02, 2015

      Shredded coconut subsitution http://www.nigella.com/kitchen-queries/view/Shredded-Coconut/3452

  • Pear and ginger muffins

    • wester on February 27, 2017

      My children and husband loved these. Easy to make.

    • vikingcook on April 26, 2016

      These are delicious muffins! They bake up beautifully and are not too sweet. A great way to feature our NW pears.

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      5.13 Alright

  • Maple chicken 'n' ribs

    • Delys77 on February 04, 2016

      Far too much apple cider. The actual glaze is just too thin.

  • Coq au Riesling

    • rebecca1july on June 12, 2011

      I though this recipe was ok would not redo. But my sister in law loves this recipe I just found a little bland

    • Foodycat on September 08, 2017

      I have made this so many times and love it - I always add a clove of garlic rather than the garlic oil, and never add cream.

  • Sweet and sour cucumber salad

    • rodillagra on January 07, 2015

      Not the most complicated recipe ever but useful to make if serving smoked salmon.

  • Warm potato salad

    • Breadcrumbs on August 14, 2011

      p. 122 - Despite having 2 or 3 of Nigella's books on my shelf, I don't honestly think I've ever cooked from them. Until today that is! I was looking for a no-mayo potato salad that included a grainy mustard and, it had to be something that I could pull together quickly. This recipe fit the bill on all counts and, I'm delighted to report we loved this potato salad. It reminded me a little of a German potato salad but the grainy mustard set it apart giving it a deeper flavour and, I always enjoy the subtle crunch the mustard seeds add to a dish. I wanted to up the protein count so leftovers could be taken in lunches so I tossed in some chopped, hard boiled eggs at the last moment. Quick & delicious, perfect w our toasted ham and cheese sandwiches. I'll definitely make this again. Great warm and, at room temperature.

  • Moonblush tomatoes

    • wester on November 04, 2016

      I don't know what sunblush tomatoes are supposed to taste like, but these tomatoes have exactly the right balance of sweetness and fresh flavor. Lovely. And extremely easy as well. And as pretty as the photo. I did not use the sugar.

  • Lazy loaf

    • Cati on June 06, 2012

      Page 131. I was a little suspicious of this method of making a yeast loaf but it worked perfectly..Even though I left out all the salt and used NAS muesli it was very tasty.You just stir all the ingredients together put in a cold oven,, turn onto 110 C for 45 miinutes and then 180C for 1 hour. Magic!

  • High-speed hamburger with fast fries

    • redjanet on August 27, 2012

      I tried this recipe about a year ago and didn't like the result at the time as I thought it yielded a too wet, soft burger. However, as the recipe is fairly low in fat (which is a shocker for Nigella!) and I wanted a quick burger recipe, I decided to try it again. This time I let the uncooked patties firm up a bit in the fridge for about a half an hour before griddling while I cooked my own potato wedges. The result was still a bit too soft for my liking, but the flavour from the caramelised onions as well as soy and Worcestershire sauces made these taste very nice and served on whole wheat rolls with cheese slices they made a quick, easy version of a burger that I wouldn't mind making now and then for that quick burger fix.

  • Mirin-glazed salmon

    • herbietea on January 25, 2013

      Tasty, quick and healthy. Served with steamed rice, cucumber and spring onion

    • KarinaFrancis on October 30, 2016

      Loved this! Took Totoro's advice and skipped the marinade. I fried it skin side first then added the marinade after flipping the fish.

    • totoro on April 09, 2015

      Very nice - and a good dish to convert fish skeptics. However, the cooking instructions didn''t work for me at all - think stuck fish and burnt sugar! I now don't bother marinating, and use a little oil to fry (floured and salted) salmon. Then, brush on a little sauce as a glaze, let it rest, and reduce the 'marinade' separately. Takes a few minutes longer but worth it for crispy skin!

    • Astrid5555 on November 03, 2012

      Excellent and really quick. Served it with green tea soba noodles on the side.

