“Indian-Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake” from “At My Table”

Kirstin: This doesn’t sound like much. You know, another traybake, another chicken recipe. But it is so much more than that. The potatoes and chicken are tossed and coated with an aromatic concoction of delicious spices before being roasted for an hour; it’s deceptively simple and yet everything about this recipe is perfect. Plus it worked. First time. Which is always a bonus. Miles told me that he loved my cooking as I put this on the table, so I’m going to thank Nigella for making one boy (and his mother) very happy. It tasted wonderful and will definitely, definitely, definitely be made again. Lots, I hope!

Also can I just say how I feel bad that Nigella’s books always come out in the autumn and I always end up taking pictures of her recipes in the dark. Because they deserve so much more. I’m going to have to make one of her cakes and take pictures of it in the daytime. I love a challenge!

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“Indian-Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake” from “At My Table”

“Fish tacos” from “Simply Nigella”

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Kirstin: I’ve always looked at the fish tacos recipe in Gwyneth’s book but never made it. So when I saw Nigella had done a version, I was totally up for it. There’s a little bit of faffing as you have to get a variety of small dishes ready for this, but it was totally worth it. If nothing else, for the mayonnaise/hot sauce which was divine. I would definitely consider making this again, maybe for an easy lunch with friends as things can easily be prepared beforehand.

“Fish tacos” from “Simply Nigella”

“Italian Traybake” from “Nigellissima”

If you want to try this yourself, click through on this sentence for a copy of the recipe from the Daily Mail.

Maureen: What did everyone think?

Andrew (13): It was OK.

Nicholas: I think it was one of the best things I’ve ever had!

Tim: What did you like about it?

Nicholas: I liked the chicken, and the potatoes and the broccoli.

Tim: The broccoli was on the side and doesn’t really count for these purposes, but OK. You didn’t like the sausages?

Nicholas: No. They were tough.

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“Italian Traybake” from “Nigellissima”

“Pasta with Mackerel, Marsala and Pine nuts” from “Nigellissima”

Peter: This is very sweet for a pasta.

Anna: Did you not think that the saltiness of the capers and the mackerel off-set the sweetness?

Peter: I guess so. It was nice because mackerel can be quite a strong flavour and this combination of ingredients tempered it.

Anna: Well you know how much I love salty and sweet combos, so I have to say that I’m a fan of this recipe. And it was very quick and easy, just as Nigella said it would be.

Peter: I like a good bit of mackerel too, so I’m happy to have it again.

Anna: That’s good then, as I’m already planning when we’re next going to have it!

If you would like to try this recipe for yourself click here.

“Pasta with Mackerel, Marsala and Pine nuts” from “Nigellissima”

The Ultimate English Sunday Lunch for Eight to Ten; The Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, Cauliflower Cheese and Roast Potatoes

Tom: Well, I can’t believe how little you have to do to cook that. You just bung the beef in the oven for a couple of hours. You didn’t even season it, right?

Kirstin: No, I didn’t. Should I have?

Tom: And the outside was all crunchy and charred, while the inside was wonderfully rare. It was great!

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The Ultimate English Sunday Lunch for Eight to Ten; The Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, Cauliflower Cheese and Roast Potatoes