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Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson

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  • Mortadella and mozzarella frittata

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Meh - made me realise how much I hate mortadella!! Will try with different meat if I do this again.

  • Crustless pizza

    • pistachiopeas on April 01, 2017

      This was certainly quick and easy but felt a bit stodgy to me.

  • Crisp chicken cutlets with salad on the side

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Bland and not really worth the amount of work involved.

    • rpepper on March 24, 2016

      Easy and delicious

  • Cheesy chili

    • ozmcp on March 03, 2011

      Everyone loved this. Very easy to make

    • okcook on March 25, 2013

      Easy is right. Made mine with Rick Bayless' home made chorizo. Added a couple of halves of habenaros while it simmered to add a nice floral note.

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      5.13 Yummy - def repeat.

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Added mushrooms - can't have chilli without. Very tasty.

    • pistachiopeas on April 01, 2017

      Easy and delicious. The Spanish chorizo added a lot. Leftovers froze well (without the mozzarella). Served with tortilla chips.

  • Barbecued ground beef

    • sideshoes on October 03, 2011

      The flavor was good, but this was way too soupy.

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Agree with sideshoes - good flavour but much too soupy

  • Sweet and sour chicken

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Lovely! A great midweek supper.

  • Chicken teriyaki

    • Jane on January 29, 2011

      Very quick and easy everynight supper. Chicken marinated for 15 mins then cooked, served with sushi rice and veg. Couldn't be much easier.

    • KarinaFrancis on April 10, 2014

      Very quick, easy and tasty. I served it with udon noodles, even simpler than rice, and worked well.

  • Turkey meatballs in tomato sauce

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      I added half the liquid to the sauce than stated in the recipe and even that was too much. Meatballs were okay - a bit bland and of course because they are turkey mince they also look rather insipid!

  • African drumsticks

    • KarinaFrancis on January 05, 2014

      I wasnt crazy about this dish (rare for a Nigella recipe). If I was to make it again, I'd up the amount of jam and lower the tomato sauce. It might work well with chicken wings...

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Very moreish - made with our family recipe chilli jam for extra kick!

  • Tarragon chicken

    • Cheri on November 29, 2011

      This was ok, but a bit bland.

    • annapanna on February 04, 2013

      Pretty tasty and very easy to make. I put leek instead of scallions, and I didn't have vermouth so I used white wine.

  • Red currant and mint lamb chops

    • seherhussain on September 07, 2011

      sauce needs a little tweaking to make it more balanced, less redcurrant jelly and more worcester and red wine vinegar. and pour off most of the fat in the pan before making it, otherwise its too greasy. quite good with the adjustments!

    • redjanet on April 08, 2012

      I made this recipe without any adjustments and found it very good, though not all that different from the lamb in port sauce recipe also in this book. Nice meal for two, though.

  • Speedy scaloppine with rapid roastini

    • seherhussain on September 07, 2011

      didn't try the scaloppine, but five stars for the rapid roastini, a great way to cook gnocchi

  • Scallops with Thai-scented pea purée

    • HilaryLittle on April 28, 2013

      My late stepfather loved this recipe, he even requested it as a starter for Christmas Day! A lovely simple recipe, one that will always remind me of a very special man.

  • Korean calamari

    • seherhussain on September 19, 2011

      the sauce needs balancing or its too spicy. a little more sesame oil and replace the sugar with 1 tbsp honey for next time

  • Korean keema

    • lilham on July 25, 2013

      Very quick and very tasty. A winner.

    • Jane on January 19, 2015

      Not great. It probably didn't help that my ground turkey was finely ground so when the sauce was added it looked like pink slime. From her description it sounded like the turkey should be sitting in the marinading sauce whereas mine was all absorbed. But also was pretty boring taste.

  • Irish oaten rolls

    • No1Alicat on November 03, 2015

      Really didn't like this. I made one large loaf, following the instructions to do so rather than the rolls. The bread didn't cook through so I treated it as a part-baked loaf and gave it another blast the next evening. This improved the texture slightly, but the taste was still heavy and over-poweringly 'Guinness-y' so I won't be bothering with this one again.