  • Scallops and chorizo

    • Wilkie on April 18, 2012

      Came together in less than five minutes; with good-quality scallops and chorizo, this was amazingly delicious.

  • Chocolate peanut butter fudge sundae

    • KarinaFrancis on June 13, 2016

      I only made the sauce. This stuff is dangerously good. So easy to make and way too easy to eat. A keeper, and a great standby for when you want to impress but are short on time. Perfect over plain vanilla ice cream.

  • Cheddar cheese risotto

    • Jane on August 01, 2017

      This is a handy risotto as it is all store-cupboard ingredients (at least in my house). It's also one of my daughter's favorite risottos. We often serve it with grilled chicken.

  • Doughnut French toast

    • laura75 on July 08, 2013

      Too good! But of course, very very sweet.

  • Totally chocolate chocolate chip cookies

    • Jane on August 01, 2017

      These are great cookies for chocoholics (like myself). Nigella says they make 12 cookies - hers must be huge. I used 1 tbl dough per cookie which made 38 cookies - I baked them for 12 minutes.

  • The instant canapé - quick crostini with avocado and green pea hummus

    • monicahorridge on February 14, 2014

      I made this recipe with normal, cooked frozen peas. It was tasty, although we felt as if it was missing something. maybe some cheese or similar?

  • Tarte fine au pommes

    • Astrid5555 on March 18, 2017

      So quick and simple! Perfect for those days when you need a dessert but don't want to spend much time in the kitchen.

  • Quick chili

    • redjanet on January 07, 2015

      I thought this was surprisingly really good and much better than it had a right to be considering how much of a cheat's recipe it is. Instead of stewing for an hour or more, this chilli can be cooked for less than half an hour due to the flavour added to it from chorizo, sweet chili sauce and a blend of spices as well as jarred pasta sauce. I didn't add extra chilli flakes as recommended as I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to spices and I found the mild kick of the sweet chilli sauce to be enough for me. I'll definitely be making this one again when I fancy a hearty midweek meal, especially in winter.

    • scarlettchef on October 22, 2012

      I have tried so many different recipes for Chilli but this is definitely my favourite. If I try another recipe the kids rebel! The chorizo is an inspired addition, adds a lovely flavour. Serve with Jamie's guacamole from "Meals in 30 minutes", whizzed up in moments in food processor.

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      10.13 Scrummy, quick & easy - great flavours.

  • Pea and pesto soup

    • laura75 on July 08, 2013

      Quick, cheap, easy, tasty!

  • Sesame peanut noodles

    • Breadcrumbs on December 08, 2010

      p. 261 - Dec 2010 - First use of this recipe and won't make again. Dressing was ok but not remarkable. I have many superior recipes. The primary issue was that the dressing was far too thick. I intended to serve my noodles hot so thinned the sauce out w some chx stock and it was fine but just not as tasty as others. Also, no heat to this one at all so had to beef that up as well.

  • Banana butterscotch muffins

    • vikingcook on May 11, 2017

      These are delicious muffins. The men in my family really loved these.

  • Buttermilk roasted chicken

    • laura75 on July 08, 2013

      This chicken smells unbelievably good! Excellent dish that we will be cooking again and again.

    • Mrs. L on August 04, 2017

      Marinade went together quickly. Great to just pull out of the fridge when I got home and baked the chicken. Moist and flavorful though I would crush the peppers a bit more in the marinade.

    • Cheri on January 31, 2012

      This was really good. Glad I lined the baking sheet with foil, made clean up a snap. Mild flavor after marinating for about 36 hours. Baked more like 45 minutes as I had both drumsticks and thighs. Nice and moist. If you plan ahead, this is a good weeknight supper,just pop in the oven, put together a couple of quick sides and you are done. Cold leftovers also make a good lunch. This dish has a very mild flavor, and could stand a bit more garlic and cumin in the marinade.

  • New Orleans coleslaw

    • milgwimper on January 07, 2015

      This was good and it is something that I would make again. It makes a lot so taking it a party I still had left overs. My only change next time maybe add a little more vinegar as I think it needed a little more sharpness.

