Monday, 17 November 2008

More Nigella Christmas

Girdlebuster Pie
Time for a bit more Nigella Christmas. Now that the shops area bit more Christmassy, I’m happy if a little frazzled by the thought of how much I have to do between now and then! My cards are half written though, and I’ve found it’s a lot easier to write them in the morning when the sun is shining through the window than at night when the curtains are drawn and it’s a cold night.
Jewelled Couscous
For any non regular readers by Nigella Christmas I mean the book by Nigella Lawson out last month. I have been consumed by the need to make her GirdleBuster Pie since I saw a picture of it. It is so lovely I changed the recipe slightly by making the crust and freezing it with the ice cream, vanilla in our case. Then sliced it and served the toffee sauce with bourbon in it (a taste sensation for sure) in a jug, this was mainly because I wanted to be able to give little people sauce without alcohol in it as well. I was really quite worried that I might not be able to cut it smoothly, indeed I was worried about even getting it out of the dish, but it was fine, I had no need to worry about it. It’s bonus is it lives in the freezer and can be whipped out at any time when a gorgeous pudding is required.
Party Chicken
Party Poussins with jewelled couscous and a butternut squash side. I made this with skinless chicken breasts, which is not what Nigella suggested, I’d use thighs next time. Spiced roast squash is a must make, I kept snaffling bits - it is butternut squash at its most spectacular, well in my opinion anyhow. The recipe is in the text introduction for the party poussins.
Spiced Roast Squash
If anything would make life at this time of year easier it’s these fabulous Rocky Road bars, my goodness they are good, and with the amaretti in place of the more regular plain biscuits they are knockout. I’ve been trying them out on friends to gauge reactions, and they go down really well, people tend to think there is booze in them, but it’s just the amaretti biscuits, you must give them a go!

Notes: Nigella used 250g dark chocolate and 150g milk chocolate, plus mini marshmallows, I really don’t like mini marshmallows, so even though it is a bit tiresome, I think it’s worth buying the big ones and snipping them into 4 to replicate the mini ones, but with a bit more taste.

Christmas Rocky Road
Slightly adapted from Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson 2008.
175g soft unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
200g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
4 tablespoons golden syrup
200g amaretti biscotti (the hard ones), crushed into crumbs and lumps
125g marshmallows, large pink and white ones, scissored into 4 each
150g glace cherries
150g brazil nuts
2 teaspoons icing sugar, to dust (optional)
(1)Heat the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan over a gentle heat, then cool a little
(2)To the melted chocolate mixture add the biscuit crumbs, marshmallows, glace cherries and brazil nuts, fold in well to coat everything.
(3)Tip the mixture into a 13 x 9"baking tin and smooth the top the best you can with a spatula.
Refrigerate for about two hours or overnight.
(4) To serve, cut into 24 bars and dust with icing sugar and edible glitter for the festive factor.


Anna said...

Kelly-jane, you are on a roll girl!!
I have never seen such a fabulous thing as that girdlebuster pie (and what a great name eh? :-))

I love roasted butternut squash, I do that frequently, as I love the sweet taste, vegetables but not in a green, bitter form. I could eat a whole squash that way

Jacqui said...

You have been busy!I am still drooling through this Nigella book, anytime now I will cook something from it. Great to read your comments.

Beth said...

I was flicking through the book again last night and spotted the girdlebuster!!! Ive got to try that one

Made the rocky road and they were a hit although couldn't find any amaretti biscuits (I do live in the depths of Cornwall) so had to make do with plain rich tea.

Nickki said...

Everything looks wonderful!! I must make that girdlebuster pie! I am loving NC, I want to make just about everything! :)

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

K-J You have been busy, I can't wait to make the Girdlebuster - it looks heavenly!

Sophie said...

All these delicious Christmasy recipes have definitely put me in a festive mood! The butternut squash looks so golden and tasty...and those bars, heavenly!

Hayley said...

Owwwww that Girdlebuster Pie looks goooooooood! The only reason I haven't made it myself is for fear of eating it all in one sitting!! xx

Rhyleysgranny said...

Kelly your photos are lovely. That girdle buster pie has had me wanting to try since I got the book but I was uncertain because of the quantities. I never thought of it living in the freezer. Thanks for that. The chicken ,cous cous and the butternut squash all look good too. Those rocky road biscuits, I really must make them. They look so good.
You have been very busy

Victoria Sponge said...

What a great spread of Nigella Christmas. I did the same as you with the rocky road and used large marshmallows chopped up. That girdlebuster pie is on the top of my 'to do' list! xxx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Busy as ever! I love the name of that girdlebuster pie. I'm not that keen on marshmallows at all - what do you think would make a good substitute?

I've taken the cover off of Nigella Christmas. It can then stay out as a Christmas decoration.

Can't believe you've written half your Christmas cards already.

Sarah said...

Wow KJ, your girdlebuster pie looks better than Nigella's!!! Love the look of the hot melty sauce :D

xox Sarah

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

WOW look at that pie. I love the name of it, and the combination of those ingredients sounds heavenly! You are really making me want to get stuck into this book :)

Margaret said...

The pie looks delicious. I think I'll make this for Christmas. Lots of great ideas from you.

Gemma said...

Yum, I would make the pie but think it could be dangerous. I will definitely make the squash and couscous dishes with chicken though. Are you using any of the recipes for Christmas Day?

Gemma x

Maria said...

Kelly the girdlebuster pie looks so good and I've definitely got to make that during xmas!

Everything looks so delish and I must also try the Christmas rocky road.


Rosie said...

WOW K.J. you have been very busy with all these fabulous treats. I have the Girdlebuster Pie marked out to make - gosh it looks gorgeous!!

Great Christmas book from Nigella :)

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Wow KJ you've certainly been busy! I love the sound of the girdle buster pie, just the name alone makes me want to make it (hopefully soon), I need to cook more from NC.

You've been tagged over at mine btw.

Nazarina A said...

All simply delicious and who cares if that pie busts my girdle, I can always go and run a mile and come back for of your delights!
I have an award for you!

Freya said...

KJ, my mum keeps pestering me about the girdlebuster for Christmas Day!! Your family must be very well fed...but what will you serve them at Christmas after all this wonderful pre-Xmas food? Sandwiches??
Freya x

Cynthia said...

You are so darn organized

Deborah said...

I want some of it all, but really a piece of that pie would make me happoy!

david santos said...

Fantastic posting! Good menu and good food!

Kelly-Jane said...

Thank you everyone for your comments :)

Gemma, I do use some of Nigella's recipes on Christmas Day, will try and do a post in December about Christmas Dinner itself.


thislinda said...

I just did the Christmas Rocky Road and it is, even though I say so myself, really delicious. I suggest making your own Amaretti biscuits (see the bbc recipe for same on a google search) which is easy and your only problem will be stopping people eating them all before you use them for this recipe. It is worth remembering that, if you make your own amaretti, this is a gluten-free recipe as well. A lovely version of 'Tiffin' and one to remember... a new Christmas tradition in my house, I think x

Linda F said...

so many gorgeous offerings here Kelly Jane, but that is something else!!!!:)

debbie said...

Has anyone got the recipe for Nigella's girdlebuster pie? It looks amazing and i can not wait to try it - never mind the calories.

Diane said...

Recipe for Gridlebuster Pie

Sandy said...

Oh, YUM! Silly me, I didn't realize you were back to blogging from your short break. I've been missing out and must remedy that!

Anonymous said...

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