  • Indian-rubbed lamb chops with butternut, arugula, and pine nut salad

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Didn't do the lamb chops yet but really not keen on the butternut salad - it was a rather strange mix of texture & flavour which had little appeal. One of the rare occasions we've not been able to face finishing a dish :-(

    • Pangur Ban on November 22, 2015

      Really liked this. Salad easy to do, used Crown Prince & it was delicious.

  • Spring chicken

    • KarinaFrancis on September 19, 2013

      Loved this for a spring lunch. Light and delicious and reasonably quick to make.

  • Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes

    • Fiona on July 28, 2011

      This is a great throw everything in the one dish with delicious results. A favourite mid-week meal with the family when I'm short of time.

    • KarinaFrancis on December 29, 2013

      Loved this! Easy, delicious, juicy chicken, crispy skin and the oven does all the work! Will make this again.

    • ellemoro on September 21, 2014

      Seems not to be in the Index but is on Page 100 in the UK version 978-0-701-18740-8

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      10.13 Scrumptious.

  • Chicken with Greek herb sauce

    • Cheri on April 20, 2011

      Ehhh. Ok, probably won't make again. Nothing special.

  • Mexican lasagne with avocado salsa

    • swegener on February 01, 2015

      This was pretty good--though I added some chicken to the filling.

  • Tomato curry with coconut rice

    • cassiemcgannon on November 25, 2012

      Quick, easy, tasty, and can be made entirely with things I usually have in the pantry and freezer.

  • Universally useful blue cheese dressing

    • KarinaFrancis on October 05, 2014

      Really good, I used it as a sauce with buffalo wings but Nigella is right, it would have a lot of uses. I used lite sour cream instead of buttermilk because that's what I had on hand.

  • Apple and cinnamon muffins

    • No1Alicat on November 03, 2015

      I omitted the almonds because of family member with nut allergy. The muffins were a delight - a perfect balance of cinnamon and sweetness, and very light. Muffins are so easy and foolproof and because these are extremely tasty I can see them featuring again and again.

  • Pear pandowdy

    • wester on February 04, 2017

      Extremely simple and totally delicious. My cover had quite a lot of holes but that didn't matter really - it's more like a crumble than a pie anyway. The filling caramelizes quite a bit too, which was unexpected but really nice.

  • South Indian vegetable curry

    • Sue21 on January 08, 2011

      If you are using a tamarind block, prepare this first as it takes 20 mins to soak to create the paste. I took Nigella's advice and served this curry in a bowl and it somehow tasted better for it.

    • Lmor on November 03, 2015

      Sauce freezes well

  • Orange and blackberry trifle

    • jammydodger on July 21, 2014

      Changed this beyond all recognition. Had a damaged chocolate sponge cake to use up (lining tins is not optional), so adapted this recipe by using Amaretto and raspberries. It was lovely, and a very, VERY easy pudding. Also a handy way to use up leftover cake, if there is such a thing.

  • Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake

    • Lillibet on June 30, 2011

      Best made the day before as needs time to cool.

    • Lillibet on June 30, 2011

      An absolutely fabulous, rich dessert that looks impressive but is very easy to make.

    • mmask on February 01, 2012

      This cheesecake is as luscious and "full bodied" as Nigella. It is spectacular, but should only be eaten in small amounts - it is very rich.

    • redjanet on November 25, 2012

      This is a must make for any fans of the chocolate and peanut butter combination. Easy and makes a wonderful, rich and impressive dessert for a big gathering.

  • Slut's spaghetti

    • eeeve on March 16, 2015

      The best ever Spaghetti Puttanesca recipe – quick, easy, delicious. Has become a firm favourite in our household and is being made on a regular basis - even by the husband who's quite a lazy cook...

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      7.13 Yummy, easy & quick. My favourite Puttanesca recipe!

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Not being a lover of anchovies or olives or capers.....Not sure why I tried this! Maybe just to prove I wouldn't like it?!

  • Pasta with pancetta, parsley, and peppers

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Quick, easy, very very tasty!

  • Indian roasted potatoes

    • okcook on January 10, 2015

      The instructions are to roast the potatoes for one hour at 200C. I felt this was too long. The potatoes were crisp on the outside but a little dried out. I will try 45 minutes next time. Be sure to make the red onion/lime juice topping which really makes the dish sing.

  • Curley pasta with feta, spinach, and pine nuts

    • ozmcp on March 03, 2011

      Works well with roasted red capsicum in the place of spinach

    • KIGirl on August 22, 2014

      Tastes better than it looks !

