Saturday, 29 December 2012

Second Helpings from Nigellissima

Cappuccino Pavlova

It’s been a while now since I did my first post about Nigellissima Instant Italian Inspiration by Nigella Lawson 2012, but I’ve been cooking steadily from it so here is a second helping.

I was so happy last month when a friend who was going to one of Nigella's book signings offered to get a signed one for me. Thanks again, you know who you are!

Beef Pizzaiola
I made this one Sunday night for hubby and myself, it’s easy and delicious. Beef with pizza style sauce.

Farro Risotto with Mushrooms
Farro is worth picking up if you see some, it has a nutty deeply savoury taste that I just loved. This was my first time cooking farro, but not the last. Maybe in time it will become more easily available.

Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta
A really fast weeknight supper this one, I’ve made this a good few times now, but always with chicken stock instead of water.

Iced Berries with Limoncello White Chocolate Sauce
Boozey, creamy and not overly sweet, very pretty too.

Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto
What a delightful combination this is, a special way with green beans.

Cappuccino Pavlova
This was a good pavlova, a bit different with the coffee and no fruit. I used grated chocolate instead of cocoa powder for the top. I used decaf, and we thought it worked well.

Romanesco with Rosemary, Garlic, Lemon and Peccorrino
Another new edible here for me, I happened upon romanesco at a deli not so far from me, and I’m so glad I bought some. It seems to take the best parts of broccoli and cauliflower together and it’s a great vegetable. Of course it’s stunning good looks helps too! Another lovely veggie dish from Nigella.

Chocolate Nougat Cookies
Now, Nigella suggests to use nougat or white chocolate chips for the add-ins to these chocolate cookies. I couldn’t decide, so used half of each. These were yummy. The nougat goes crispy.

Chocolate Salame
I like refrigerator cakes, and also chocolate salamis. I’ve tried a number of chocolate salami recipes, but this one is easily the nicest I’ve made. It positively melts in the mouth with a warm cup of coffee. On the Nigellissima Christmas Special the bit at the end shows Nigella with a fit of the giggles when making this, there is something comical about shaping it, I was giggling too! This one has raw eggs in it, so do be aware of that.

Italian Christmas Pudding Cake
This one is like a trifle in cake form. I had the Tuaca (plus Marsala) suggested for the recipe, and a lovely liqueur it is too. I didn’t use the Italian breads suggested, as they are both yeasted (I’m allergic to yeast) so used a light vanilla cake instead. I forgot to remove some of the creamy mixture for the top layer before folding in the bits and pieces (duh!), so sprinkled the top with chocolate flakes instead of more chocolate chips. Also I had a couple of candied chestnuts left so sprinkled them over as well.

Well this is my last post for 2012, this year has had many ups and downs for so many people, me included, so here’s to an even better 2013. Happy New Year.

Next Up: Pig Cooking with a Passion For Pork by Johnnie Mountain


manu said...

Mhhh everything looks delicious!!
Happy New Year!

Miss C Flash said...

I really like your capuchinno pavlova. Looks beautiful x

The Beach Hut Cook said...

I have found Nigella' pavlova recipe to be the best of all. I am definitely going to try the coffee version. Happy New Year

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for sharing your cooking and baking experiences with us over the time, dear Kelly-Jane. It is always entertaining to visit your blog :-) . May the new year be good to you and yours! A Happy, Healthy New Year with love and laughter,

Nanette XXX

Katherine said...

Happy 2013 Kelly Jane and thanks so much for all the great posts!!

Maggie said...

Happy New Year! I must confess I have yet to look at this book and after seeing your posting know 'the time has come'.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said... had a very productive 2012! Everything looks soooo good. But that cappucino pavlova has my name on it! Fabulous! : )

Kelly-Jane said...

Thanks for your comments. :)