    • RosieB on July 22, 2015

      I made a 1/4 quantity of the recipe and used kefir instead of buttermilk. I didn't have apple cider vinegar so used white balsamic. It was a good coleslaw and more sophisticated than the average. The pecans added a nice crunch. I would make this again.

    • scarlettchef on July 17, 2013

      Love, love, love this coleslaw. Never make any other since discovering this simple recipe. Don't always put in pecans, as expensive and not always to hand. Tastes great without, though they do add a special crunch. It's lower in fat than conventional coleslaw as well.

    • redjanet on July 21, 2012

      I've never made my own coleslaw before and I made this today to take for a picnic and it's very good! Nice, fresh flavours with a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. I've never had nuts in coleslaw before either and it adds a nice extra texture. The measurements given make plenty.

  • Tuna and beans

    • Lepa on August 30, 2017

      This salad is a family favorite. It's the perfect salad to add some protein to an Italian meal, goes well with almost any pasta and is an excellent leftover that my kids enjoy in their lunchbox. I like this version so much better than others made with cannellini beans.

  • Linguine with lemon, garlic, and thyme mushrooms

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on August 17, 2017

      Supereasy and very delicious. Will definitely make this again.

    • Breadcrumbs on June 17, 2012

      p. 291 Another lovely dish from Nigella. Delightful in its simplicity and ability to profile the flavours of each ingredient. The texture the mushrooms bring to the dish is an unexpected pleasure. I used just picked lemon-thyme to enhance the lemon flavours of the dish and a mix of shitake and cremini mushrooms. (which I sautéed vs steeped) Though I wouldn’t have thought of creating a mushroom-thyme pasta dish, I’m glad Nigella did. We’ll most certainly have this again.

    • rionafaith on September 24, 2017

      Very quick and pretty healthy (I used whole wheat linguine) but I found it a touch bland and unexciting. Easily corrected by adding lots more parmesan cheese on top, which made it pretty good!

  • Spaghettini with shrimp and chile

    • Nesseats on December 27, 2014

      scallions = green onions arugula = rocket prawns can be used instead of shrimp

  • Pollo alla cacciatora

    • wester on October 27, 2016

      Good everyday fare. Tasty but not that special.

  • Italian sausages in hot tomato sauce with polenta

    • kari500 on May 22, 2015

      Quick, easy, great weeknight meal. I use Rao's arrabiata sauce, and turkey sausages, and usually add a bit of chili oil.

  • Maple pepper pecans

    • thepeby on December 02, 2013

      So tasty and quick to make. I think you could add a cup more nuts, there's a lot of excess coating when you go by the recipe.

  • Party popcorn

    • thepeby on December 02, 2013

      Yummy, though I didn't get the syrup evenly distributed,so some handfuls were overly salty. Maybe try laying popped corn out on a baking sheet, pour syrup over it, then put in a bag and shake? Also will try reducing salt by half.

  • Cocktail sausages

    • rebecca1july on June 12, 2011

      Very nice when guest visit but a pain to clean pan after. Recommend to Use a silicone sheet

  • Butternut squash with pecans and blue cheese

    • HilaryLittle on April 28, 2013

      A great addition to a buffet table! Great combination of flavours.

  • Chocolate pistachio fudge

    • Melanie on January 01, 2012

      p338. I halved the butter - probably no point adding it at all though! I used the fridge not the freezer to cool the fudge and it turned out nice and creamy.

    • kari500 on May 22, 2015

      Love this fudge. I've had people say it is the best fudge they've ever had. I sub walnuts.

    • dvb on October 09, 2016

      Great recipe! Substitute glace cherries and slivered almonds, or ginger pieces, or use coffee flavored condensed milk and a tablespoon of coffee liqueur etc etc. Variations only limited by your imagination.