  • Everyday brownies

    • Jennywaern on July 17, 2015

      My stand-by brownie recipe, delicious and quick with ingredients usually in the cupboard. The full recipe uses milk chocolate and light brown muscovado sugar - Nigella says substitute extra cocoa powder and caster sugar if you don't have these handy. The ingredients list here includes corn syrup - this is not in Nigella's recipe.

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      7.13 Not bad - next time adjust cooking time. 20 mins was a bit too long for me.

  • My mother's praised chicken

    • scarlettchef on October 22, 2012

      Works every time yielding gorgeous moist chicken, particularly good in Nigella's Chicken Caesar Salad. I've even done it in the slow cooker whilst I'm out at work with excellent results. I tend to use the resulting stock for soup or risotto. Stock particularly good in Nigel Slater's Roast Chicken Risotto from "Real Food", using the Sunday leftovers.

    • redjanet on January 13, 2013

      This is a really nice dish for a Sunday lunch. Warm and hearty and it smells wonderful while cooking - just like my grandmother's chicken soup! I followed the basic recipe as this was my first time making this, but may try following one of Nigella's variations next time as I did find this ever so slightly bland. Still, the chicken was so soft and juicy that it was falling off of the bones as I lifted it out of the pan. I'm looking forward to the leftovers.

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Heavenly chicken - very moist and flavoursome. Not sure it's quite up to Sunday lunch because it does rather look a mess, but absolutely worth doing if you want cooked chicken meat for other dishes. I think I am likely to do this again and again.....

  • Quick chick Caesar

    • scarlettchef on January 05, 2013

      This is a fabulous chicken caesar salad. I used only egg yolks rather than the whole egg, for a more sumptuous, rich dressing. Also a chopped avocado is a brilliant addition. A meal in itself, or can be padded out by having some tasty new potatoes on the side.

  • Thai chicken noodle soup

    • veggie va on March 28, 2011

      Quite good and very fast. I couldn't find the tamarind paste, so I left that out. I also left out the sugar. I used bean thread noodles, shrimp instead of chicken and for the veggies I used asparagus, snow peas and bean sprouts. I like the encouragement to use whatever veggies are on hand, though I doubt asparagus is very authentic.

  • Blueberry cornmeal muffins

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Very popular in this house. I love using polenta in bakes for the little bit of crunch you get.

  • Devil's food cake

    • EatPictures on January 06, 2012

      Looks as if it's going wrong - sloppy, runny, hopeless - at every stage. Then turns out absolutely stunning at the last second.

    • annapanna on November 07, 2013

      The cake turns out nice and moist, if you make sure you do not overbake it. I agree the mixture is very runny at first. As for the frosting, I needed to let it cool much longer than the recipe says, I actually put it into the fridge for a while, to make it reach the right consistency. So if it looks too liquid, just wait for it to set a bit.

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      7.13 I use this icing recipe a lot. Great for a large celebration cake. You just need a bit of time to let it cool.

  • Chocolate chip cookies

    • Jane on January 25, 2011

      These are really good cookies. They have depth, both of flavor and some heft in the hand though I made them half the size she suggests. She says 1/4 cup (60ml) and I did 2 tbl (30ml) so I don't know how I got 17 cookies and she suggests a yield of 14 of her double-sized ones. Anyway, they're good.

  • Lemon polenta cake

    • Melanie on July 22, 2016

      This was a winner of a recipe. Converted to cupcakes (used liners) and reduced the temperature and cooking time. Lovely moist texture.

  • Coffee and walnut layer cake

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      5.13 Great flavours - just don't overcook the cake - or let it dry out.

  • Flourless chocolate lime cake

    • redjanet on July 20, 2014

      Squidgy, chocolately, limey and very easy to make. I didn't bother making the accompanying margarita cream as I don't normally drink tequila and didn't feel it was worth buying a bottle for one tablespoon or so. It went very well with vanilla-flavoured double cream however. Perfect for entertaining a gluten-free friend.

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      8.13 Definitely a dessert cake - the lime adds a different taste - Would definitely like to try the cream if serving for dessert w icecream also.

