Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Review Nigella Kitchen

I discovered Nigella Lawson and her culinary style quite late in life. In fact, it was only last April when I first brought a Nigella book, at the suggestion of one of my fellow amigo who enjoys cooking and baking. I now have 5 out of the 8 of Nigella's books, these are: Kitchen, Forever Summer, How to be a domestic goddess, Christmas and my recent purchase Feast. Nigella's kitchen has given me the confidence to try a whole array of new recipes, use new ingredients and take a culinary journey throughout the world in my kitchen.
I have not taken pictures for all the recipes I have cooked (as this was prior to my food, glorious food days). The first recipe I tried was "Ed mother's meatloaf", followed by African drumsticks, which was sweet but did not think it was very authentic as I have tried African cuisines before. I loved her sweet and salty bars. The latter was a very decadent, luxurious, calorific chocolate bar which I love, but out of fear that I will be become addicted I have not made again. I fell in love with her coffee and walnut cake and whilst the pictures may not look fantastic (I only started baking cakes since last April after buying this book), it certainly tasted wonderful! The recipe can be found here coffee and walnut cake.

Coffee and walnut cake

Coffee and walnut cake with more coffee ! 

I also have made my first ever cheesecake, a banoffee cheesecake - a fantastic way to use up ripe bananas. Although I wasn't a big fan of this (I'm a chocolate cake girl), my family really enjoyed this.

Bannofee cheesecake.

Devil's food cake.

Swedish summer cake.
Talking about chocolate cake, Nigella's devil food cake was amazing. I tend not to use all plain chocolate when cooking but use 1/2 plain and 1/2 milk chocolate. The recipe can be found here: Devil's food cake. I also have made her Swedish summer cake, If I make this again over the summer I think I will cut the strawberries in half .

I have also made some of her savoury recipes, all which I have enjoyed, in fact, there isn't a recipe in this book which I dislike.

Turkey escalopes

Spanish Chicken

Pantry paella
I will be making Nigella's blondies this Sunday and date steak on Valentines day (for one).


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