Yes! Yes! Yes! This was absolutely wonderful in every way, if just a little bit time-consuming to make. The two kinds of rice complimented one another beautifully. And the chicken and fennel was a winner too. The mustard and orange added a little something special to the mix. Would I make this again? Oh most definitely. I might even make more so we could all have a little more because it was so yummy!
Kirstin: I love the smell of oranges being boiled for a few hours.
Tom: Me too!
Kirstin: And the syrup really makes this cake super tasty and moist.
Tom: And no flour too.
Kirstin: I previously used a recipe for an orange flourless cake from Nigella. I won’t be using it any more; I think this recipe is much better.
Jen: That was an epic meal! Epic beef!
Kirstin: That was bloody good, that was. We cook this every New Year’s. I usually make gravlax too, but none tonight, again using a Nigella recipe. I even found the Ella’s hand drawn menu for last year’s celebration. Oh how I love this book.
Anna: You know, this reminds me of the sort of cake you’d get at a village fair, with a cup of tea for a £1. All proceeds to the NSPCC or something.
Kirstin: What, you mean a BRITISH village fair?
Kirstin: That sort that you got during the War, in Downton Abbey? For cheering up the troops? Did Mrs Patmore make it?
Anna: Daisy made it. She wept into the batter as she thought of our William at the Front. Surrounded by Germans one minute, back in Downton the next.
Kirstin: But she doesn’t love William! Or… does… she??!!
Anna: So, we’re agreed then. This cake is as British as Downton Abbey.
Kirstin: And possibly a little bit drier than it could be. I feel it should be moister.
Anna: Just living up to its wartime village fete image then. Haven’t you heard of rationing?
Andrew (11): What’s in this? I’m not sure I like it.
Maureen: It’s chocolate and marmalade. It’s like a fancy jaffa cake.
Andrew: Oh, OK. I take it back and say it was brilliant.
Nicholas (8): This was really good.
Maureen: What did you like about it?
Nicholas: I liked the chocolate flavour.
Noah: I liked it! It had a nice [inaudible] flavour.
Maureen: Sorry. What was that? Tasty? Chocolately? Orangey?
Kirstin: I like chorizo, and this looked quite easy. We were supposed to be going for a walk today, and it looked as though I’d be able to rustle this up quite easily afterwards. But it rained so we didn’t go for our walk.
Viv: Nigella used to have nicotine-stained teeth.
Nancy (looking at Nigella’s picture on front of book): Obviously her teeth have been whitened. And filed. And capped!
Viv: They have *so* obviously been capped.
Toby: They could have been Photoshopped!
Tom: Well, what about the food? What do you all think?
Viv: It was good! I’m going to do that one. It was a good tray meal. But I’d say more orange, more onion, more oregano. I could smell the orange when it was cooking.
Tom: I didn’t realise there was orange.
Nancy: I can really taste the orange, but I make an orange and chorizo dish, and it’s a traditional combination.