  • Guinness gingerbread

    • ithyt on October 19, 2015

      7.14 Good but I prefer Waihi recipe.

  • Sweet and salty crunch nut bars

    • KarinaFrancis on October 10, 2016

      My chocolate started to split and turn grainy, but I think it might have been user error rather than any fault of the recipe. Once it set it was delicious. I cut it up into small cubes to serve at an afternoon tea and it was very popular. I made it with all milk chocolate, will try the milk/dark version next time.

  • Blondies

    • Cati on October 25, 2012

      Note the indexing shows quick cooking oats. Nigella makes a point of saying porridge oats not instant oats.

  • Beer-braised beef casserole (Carbonnade à la Flamande)

    • KarinaFrancis on May 28, 2016

      Perfect comfort food for a chilly night. The total exceeds the sum of it's reasonably simple parts. I made a few minor tweaks firstly I cooked the onions for about 30 mins at low heat and at the end I took out most of the sauce and reduced it on the stovetop by about 2/3. I couldn't wait a day to eat it, but it was delicious right away. I can imagine it would be even better if I'd planned ahead.

    • Boffcat on December 13, 2016

      Meltingly delicious, with a wonderful rich taste. Dark Belgian beer isn't that easy to come by, and according to the staff in my local beer shop would be an odd thing to cook with - last time I used Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale, which worked very well.

  • Saffron risotto

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Tasty but I cooked this as a main and it's really too rich - smaller portion would be a lovely starter

  • Beer braised pork knuckles with caraway, garlic, apples, and potatoes

    • okcook on April 19, 2012

      Made a variation based on an A16 recipe....bone the shanks and stuff with sausage meat. I had home made hot Italian sausage that I took out of the casings and mixed in parsley, garlic, and dry vermouth.

  • Sherry-glazed chorizo

    • wester on January 05, 2017

      The sherry did not make much of a difference.

  • Soup made with garlic and love and pumpkin scones

    • No1Alicat on November 16, 2015

      Soup was a murky, bland mess so I added a load more stuff & some cooked chicken to turn it into proper soup! Not tried the scones yet

  • Toad in the hole

    • redjanet on January 08, 2012

      This was very easy to make and worked really well. My first attempt at what is basically a big Yorkshire pudding with embedded sausage patties and it came out perfectly. Next time I'll make the gravy to go with it and maybe also use more sausages than suggested.

  • Slow roasted pork belly

    • KarinaFrancis on February 22, 2015

      This got the thumbs up from the whole family. The meat is meltingly tender and the crackling was super crispy and crunchy - just as pork belly should be. After trying a few different recipes, this is now my go-to. I left the pork uncovered over night to dry out the skin.

  • Texas brisket

    • needlezen on September 08, 2012

      Too much vinegar and smoke for our taste. I decreased them and increased worcestshire and A1 so that the overall amount of liquid remains the same.

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  • Bibliocook

    Packed full of recipes that I’ve been trying out since the day I got it, Nigella’s Kitchen is already well stained with use. In short, I’m loving it.

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Publishers Text

A big, compendious, comfortable, informative and utterly engaging book, "Kitchen" brings us feel-good food for cooks and eaters, whether Express-style and exotic-easy during the week, or leisurely and luxuriating (in the spirit of How to be a Domestic Goddess and Feast) on weekends or for occasions. Divided into two parts - Kitchen Quandaries and Kitchen Comforts - Nigella gives us the wherewithal to tackle any situation and satisfy all nourishment needs. But real cooking is often about leftovers, too, so here one recipe can lead to another...from ham hocks to pea soup and pasties, from chicken to Chinatown salad. This isn't just about being thrifty but about demonstrating how recipes come about, and giving new inspiration for last-minute meals and souped-up store cupboard suppers. As well as offering the reader a mouthwatering array of new recipes, both comforting and exciting - from clams with chorizo to Guinness gingerbread, from Asian braised beef to flourless chocolate lime cake, from Pasta alla Genovese to Venetian carrot cake - Nigella rounds up her kitchen kit must-haves (telling us, too, what equipment we don't need) and highlights individual ingredients - both basic essentials and modern-day life-savers. But above all, she reminds the reader how much pleasure there is to be had in real food, and in reclaiming the traditional rhythms of the kitchen, as she cooks to the beat of the heart of the home, creating simple recipes to make life less complicated.

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