Tag Archives: Nigella Lawson

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Despite my mother’s best efforts to inflict the dreaded Michael Buble on me, there is only one Christmas CD that is acceptable in my house:  A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.  While I do not like the man … Continue reading

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Chilli Non Carne

According to a survey by Morrisons, most British households cook the same 5 dishes on a regular basis and just rotate them.  When I was a child, chilli con carne was definitely one of ours.  I had no idea what … Continue reading

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Mushroom Ragout

As the children of Hong Kong have been making their way back to school in the last two weeks, it has become increasingly common to see small children in their brand new uniforms throwing tantrums and having meltdowns as they … Continue reading

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Blackberry Crumble

Apparently, so the radio reliably informs me, the 3 meals per day structure is in decline, especially in terms of a sit-down, family meal.  When I was a child we always had our evening meal around the table as a family, and it’s … Continue reading

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Bangers, Mash & Gravy

I’ve mentioned before my fondness for the so-called ‘Hallmark’ holidays – I aim to show my loved ones that I love them as frequently as possible, but it doesn’t hurt to have a special day to celebrate that love, does … Continue reading

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Orange Breakfast Muffins

I have a spring in my step and a smile on my face these days – after some tough times last year, I feel contented, confident and carefree again.  I suspect the source of my happiness is not these baked goods … Continue reading

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Christmas Snowflakes

For the last two weeks my Facebook news feed seems to have been full of pictures of Christmas trees.  It’s not fair!  If I can’t have a tree until I get home to Manchester, then nor should anyone else.  (Though happily, … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Muffins

I’m a forward planner.  I like to know what I’m doing and where I’m going at all times.  And I love Christmas more than anything, so I generally start planning for it in the early summer, picking up little stocking … Continue reading

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Nigella’s Buche de Noel

A yule log, to you and me, but Nigella has that habit of taking fairly normal food and making it seem ten times more glamorous, either with an exotic foreign name or an expensive secret ingredient.  I don’t think this yule … Continue reading

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Coconut Macaroons

Not to be confused with the fancy French macaron, these beasts are big, warm and tasty.  For me they are very festive – one of the highlights of the Manchester Christmas markets, which opened on Saturday, is the macaroon stand. I just … Continue reading

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