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Valentine's Menu Ideas Recipes

We've got lots of recipes to help you out this Valentine's Day. For those looking to make a good impression, we've got Goujons of Sole with Dill Mayonnaise, Scallops On The Shell, and Chicken Schnitzel With Bacon and White Wine. If it's more comforting fare you are after, how about Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pies, or Mustard Pork Chops? And who could resist the temptations of a bowl of silky pasta - Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, or Linguine With Mussels? And not forgetting dessert of course - Figs For A Thousand And One Nights or Crepes Suzette? How about a cocktail to start? Nigella's Salted Caramel Martini would be spot-on!

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

I like to use fusilli lunghi, which are like long golden ringlets (or, less poetically, telephone cords) but, if you can't find them,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

I don't suppose this is ever going to win plaudits from the World Health Organisation, but a cheese fondue is surely the stuff of…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12 love buns

In another time I'd have been satisfied with calling these Valentine's Day Cupcakes but, as the saying goes, if you're going to get…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 16, enough for 3 people

Goujons have fallen from grace, but it is hard to work out why. The crunch of the breadcrumb casing, the tender, yielding softness…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

This is it - summer on a plate. Most days I take the view that cooking fruit rather loses the point of its delectable freshness, but…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

These are those thick, spongy American pancakes that are often eaten with warm maple syrup and crisp fried bacon. I love them with…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

Liquorice is one of the signature tastes of Italy. As this is an ingredient that divides people viscerally, I've made it just for…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

One of the loveliest puddings, if it quite counts as that, to order in restaurants in Tuscany, is a glass of vin santo, that resinous,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

We are in rose-tinted heaven here: the pink glint of the red mullet's skin flashes like a Barbie-mermaid's tail against a salad of…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12 croissants

First, let me say that if I can do this, you can. As I have never tried to hide, I have no patience and even less dexterity. But this…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

Of course, I'm tempted to do a gammon steak with pineapple, and I wouldn't begin to stop you, but I think parsley is really the key…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

This is a reworking of my grandmother's Barbados creams: we're going the way of the coconut and the banana. It's scarcely a fancy…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 18 mini pavs

Because of the fruit - and the cream, for that matter - these are not cheap to make, but I always have a stash of egg whites in my…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4 very lucky people

This is the ultimate ice cream sundae. Obviously, if you're not a peanut-eater, it won't be for you, but for everyone else it is the…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 1

Salted caramel is not just for eating....Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

You might think that no recipe could live up to this title. It's a reasonable presumption, but thank God, a wrong one. This is heaven…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

No one does lamb cutlets better than the Italians and this recipe, which comes to me by way of the great Anna Del Conte, is a case…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

You just cannot beat a pav in summer, and in particular this dark beauty. The crisp and chewy chocolate meringue base, rich in cocoa…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

For obvious reasons, this is known chez moi as pig and fig, and in many ways the combination is a seasonal and wintery version of…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 5

This weekend breakfast favourite can, frankly, be eaten at any time of the day with equal relish and has also in its favour that children…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

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

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

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

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4 as a main, 8 as a starter

I've long been a fan of scallops with bacon, and scallops with chilli, and this is my combination of the two, using chorizo - the…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

This must be the fastest way there is to create a culinary sensation. You do scarcely a thing - just dibble some salmon steaks in…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

Syllabub is one of those ethereal, dreamy confections which seem at odds with the description 'pudding'. But this scented, whipped…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 24

I first made these cupcakes at the request of my step-daughter Phoebe, a good few years ago, but such was their popularity chez moi…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

I think spaghetti carbonara is what Meryl Streep cooks for Jack Nicholson in the film version of one of my favourite books, "Heartburn",…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

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

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

Some say, challenging more generally accepted ideas about the provenance, that tiramisu was invented in a casa chiusa (a house of…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

Buying the fondue set was my first mistake... Photo by James Merrell.Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 12 cookies

Along with chocolate, there is much comfort to be gleaned from reading cookbooks. This recipe combines two loves by being chocolatey…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

We're talking pure, all-encompassing bliss. When you eat this cooled, it is like chocolate satin cream and almost shocking in its…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

You might label this shiny black musselled variation of linguine alle vongole, linguine alle cozze, but to be frank, this version…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