  • Red pepper hummus

    • ithyt on September 20, 2015

      11.13 Ok - good as an extra dip - super quick and easy.

  • Golden goat cheese

    • wester on October 03, 2016

      So simple (I used the oven method), and the children asked if I could make this again. For a low-carb/glutenfree version I replaced the panko with chopped walnuts - also excellent. They did need longer in the oven than stated, even though my cheese rounds were smaller than the recipe asked for. ETA Pan-frying may give a better color, but it also makes it more difficult to keep the crust whole. Sticking with the oven method from now on.

  • Lentil and walnut salad

    • wester on October 03, 2016

      I thought this was OK and so did my son, but my daughter (currently vegetarian) loved it.

    • wester on October 15, 2016

      Extra note: She suggests using canned Puy lentils, but I prefer dried ones: They take only twenty minutes to cook and don't need soaking, and Puy lentils are plenty expensive as is.

  • Merguez with halloumi and flame-roasted red peppers

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on April 26, 2017

      Very easy, maybe a larger shallower pan would be better, or a little bit more time in the oven. Tastes very good. Ideal weeknight supper. Maybe next time serving it with green salad or other veg.

  • Curry in a hurry

    • Jane on March 07, 2016

      It is relatively quick but suffers for that from not having much depth of flavor. Though it would have been better with less liquid and probably had a better flavor if my green curry paste had been fresher.

    • Delys77 on November 07, 2016

      For me there was plenty of flavour because the curry paste we used was very powerful. I also like the edamame, beans, and peas as I found they made for a lovely colour and texture. I will say that I found it too soupy and ended up thickening. I am finding that this is often the case with recipes in this book.

  • Mellow meatballs

    • Jane on November 20, 2010

      Loved this. Very easy to do though not as quick as she says - it took more like 30 minutes for the squash to cook than the 20 she said.

  • Chocolate pear pudding cake

    • wester on October 26, 2016

      Very tasty, light and moist. Easy to make as well. I used some pears that needed using up instead of canned pears. Two pears was the right amount. I do not have a food processor so I tried to mix by hand mixer. This was a mistake. The batter (more of a dough really) was very thick and it was very difficult to get it off the mixer again. Next time find a different way of mixing and/or use larger eggs. When I had dolloped the dough on the pears they were only half covered but it spread nicely in the oven. I baked for five minutes more than the recipe said as it seemed still a bit too wet, and the cake was perfect like that. It does stay quite moist, you don't want to overbake it.

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Reviews about this book

  • Simply Recipes

    Express won’t win awards for being super-duper innovative or introducing you to new ingredients, but that’s not the goal here. It’s more about brevity.

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Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • Pineapple upside-down cake

    • Running With Tweezers

      This cake holds so many nostalgic memories for a lot of people that it just make folks smile when you uncover it. I'd forgotten how much *I* enjoyed it and I'm so glad I rediscovered it.

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Publishers Text

The Domestic Goddess is back, and this time it's instant. Nigella and her style of cooking have earned a special place in our lives, symbolizing all that is best, most pleasurable, most hands-on, and least fussy about good food. But that doesn't mean she wants us to spend hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove.

Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious shortcuts, terrific time-saving ideas, effortless entertaining tips, and simple, scrumptious meals, Nigella Express is her solution to eating well when time is short. Here are mouthwatering meals, quick to prepare and easy to follow, that you can conjure up after a day in the office or on a busy weekend, for family or unexpected guests. This is food you can make as you hit the kitchen running, with vital advice on how to keep your pantry stocked, and your freezer and fridge stacked. When time is precious, you canít spend hours shopping, so you need to make life easier by being prepared. Not that these recipes are basic, though they are always simple, but it's important to make every ingredient earn its place, minimizing effort by maximizing taste.

Here too is great food that can be prepared quickly but cooked slowly in the oven, leaving you time to have a bath, a drink, talk to friends, or help the children with their homework, minimum stress for maximum enjoyment.

Nigella Express features a new generation of fast food, never basic, never dull, always doable, quick, and delicious.

Featuring recipes seen on Food Network's Nigella Express series.



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