Nigella Express: Good Food, Fast

Nigella Express: Good Food, Fast

by Nigella Lawson
     
 

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The Domestic Goddess is back—and this time it's instant. Nigella and her style of cooking have earned a special place in our lives, symbolizing all that is best, most pleasurable, most hands-on, and least fussy about good food. But that doesn't mean she wants us to spend hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove.

Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious

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Overview

The Domestic Goddess is back—and this time it's instant. Nigella and her style of cooking have earned a special place in our lives, symbolizing all that is best, most pleasurable, most hands-on, and least fussy about good food. But that doesn't mean she wants us to spend hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove.

Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious shortcuts, terrific time-saving ideas, effortless entertaining tips, and simple, scrumptious meals, Nigella Express is her solution to eating well when time is short. Here are mouthwatering meals, quick to prepare and easy to follow, that you can conjure up after a day in the office or on a busy weekend for family or unexpected guests. This is food you can make as you hit the kitchen running, with vital advice on how to keep your pantry stocked and your freezer and fridge stacked. When time is precious, you can't spend hours shopping, so you need to make life easier by being prepared. Not that these recipes are basic—though they are always simple—but it's important to make every ingredient earn its place, minimizing effort by maximizing taste. Here too is great food that can be prepared quickly but cooked slowly in the oven, leaving you time to have a bath, a drink, talk to friends, or help the children with their homework—minimum stress for maximum enjoyment . . .

Nigella Express features a new generation of fast food—never basic, never dull, always doable, quick, and delicious.

Featuring recipes seen on Food Network's Nigella Express series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401322434
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
389,242
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

Roquamole
I have practically had to sit on my hands to stop myself writing about this before now. Now, naturally I know Roquefort does not come from Mexico, but because it melds deliciously with avocado I couldn't resist; I hope you won't be able to, either. And although I have called this incredible dip roquamole, I think it may be better made with a less illustrious bleu. Saint Agur out of a wedge-shaped package is the cheese I keep in the fridge so that I am ever-ready to make this.

You don't need to serve blue corn tortilla chips with this; you don't have to serve any kind of tortilla chip with this, though both do add to the luscious eat-me quality here. But I'm also very keen on a huge platter of dippable bits: radishes, carrot batons, sugar snaps, you name it.

For me, this can be a dip with drinks, a quick treat for lunch, or a greedy solitary dinner. The only meal I've yet to eat it at is breakfast. I think it's just a question of time …

1 cup crumbled Roquefort or Saint
2 tablespoons finely sliced scallions
Agur blue cheese
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup sour cream
large bag of blue corn tortilla chips
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup sliced pickled green jalapeños from a jar

1. Crumble or mash the blue cheese with the sour cream in a bowl.
2. Mash in the avocados. If they are ripe, a fork should be all you need.
3. Roughly chop the sliced jalapeños and stir them into the mixture along with the finely sliced scallions.
4. Arrange in the center of a plate or dish, dust with paprika, and surround with tortilla chips. Dive in.
Serves 4-6

Chocolate Mint Cookies
This is my version of after-dinner mints: Dispense with dessert and bring out a plate of minty-breathed chocolate cookies with coffee and tisanes instead.

These don't take long to make up and bake, and I can't tell you how lovely it is to be able to open the door to people with the smell of their baking oozing welcomingly out in the evening air.

3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa, sifted
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/4 teaspoon peppermint flavoring

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Cream the sugar and butter (I use a freestanding mixer for ease), then beat in the egg and vanilla.
3. Mix the flour, cocoa, and baking powder in a bowl, and gradually beat into the creamed mixture. Finally, fold in the chips.
4. Using a rounded tablespoon measure, spoon out scoops of cookie dough and place on baking sheets lined with baking parchment or Silpat, leaving a little space in between each one.
5. Bake for 12 minutes and then let them sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before moving them to a cooling rack, with some newspaper on the surface underneath.
6. Put the glaze ingredients into a saucepan and heat until combined together. Let cool completely before using.
7. Using a teaspoon, zigzag the glaze over each cooling cookie.
Makes 24

Excerpted from NIGELLA EXPRESS by NIGELLA LAWSON. Copyright (c) 2007 NIGELLA LAWSON. All rights reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

Nigella Lawson is the author of How to Eat, How to Be a Domestic Goddess (for which she won the British Author of the Year Award), Nigella Bites, Forever Summer, and Feast. She has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, and many other publications. She lives in London with her two children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
January 6, 1960
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Oxford University, 1979
Website:
http://www.stylenetwork.com/Shows/Nigella/

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