This is possibly the easiest route to a proper, filling and yet strangely delicate dinner.  The pork is cooked just enough time…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

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

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8

It's not hard to think of a pudding that can be made in advance. But mostly the advantage is simply that all the effort is upfront…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 25

These are breakfast pancakes summer-style, ridiculously light, and lemony somehow even without the addition of lemon. If you imagine…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

Although this recipe does not itself issue from Italy, the inspiration is entirely Italian. One of my favourite things to eat is a…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-10

So much in cooking, as in the rest of life I suppose, is about contrast, about balance. Here the acerbic fragrance of the passionfruit…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 64 pieces of rich fudge

I am willing to believe that a confectioner wouldn't call this proper fudge, but it tastes divine, and you won't need a sugar thermometer…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

I like my salmon almost sushi-coral and cooked for two minutes a side, but if you want yours less pink, then cook for three to four…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

This is probably the queen of retro desserts and deservedly so. My version is a speeded-up and simplified one by virtue of using shop-bought…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 20 pancakes

Don't think breakfast pancakes, but rather a dreamy, light, aromatic and sweet pudding, slicked with orange-flower syrup and nubbled…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

Forgive the tweeness of the title, but this is a soup of such sunny, mood-enhancing yellowness that it overcomes even the most pervasively…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes eight 150ml / 6oz glasses

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

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

These are the acceptable face of culinary cute: their intensity guarantees the triumph of chic over prettiness. And, what's more,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 33 fingers

I know that biscuits sound like the sort of cooking someone else does, but you need never have baked anything ever in your life to…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 12 pancakes

It has been impossible not to notice the growing popularity for that classic of the American South (a region I have a culinary fondness…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes approx. 10 skewers

I find fresh horseradish easy to come by these days but, if you don't, add the same amount of hot horseradish cream or sauce from…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

Like all old favourites, this changes pretty well every time I cook it. Sometimes I use the sake, both in the marinade and the fluid…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2 as main, 4 as starter

Strange though it might sound, this is another of my supper-standbys. I keep the frozen squid in the deep freeze, taking it out in…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 16 brownies

I haven’t originated the pairing of bacon and chocolate; my introduction to it came via Vosges-Chocolat Mo’s Bacon Bar,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

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

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

When I was a child, steak houses always had something called minute steak - as in minnit - on the menu, economically attractive portions…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

Not being a vegetarian, I have a rather indelicate lack of faith in meatless main courses; I worry all too readily about whether I's…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

This is so simple - scarcely a recipe really - but so good. Unless you get figs straight from the tree they sometimes need the blistering…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

This is a cinch to make, and easy-easy-easy to eat. If you want to serve it in glasses with rims dipped in sugar and salt, by all…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

I love the sort of dinner that you cook without any special effort but without sacrificing gratification. That's the thing really:…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 1

You don't actually need to have a hangover to enjoy this for breakfast (or anytime), but there is something about this easy and quick…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 30 baci

I don't deny that having to stand stoveside frying 30 teaspoons of ricotta at the end of dinner is a slight drawback, but these are…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

This is one of my favourite special suppers, and it's a fantastic way of making the treat of a steak go a lot further. Photo by James…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

I am fully expecting a phone call from the 1980s asking for its menu back, but in my defence this is simple, superfast (to prepare)…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

If ever you've - lazily, guiltily - bought ready-peeled, sliced, cubed fruit from the supermarket, and then wondered why you bothered,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6-8

Let joy be unconfined.  This is one of the most irresistible puddings I think I have ever made, and I did it by no more than…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

My weaknesses are mainly savoury - think salt and vinegar crisps or cheese and biscuits - but there are times when only a doughnut…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

Well, how could I resist this translation of pasta alla puttanesca, whore's pasta as it usually is described in English? The general…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

This is one of my proudest creations and, I suppose, a good example of a recipe that isn't originally from Italy, but sits uncontroversially…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

This is not only the best way to start the day, but the best way to end it, too. You can make it even more of a meal by serving some…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

These uplifting, citrusy beauties are a quick-time, short-cut version of the traditional English canary pudding: instead of being…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 1

To make this hot chocolate you will need to have prepared my Salted Caramel Sauce.Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

