Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners--Easy, Delectable Recipes for Any Occasion

Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners--Easy, Delectable Recipes for Any Occasion


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786868698
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/13/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 7.87(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About 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.


London, England

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1960

Place of Birth:

London, England


Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Oxford University, 1979

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Easy Sticky-Toffee Pudding

This draws on a the culinary technology of the surprise pudding — that amazing affair by which, on baking, a layer of sponge is formed, under which evolves a thick and luscious sauce — while playing with the flavours of a traditional sticky-toffee pudding. True, if you're feeding 12 people you'll need to make two, but given how almost provocatively easy it is, that's no big deal. I can see this stretching to 8, maybe even a little bit beyond, but I wouldn't want to ask much more of it... Better to have too much than give rise to even the slightest tremor of ration-anxiety at the table. Never Knowingly Undercatered, that's me.

For the cake:
100 g dark muscovado sugar
175 g self-raising flour
125 ml full-fat milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 g unsalted butter, melted
200 g chopped, rolled dates

For the sauce:
200 g dark muscovado sugar
approx. 25 g unsalted butter in little blobs
500 ml boiling water

Preheat the oven to 190°Cgas mark 5 and butter a 1 12 litre capacity pudding dish.

Combine the 100g dark muscovado sugar with the flour in a large bowl. Pour the milk into a measuring jug, beat in the egg, vanilla and melted butter and then pour this mixture over the sugar and four, stirring — just with a wooden spoon — to combine. Fold in the dates then scrape into the prepared pudding dish. Don't worry if it doesn't look very full: it will do by the time it cooks.

Sprinkle over the 200g dark muscovado sugar and dot with the butter. Pour over the boiling water (yes, really!) and transfer to the oven. Set the timer for 45minutes, though you might find the pudding needs 5 or 10 minutes more. The top of the pudding should be springy and spongy when it's cooked; underneath, the butter, dark muscovado sugar and boiling water will have turned into a rich, sticky sauce. Serve with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche, double or single cream as you wish.

Serves 6–8.

Copyright 2001 by Nigella Lawson

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Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners -- Easy, Delectable Recipes for Any Occasion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is filled with interesting recipes that you want to try. It's a cookbook to use and try substitute ingredients. Try the Bread & Butter Pudding. Delicious. The Bitter Orange Ice Cream is rich and wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book after enjoying her show, and wasn't let down. It's wonderful to read, and not just to get recipes from. The full color pictures are fantastic. All of the recipes use pretty common ingredients and they are creative. She doesn't make steadfast rules, but gives leeway for alteration. I find myself using her tips everyday in the kitchen. I love this book! I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy watching Nigella's show, mostly to check out how she manages to be so fabulously seductive and hope I pick up a few tips in that department. I was really disappointed in the book, however -- I had hoped it had more to offer. If you don't cook, it could be helpful, and the recipes are fine. If you DO cook, though, you won't find anything you don't already know. I mean, I know how to make sausages and lentils or how to roast some lamb. She can yak on all she wants about it, but a recipe for salmon cakes ain't new.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful addition to anyone's kitchen. The linguine with garlic oil and pancetta is wonderul.
Bbexlibris on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is a work of art, it is so nice to look at that you forget you are reading a cook book. The pages are think, the images beautiful and the recipes fit for the gods. I like it, but use it very infrequently because I have two little toddlers and spending an entire day cooking is not what happens around our house on a regular basis. Maybe when they get a bit older. Right now it is another one of those books that just is not happening.
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PBWriter36 More than 1 year ago
This cookbook was given to me as a gift because I am a fan of the way she cooks - using fresh ingredients in her dishes - with no short cuts. Even though I wouldn't call myself an expert Chef, I'm not a slouch either, and some of her dishes are just darn over-the-top complicated. I attempted the chocolate cake a few times and I just could not get her frosting recipe the right consistancy. I've also make her Pasta Figioli and it was to die for! Her meatball recipe is now MY recipe, tweaked it just a tad, and now it's a family tradition. Thank you Nigella. Overall it is a beautiful cookbook, written as if she's in your kitchen telling you about the dish in her British Italian accent. Often, however, some recipes spur questions as they are not detailed enough (in my opinion). Highly recommended.
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