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NigellasLoveBuns Sun 21-Apr-13 00:08:54

I have every single Nigella Lawson book and I really enjoy reading all of them but a lot of the recipes seem to contain one or more ingredients that I suspect I would buy and then find months later at the back of the cupboard.
I have had varying degrees of success with the recipes that I have tried and I wondered if anyone else feels the same way. Which of Nigella's recipes have worked and which have been a disaster.

PleaseDontEatMyShoe Fri 03-May-13 13:38:36

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DXBMermaid Thu 02-May-13 21:46:41

I love her baking recipes. In particular her white chocolate and cranberry cookies. Oh and her chocolate pistachio fudge.

Her savoury dishes I use more for inspiration then that I actually follow the recipe. I think her recipes are quite flexible and she often makes suggestions about swapping an ingredient.

I love reading her books and this thread has made me want to reread her books. Especially how to eat.

littlemissnormal Thu 02-May-13 21:23:45

The Spanish chicken from Kitchen is a staple in our house, the marmalade pudding is always requested by DF and the margarita ice cream is heavenly!

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 02-May-13 21:19:17

Oh yes ham in coke.

Beef in Guinness from how to eat.

Some of the Sicilian recipes from Nigeliisima

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 02-May-13 21:18:23

Barbados cream is great, it is very much a recipe of recipes of a lady of a certain age, a friend in her 70s serves it up as a fail safe years before it came out in Nigella'z book. Wasn't it one of her gran's recipes?

Feast is really good. I have cooked so much from there. The Georgian feast, yellow frankfurter soup,thing, Tunisian stew, the Eid feast. It is my favourite book of hers. Se underspices things though, so add more chilli and spice than she ever says.

skorpion Thu 02-May-13 21:10:51

I love her choc orange cake for Christmas (Feast). Also made her quick choc mousse from Express and found that the recipe she says would feed 4 to 6 (I think) gave a bellyache to eight. There's masses of it and it's extremely rich. But oh, so delicious.

I have to say she does annoy me a bit with her descriptions on TV, but I do love her books.

NigellasLoveBuns Sat 27-Apr-13 00:37:05

Has anyone cooked the Salami with small pasta from Kitchen? I tried it and it was the most bland thing I have ever eaten. The ham hock in cider worked though and I have made that a couple of times. Her books just draw me in as I love her writing style. Sweet things seem to work better for me so I am going to try Guinness gingerbread this weekend and then pick out something savoury for next week and hope it tastes ok.

Lemonylemon Thu 25-Apr-13 14:17:23

From Nigella Bites: Pasta and meatballs; ham in coke.

VivClicquot Tue 23-Apr-13 19:10:26

I love her books. I read them like novels smile

From Feast, the cider and apple gravy to accompany sausages is now my staple gravy. Also the snow flecked brownies and fully festive ham are essentials at Christmas.

From Express, my usuals are the prawn and mango Thai curry and the pork chops in cider.

From Kitchen, I recently did the tarragon chicken and pasta with bacon and roasted peppers - both amazing. But I didn't like the Spanish Chicken thighs with potatoes and chorizo.

Can't think what I make from How To Eat other than hams. Oh and the lemon linguine is delish.

Is the watermelon and feta salad in Forever Summer? It's lovely.

PleaseDontEatMyShoe Tue 23-Apr-13 15:42:59

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chartreuse Tue 23-Apr-13 12:42:21

Oh God, Barbados Cream

<rushes to shops to buy ingredients>

BaconAndAvocado Mon 22-Apr-13 22:31:06

I have all of nige's books too. Christmas is my all time favourite.

Best recipes IMO:
Choc chilli
Chocolate fondants

Really want to try chocolate Guinness cake!

effedorf Mon 22-Apr-13 22:07:01

I only have How To Eat but from that I particularly like the minestrone, the chicken and chickpea tagine (cook ahead so good for dinner parties) and the cheesey stars for children's parties.

kneedeepindaisies Mon 22-Apr-13 22:04:01

I loved the Guinness cake even though it sunk grin

From Nigella Express I like the pork chops in cider and the potato and mushroom gratin thing.

Taffeta Mon 22-Apr-13 22:00:25

I use her mince pie pastry recipe, it's the best. Yy to beef with anchovies, one pan sage and onion chicken and sausage, Madeira cake, cherry almond cake, old fashioned chocolate cake, pink grapefruit marmalade.

CMP69 Mon 22-Apr-13 17:52:45

We love Greek Lamb Stew from How to Eat, its a real cook and freeze fav here :-)

DewDr0p Mon 22-Apr-13 13:47:53

Also have a recipe for her veggie chilli (the one topped with cornbread) that I got from a magazine. I've never bothered making the cornbread but the chilli itself is gorgeous.

AmberSocks Mon 22-Apr-13 12:54:09

i only have Kitchen,and use a lot of the recipes,never tried any of the cakes though except the chocolate orange loaf which was nice and popular with the kids.

the fajitas are good and we eat them every week,and the chilli with chorizo in it.(charley)

DewDr0p Mon 22-Apr-13 12:48:00

I've got How to Eat and Domestic Goddess.

Have found her cake recipes pretty reliable. Her victoria sponge is unbeatable imho and fairy cakes good too. Also like the easy almond cake, banana cake and lemon drizzle. And the cut out biscuits. Oh and the scones, the scones are fabulous.

From How to Eat my favourites are the beef casserole with red wine and anchovies (totally delicious and really do make the horseradish raita thing to go with it) and also the ham cooked in cider. Her carbonara is a staple in our house, really excellent. Agree re some of the low fat stuff too. Should have another look at How to Eat, haven't cooked much from it for ages.

bedmonster Mon 22-Apr-13 11:57:56

I have used loads of her recipes in the past and found them all to be excellent. I don't use any of her savoury recipes though, I think they are all look lazy, loads of shortcuts and scrimps on time spent on getting flavour into the dishes. But she does lovely brownies, the malteaser cake is a real family favourite, the millionaire shortbread is the best ever and my DDs absolutely love it when I make snickerdoodles (although I can't stand them!).

SingingTunelessly Mon 22-Apr-13 10:36:11

I have dark memories of spending hours one New Year's Eve making the Girdlebuster pie. It was rank. Never trusted her recipes since.

tigerlilygrr Mon 22-Apr-13 10:32:55

Hi you can substitute dried sour cherries or normal cranberries for barberries. Barberries are hard to get in the UK because they spread some kind of blight to other crops so they have to be grown under special conditions, but you can get them from middle eastern grocers and sometimes Asian corner shops.

I absolutely adore Nigella's cooking and definitely her books are my favourite of all time. I've only really had two misfires - vodka steak and lamb shanks with figs and honey, both from feast. Otherwise I think she's both reliable and quite forgiving if you leave out the odd ingredient here or there.

rumbelina Mon 22-Apr-13 06:15:17

Roasted double potato, veg and halloumi. Just the main ingredients and oil....yum!

somanymiles Mon 22-Apr-13 05:07:28

TempusFuckit what are barberries?

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