In my book Simply Nigella, I had a chapter called Breathe, dedicated to the sort of food that takes a long time to cook, but on eating, gives instant succour at the table, and, more importantly for me, the sort of food that is as comforting to cook as to eat. So I’m very happy to have a whole book on this subject. Slow: Food Worth Taking Time Over by Gizzi Erskine is my favourite of her books so far, and it is just what you need in these winter months. I’m looking forward to vats of Aligot - think something between cheese sauce and mashed potatoes! - Oxtail Stewed with Wine and Beer, Chicory, Ham and Parmesan Gratin, and I’ve earmarked the Flageolet, Anchovy, Rosemary and Garlic Gratin too. But the recipe I had to bring you today is the essence of what this sort of cooking is about for me: Lamb Hotpot, slow-stewed meat in rich gravy topped with slices of potato. It warms me just to think of it!
Recipe taken from SLOW by Gizzi Erskine (£25, HQ).
Photography © Issy Croker, 2018