Happy New Year!

The holidays wouldn’t be complete with Nigella Lawson’s delicious take on food and entertaining.  Below is a video of a Holiday Brunch which is great for New Year’s Day or for when you want to have a Brunch on the weekend.

Nigella Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer.  

Though Lawson has enjoyed a successful career in cookery, she is not a trained chef, and does not like being referred to as a “celebrity chef”.  Furthermore, she does not see herself as a cook or an expert in her field. 

Throughout Lawson’s television programmes, she emphasises that she cooks for her own pleasure, for enjoyment,  and that she finds cooking therapeutic.When deciding upon which recipes to feature in her books, she takes the view of the eater, stating, “If it’s something I don’t want to carry on eating once I’m full, then I don’t want the recipe … I have to feel that I want to cook the thing again”.

Lawson has adopted a casual approach to cooking, stating, “I think cooking should be about fun and family. … I think part of my appeal is that my approach to cooking is really relaxed and not rigid. There are no rules in my kitchen.”.  One editor, highlighting the technical simplicity of Lawson’s recipes, noted that “her dishes require none of the elaborate preparation called for by most TV chefs”.

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​Nigellas’ Spruced-up Vanilla Cake
The Espresso Martini (video has recipe)
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The Espresso Martini can be found in Nigella’s Christmas cookbook.  It is a mixture of cool espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, caramel vodka or butterscotch schnapps and regular vodka. Purists may argue that strictly speaking it isn’t a martini as it doesn’t contain any vermouth but now the term martini is often used to describe a cocktail made from a mixture of spirits. The coffee should be properly cold so if possible brew it the day before then pour into a jug and leave in the fridge overnight.
The recipe that you are looking for is Nigella’s Triple Cheese And Onion Strataand it appears in Nigella’s Christmas cookbook.

The strata is a type of savoury bread and butter pudding (bread pudding), almost like a cross between a toasted cheese sandwich and baked French toast. The beauty of the strata is that it is at its best if assembled the night before as the bread is able to soak up all of the cheesy, eggy liquid as it sits. It can then just be baked in the morning without any additional fuss. 

We would like to mention that the 30 minutes baking time is based in the strata being allowed to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes so that it is not completely fridge cold when it goes into the oven. If it is fridge cold then you may need to add 10 to 15 minutes to the baking time to make sure that it is fully heated through.

Spruced-up Vanilla Cake  pictured above (video has recipe)
Nigella has authored more than 10 cookbooks with her most recent
released November 2015  called Simply Nigella:  Feel Good Food
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Nigella’s Christmas cookbook – Released 2009
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“No One Ever Goes Hungry In My House”  
~Nigella Lawson

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Nigella’s late night pleasures
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Fully Loaded Bake Potato Skins (video has recipe)
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Bon Appe’tit!
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Camille
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