This is another one of those salads that my husband doesn't notice is a salad and that we eat fairly often at home. Now that I can…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4

This is one of those fast and easy suppers that makes you - and whoever else is eating it - purr with delight. Photo by Lis Parsons.Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6

I can't quite believe how simple yet luscious these are. I prefer to get my scallops from the fishmonger for this, which is just as…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6 as a starter, 4 as a main

You know, I'd eaten this a couple of times and made it myself (throwing in handfuls of peppery watercress as I did so) a few more…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

I love the bouncy sweetness of scallops and, although you might think the equal sweetness of the peas would be too much alongside,…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 2

Even the word pie is comforting. But then, it would be hard to deny the very real lure of pastry, especially when, as here, you know…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 3-6

Something that is served, from California to Tuscany, as an evening savoury or appetizer may not seem an obvious choice for breakfast,…Read on

Posted by belgrade      Serves 2

Smells of summer on your plate.Read on

Posted by PartyDelicious      Serves 4

A lovely dessert for you who is a true sweet tooth and also for you who enjoy something which is delightful and refreshing.Read on

Posted by pdthree      Serves 0

This is a delicious strawberry sauce that will make your guests forget about chocolate. It goes down very smoothly and all of a sudden…Read on

Posted by Britt Jamar      Serves 2

This recipe is a golden one! I got it from a very dear friend of the family in Bologna. I gave it my own touch and filled many friends…Read on

Posted by burnt fingers      Serves 2

This is for a special occasion, an anniversary, or something you choose to remember!Read on

Posted by pitto      Serves 3-4

This is a vegetarian dish that can be eaten on its own or put with fish or meat.Read on

Posted by crouchcat      Serves 6-8

Indulgent boozy dessert.Read on

Posted by leiladukes      Serves 4

A vegetarian dish so rich and tasty, even self-confessed carnivores won't miss the meat! So simple to make, can turn a pile of skanky,…Read on

Posted by Trkishdelight      Serves 1

I had this in Cyprus, it takes 3 mins and all you need is olive oil, egg and lemon! Its nice to mop up the yolk with bread. Try frying/grilling…Read on

Posted by sanfranciscogirl      Serves -

Well, I am from California and vegetarian and Mexican food are a staple here. Here is one of my favorite combos of the two foods.…Read on

Posted by Squishy      Serves 50

Yummy little cookies.Read on

Posted by Community      Serves 6-8

This is another version of the famous "Torta Caprese", a cake made with chocolate and almonds from Capri island: it's less sweet and…Read on

Posted by Angel19      Serves 0

These are so simple to make and you will have all your friends asking for the recipe. The recipe is so versatile that you can use…Read on

Posted by fiesta      Serves 6

I found this in a magazine I was reading.I thought it will be great for those who want a simple recipe on sweet and great tasting…Read on

Posted by DeepaJain      Serves 2

I saw this recipe Lamb, olive and caramelised onion tagine on Nigella express on Discovery Travel and living. I am a vegetarian and…Read on

Posted by mounty      Serves 6

Part of my family is descended from the Dutch settlers in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), known as the Burghers. This is one of the favourite…Read on

Posted by OCDcook273      Serves 2

The perfect weekend lazy breakfast or brunch even, as it's filling enough to last to dinnertime with maybe some fresh fruit for lunch…Read on

Posted by etoile      Serves 2

You could make this in a bowl and then pour the batter into microwave-proof dishes/mugs or you can halve the ingredients into each…Read on

Posted by Raha Lane      Serves 12

My guests call it, "heavenly scented", I call it "quick and delicious" breakfast, ideal for tea time or late night supper on summer…Read on

Posted by SAFruitCake      Serves 6-10

I have tried this once and the kids want it every weekend now!Read on

Posted by annwip      Serves 1

This is a proper maincourse for vegetarians and extremely simple to prepare - takes 10 minutes, do it in advance, stick it in the…Read on

Posted by MonicaLee      Serves 12

I made these muffins without thought. Just a search through the pantry and took out what was needed. It turned out really nice! The…Read on

Posted by PeteC62      Makes 18-20

Based on the Sambuca kisses in "Nigellissima" but adapted to what I had in one Sunday morning when I fancied a more luxurious breakfast.Read on

How about a special Valentine's Day breakfast for your loved ones?