Tuesday, 7 September 2010

It's Here! It's Here! - Nigella Kitchen

Fuss Free Fruit Tart
Well the wait is over, Kitchen, Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson is here! I have so anticipated this new book, that at times I’ve wondered if it would be possible for it to live up to the thing I have built it up to in my mind. It does though, more than even. So many recipes, so many pictures, even some step by step ones and many of Nigella too. The book is divided into two parts Kitchen Quandries and Kitchen Comforts. The recipes are really varied, and there are so many of them. Loads of writing too, so it’ll be a book to read as well as cook from.
I don’t want to give you a blow by blow book review here, I’d rather leave a lot to the imagination, so that if you do buy it, or get it as a gift – it’ll still be a wonderful surprise for you. I hope you understand, I’ve not gone all lazy, I’m trying to be considerate! If you like How To Eat or Feast, then you’ll like this one, it’s similar, but a whole lot more too.
I was going to hold off a little while before posting about some of my first makes, but I couldn’t. Particularly since the forum has gone on Nigella.com I need to share my joy =) In my 'Books Cooked from So Far' column at the side I'm listing this as "Nigella Kitchen", and that's how I think of it. I’ll do a little project of this book, looking forward to it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
About an hour hout of the oven these are just perfection, crispy on the outside and cooked, but chewy on the inside. Mmmm.
Marmalade Pudding Cake
This is a dish-bound pudding cake, that is baked in the oven, but tastes like a light steamed pudding. I wouldn’t have believed a baked sponge could taste like a steamed one, but it does, there is no denying it. I used a mild mannered marmalade (golden shred) and it was really very delicious indeed! Leftovers can be used for a plate trifle… next time. Mine became quite dark on the top, but there was no burned taste, just in colour. I’ll cover it next time though, so it’s more golden. Recipe here at the Daily Mail.

Date Steak
Oh my goodness! This was incredibly delicious. I’d have bought the book for the recipe for this alone. I made it with fillet steak, as that is our preference, hubby said he would have paid £20plus in a restaurant for it. It was a super treaty Saturday night supper for us. I don’t expect Nigella reads my blog, but thank you for a truly fabulous recipe Nigella anyway!

Salami Pasta
This was ok, not a wow for us, apparently we don’t like beans with our pasta! Mind you it’s the only one form this batch of pictures I wouldn’t make again.

Sunshine Soup
Or sweetcorn and roasted pepper soup. Sweet, savoury and a little bite with some sweetcorn kernels. My little one emptied the soup bowl. I have some more in the freezer too, result.

Fuss Free Fruit Tart
Very pretty this one, we thought there was a bit too much biscuit crust, but the filling is gorgeous will use it again, either on the cheesecake base from Express or an M&S tart base, to be inkeeping with the ease of the recipe.
Crustless Pizza
This is a fast filling little number. A crustles pizza seems to be somewhere between an oven baked pancake and cheesy Yorkshire pudding. We all liked it, and I am avoiding yeast just now, so it was nice for me to have a sort-of-pizza. Will top it differently next time. A perfect quick weekend just us lunch with some salad.
The bits and pieces
The chicken and veggies plus warmed tortillas
Chicken Fajitas
A good family supper, nice as everyone can pick and choose. I made this last night, on a busy Monday night, half hour of preparation for much reward. I even managed to use my party set which I was given as a birthday gift last year. I used a red onion to have a little extra colour, although I only did this because I happened to have one.

Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream
A lovely zingy spin on a flour less chocolate cake, it’s almost unbelievable how one juicy lime can give such a lot of flavour to a cake. The margarita cream was divine, and I say this as someone who wouldn’t drink the cocktail. The cream would make a glorious pudding in a pretty glass with a biscuit on its own. Recipe here on Nigella.com.


angeltreats said...

I was just as excited as you to get hold of Nigella Kitchen! It's so gorgeous. Unfortunately I am on a diet and Nigella doesn't really 'do' diets, I'm trying desperately to stop myself making the lemon polenta cake but I doubt I'll resist for long.

Helen said...

Everything looks and sounds great. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

Nickki said...

I was also so excited about Kitchen! I agree, it's everything I thought it would be and more. You've cooked so much already! I'm impressed :-) I've made the choc chip cookies (divine!), the toad in the hole and the chocolate banana muffins. I'm making the chocolate lime cake this weekend!

newlywed said...

Thanks so much for sharing! It's not out yet here in the US, and I just can't wait to get my hands on it! I can't wait to see any more recipes that you try!

Jacqui said...

Can't believe you've cooked all this already. I like Nigella but not quite as much as you do I don't think.

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Lisa said...

My copy dispatched from AmazonUK and I'm practically assaulting the mailman on a daily basis for it!

I drooled over everything you posted and the crustless pizza looks like one of those gorgeous Chicago-style that are to die for. And marmalade cake...have mercy.

Maria♥ said...

I'm in love with Nigella Kitchen and the wait has been worth it!

Wow I can't beleive how much you've cooked and baked from the book already. Everything looks delish and I can't wait to try more recipes. So far I've made the Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Chocolate Banana Muffins, both on my blog.


Lucy said...

Wow how have you had time to cook this?
I've only made the Guinness gingerbread (amaazing by the way) Will post on my blog soon.

You've given me some more cooking inspiration.

How To Be Perfect said...

I have the book and am dying to try a ton of the recipes. Those cookies are high on my list, the grasshopper pie looks amazing. I was so pleased when I got it I text hubby saying
'Its amazing!!! Heavy as a bible and totally scrummy looking'.

Great post, I want to bake tose cookies even more now x

julie said...

Wow! I'm impressed, KJ! Well done and thanks for the great review that reveals and teases a little but doesn't give too much away :)
I'm still on the fence about getting this book but in my heart of hearts, I know I *need*it ;)

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Amanda at Little Foodies said...

What can I say... it's good isn't it. Hope you're all well. x

Shaun said...

Kelly-Jane ~ So glad you posted this teaser. I am as excited as you were - I have ordered this and Nigel Slater's Tender Vol II from Amazon UK so I don't have to wait for their New Zealand release.

Nigella does beautiful things with citrus (remember her clementine cake from How to Eat? I once made it with pink grapefruit - delicious!!), so I am intrigued by her marmalade cake.

I have been absent from the blogosphere for too long and am hoping the new books will revive me.

Thank you for the inspiration and for indicating that the book is in a similar vein to How to Eat and Feast.

George@CulinaryTravels said...

I was so excited to get the book and I'm loving it. Not only lovely recipes but great writing too. All your bakes look lovely Kelly.

Kelly-Jane said...

Thank you all for your comments :)

Brownieville Girl said...

Really helpful Kelly-Jane - Thanks

muppy said...

I love nigella kitchen too, I've been cooking loads of her recipes too!