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Recipes featured in NIGELLA BITES

AMERICAN PANCAKES WITH WAFER BACON AND MAPLE SYRUP

While American pancakes with syrup are undeniably a supermom-with-kids breakfast cliche, they are also undeniably good, and in my… Read on

APPLE AND BLACKBERRY KUCHEN

Kuchen may be simply "cake" in German, but what it means in America, taken there by German refugees, is a sweet, but not too sweet,… Read on

AROMATIC LAMB SHANK STEW

As with all stews, this is even better made in advance and reheated; for me, this only makes things easier. Photo by Francesca Yorke. Read on

ASIAN-SPICED KEDGEREE

Kedgeree started life, in India, as a dish of lentils and rice and then, translated into the kitchens of what could be called the… Read on

Bagna Cauda

BAR NUTS

You might think that nuts, untampered with, are perfect picking food as they are, and up to a point you'd be right. But try these,… Read on

Bloody Mary - A Jugful

Bream With Anchovies And Thyme

Chick Peas With Chilli, Garlic And Thyme

Chicken Soup And Kneidlach

CHICKEN WITH CHORIZO AND CANNELLINI BEANS

This may sound a kind of fancy thing to be making at the end of a working day, but it is fabulously easy, fabulously quick and everything… Read on

CHOCOLATE CHESTNUT REFRIGERATOR CAKE

This is another of my maternal grandmother's recipes. I've changed it a bit, not least substituting dark rum for her juice and zest… Read on

CHOCOLATE CLOUD CAKE

On days when I want the warmth of the hearth rather than the hurly burly of the city streets I stay in and read cookery books, and… Read on

CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE

This is the sort of cake you'd want to eat the whole of when you'd been chucked. But even the sight of it, proud and tall and thickly… Read on

Chocolate Ganache

CHOCOLATE LIME CHEESECAKE

My inspiration here was a sweet - those chocolate limes I ate in my childhood. The base is rich and dark and perfectly counters the… Read on

Chocolate Pots

Cornbread-On-The-Cob

Couscous Salad

CREAMY POTATO GRATIN

My not entirely orthodox way of turning out this otherwise classic dish of cream-softened potatoes has a lot going for it. Photo by… Read on

CREME BRULEE

The first thing you should know about creme brulee is that it's not hard to make. And few puddings are as voluptuously, seductively… Read on

Custard

Deep-Fried Bounties With Pineapple

EASY STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

This is just what you want for a Sunday lunch, cosy and comforting and indulgent. You might need a brisk walk afterwards! Photo by… Read on

EGYPTIAN TOMATO SALAD

I found this salad in a lovely little book - 'a memoir with recipes' - called Apricots on the Nile, by Colette Rossant. And although… Read on

ELVIS PRESLEY'S FRIED PEANUT-BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICH

Let's not mess around: you want trashy, I'll give you trashy - I'll give you the King. This recipe, for want of a better word, comes… Read on

GINGERY HOT DUCK SALAD

This recipe is a slight reworking of a Cambodian beef salad I often make; here the lime juice in the steeping mixture (which turns… Read on

Granny Lawson's Lunch Dish

Green Coriander Chutney

HALLOUMI WITH CHILLI

I love the punchy saltiness of halloumi and find it an invaluable standby, since it can be kept in its pack in the fridge for months.… Read on

HAM IN COCA COLA

Only those who have never tried this raise an eyebrow at the idea. Don't hesitate, don't be anxious: this really works. No one who… Read on

HOT AND SOUR SOUP

I know that for some people nothing feels more restoring than something warm and unchallengingly bland, but when it's succour and… Read on

ITALIAN SAUSAGES WITH LENTILS

My mother used English sausages mostly, and those flat, sludgy lentils (Puy lentils weren't so easily available then) but this is… Read on

LEMON RISOTTO

This is comfort food on so many levels. For one, risotto has to be one of the most comforting things to eat ever. What's more, although… Read on

Lilac- Or Chocolate-Topped Cupcakes

LINGUINE WITH GARLIC OIL AND PANCETTA

Three ingredients: one great supper. I like this greedily mounded in a bowl and taken up to bed to be eaten, or rather shovelled in,… Read on

Liptauer

MASALA OMELETTE

Feel free to add ingredients: grated ginger is good, as is chopped fresh mint or, indeed, dried. You can eat this, flat on the plate,… Read on

Mashed Potato

MOZZARELLA IN CARROZZA

This is Italian food before Tuscan rustic chic. The 'in carrozza' bit means 'in a carriage' and doesn't really explain what this golden-crusted… Read on

MY GRANDMOTHER'S GINGER JAM BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING

This is the wholesome, comforting version of a trad English (white) bread and butter pudding that my maternal grandmother always made.… Read on

NO-CHURN BITTER ORANGE ICE CREAM

I first made this with Seville oranges, but since these are available only in January here, it would be unhelpfully restricting to… Read on

Orange Breakfast Muffins

Pasta

PASTA E FAGIOLI

This is a real rib-sticker of a soup. Photo by Francesca Yorke. Read on

Pasta With Meatballs

Peaches And Blueberries

PEPPERS WITH FETA AND ALMONDS

This is really a vegetarian take on that classic combination of charred, peeled peppers and anchovies. This pepper and feta combo,… Read on

Pigs In Blankets

Prairie Oyster

Rainy-Day Biscuits

RASPBERRY AND LEMONGRASS TRIFLE

I should say that I first had the idea when making a syrup with lemon balm for some jelly. If you've got a garden, this is easy to… Read on

SALMON FISHCAKES

The reason I use matzo meal rather than breadcrumbs is that I find bought breadcrumbs horrible and I am presuming that for an undemanding… Read on

Salmon With Ginger, Soy And Rice Vinegar

SALMON WITH GREENS AND SHITAKE MUSHROOMS

My templefood days do not consist of fey picking: this is gratifyingly substantial. In order to enjoy it you don't have to know that… Read on

SALT AND PEPPER SQUID

This is unexpectedly easy to shop for as well as easy to cook. Baby squid (better here than tougher, grown-up, windsock-sized ones)… Read on

Slow-Roasted Aromatic Shoulder Of Pork

Soft And Sharp Involtini

Soft-Boiled Eggs With Asparagus Soldiers

Southern-Style Chicken

Stir-Braised Savoy Cabbage With Nigella Seeds

Stovetop Rice Pudding For Emergencies

Sweetcorn Pudding

THAI YELLOW PUMPKIN AND SEAFOOD CURRY

It's a good idea to have something up your sleeve that you can cook quickly, and simply, when you've got friends coming over to supper… Read on

TURKISH DELIGHT SYLLABUB

This hasn't got the temple-aching sweetness of Turkish Delight, nor its palate-cleaving glutinousness, but rather it is a cloud-light… Read on

VIETNAMESE CHICKEN AND MINT SALAD

Since it's easy to buy chicken breast ready-cooked, that's what I generally use, but obviously if you've got a leftover chicken in… Read on

WARM SHREDDED LAMB SALAD WITH MINT AND POMEGRANATE

You do need to serve this lamb salad warm rather than cold (a bit of fat provides flavoursome lubrication at anything above room temperature;… Read on

Watermelon Daiquiri

Welsh-Rarebit Muffins

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