All the Pepper Jelly talk in Kitchen Goddess gave me a hankering for some of Nigella's Chilli Jam. So I made a batch over the weekend. I've never made anything like this before because, well, I'm lazy and I assumed it would take all day. But it was dead easy and so delicious. Here's how you do it.
Even if you had pork chops and salad last night, it's still possible to enliven your palate with a new variation on the same standard. Stretch your dollar (and your resourcefulness) by using leftover bone-in pork chops.
Encrust them with a hefty smattering of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese for a satisfying crunch. Complete the meal with a spinach and tomato salad tossed in garlicky vinaigrette. See the recipe when you read more
For their Halloween special last Friday, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa dressed up in fourteen different costumes, four of which included celebrity chefs. Regis yelled at the audience as Gordon Ramsay while Ripa's Paula Deen munched on a butter kabob that she washed down with a glass of oil. The real Guy Fieri showed up to cook a flank steak with the "chefs." Later Kelly licked chocolate from a bowl as Nigella Lawson and Regis overused the word "Bam" pretending to be Emeril Lagasse. The funny show demonstrates that the popularity and success of celebrity chefsdom is still on the rise. Check out the clip below!
When planning a menu for a Halloween dinner, choose festive dishes that are creative, but not too childish. Have an oozing, baked brie waiting for guests to arrive. Serve the brie with crisp pretzels shaped to look like fingers and toes. A molded shrimp cocktail that resembles a scary cerebrum will jump start conversation. For the main course, offer a gooey slime soup and crisp pumpkin polenta salad. Although most of the dishes are vegetarian, the menu is filling, balanced, and delicious.
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On Friday, I caught a quick glimpse of Nigella Lawson on the Today show. She featured a Fall fruit fondue recipe so delicious looking I had to try it! Seasonal fruit (apples and pears) served with a delectable caramel fondue make for a simple but stunning dessert. This unconventional caramel sauce is quick, easy, and doesn't require sugar chemistry knowledge or a candy thermometer!
All of the ingredients are kitchen staples except for the golden syrup. Since I was unable to find this common British product, I substituted a mixture of corn syrup and molasses.
Don't be disappointed if initially the cooked sugar and butter have a grainy consistency. Once the cream is added the caramel's texture will become smooth, rich, and sheeny. To try something new with fondue, read more
Like Rachael Ray's garbage bowl, the shape and form of these salt and pepper shakers ($19.95) are instantly recognizable thanks to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. On her shows, Lawson uses a variety of whimsical and unique cooking tools, such as her mezzaluna or handle-less salad tongs. Naturally all of these products are available to the public at the Food Network store.
I like how they're holders rather than shakers, but can't help but wonder if it's all a marketing scheme. Does Nigella really use a similar product in her home? Thoughts?
When I think of soup, I usually think of heavy, time-consuming recipes. You know, the sort of thing that sits on your stove all day building layers of flavor upon itself.
So when I saw TeamSugar member celebrity_soup's recipe in the Kitchen Goddess group, I was immediately intrigued. The soup is Nigella Lawson's "Light 'n' Tasty" soup, and it comes together in a few minutes. It's perfect for a quick lunch or a fast dinner. The best part is that it's also rather adaptable. Don't like bok choy? Replace it with broccoli. Don't have sprouts on hand? Just omit! To see the simple yet versatile recipe, read more
A wire whisk is one of my favorite kitchen tools because it's incredibly versatile, necessary, and makes all sorts of delicious things. Recently I've noticed a growing trend in alternative whisk styles, so I asked you to help me bookmark them in the Yum Market on TeamSugar. You looked for whisks that are functional and made from a variety of materials. The one I am most eager to experiment with is Nigella Lawson's bliss whisk. It must make astonishingly emulsified vinaigrettes and incredible sauces. According to marcella — who saved the whisk — it's also easy to clean. She whisks it in warm, soapy water and voila, clean whisk! To look at all of the whisks, browse below.
Nigella's Down Under Ahead of Next Week's Nibbies
Lovely Nigella Lawson was Down Under yesterday, signing copies of her book Nigella Express at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. We'll see how popular her book is when the winners of the Galaxy British Book Awards are announced next week, as Nigella Express is up for the Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award.