Marmalade Pudding Cake*

*Or what to do with a jar of marmalade that has no lid. While I like marmalade and I do love Nigella’s Kitchen, I had never been inspired to make this recipe. There still are others that I’m longing to try ahead of this pudding. Our Jams and Preserves Day was a victim of its own success and I…

Roast Seafood

I love seafood. Seafood, unfortunately, is expensive which means I don’t cook with it as often as I would like. Once again this recipe is from Nigella Kitchen (18 months later this is still my favourite book). I have wanted to make the roast seafood from the chapter titled ‘Kitchen Comfort’ since I first flicked through the book. While…

Venetian Carrot Cake

I’m back (Mel that is!). The last two months, I haven’t been as active as I would have liked. My mother has been ill, and is due for surgery on Tuesday. Combined with my jobs major events taking place in January I’ve been barely functioning. Unfortunately all my creative outlets have suffered. On a day off, I…

Christmas Chutney

As promised in my sneak peek, a post about preserving! I spent a very pleasant Saturday afternoon making this delicious Christmas Chutney. I love Christmas time. I think this time of year means different things for different people. For me personally, it’s a hectic time, but it is one filled with love.. For me, I only give…

Crostata

For the most part I don’t usually plan what I make. I prefer for the inspiration to come to me organically. It doesn’t always work and can mean I spend quite a bit of time just reading cookbooks. The only exception is when I have an ingredient that I need to use. A few weeks…

Easy-Peasy Peanut Butter Hummus

Growing up, peanut butter was a staple in my house; tahini not so much. So, stumbling across this recipe for Peanut Butter Hummus in Nigella’s Kitchen*, I jumped at the chance to try it. And honestly, since I started making it in April, it has become a go-to recipe for all bring-a-plate occasions. I’ve lost…

Nigella-Inspired Spanish Chicken

I’ve called this post “Nigella-Inspired Spanish Chicken” rather than “Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes” because that’s literally what happened. I opened Kitchen, looked at the recipe and decided that there wasn’t nearly enough spice or Spanish flavours in the dish to call it spanish chicken. So, as always, I used what I had and…