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Nigella At My Table ep.1

Nigella At My Table ep.1

In Nigella: At My Table ep.1, Nigella Lawson is back with a series packed with simple recipes full of complex flavour. Food we can all bring to our own tables, vibrant and varied yet always relaxed.



 

 

In the first episode, Nigella shares new discoveries like her Turkish-inspired eggs, as well as old-fashioned favourites including the aptly named queen of puddings. For a relaxed get together around the table, Nigella rustles up a gloriously simple chicken and pea tray bake. For times of urgent need, there are her emergency brownies, and she finds a new use for a spiralizer.

Nigella At My Table ep.1 recipes:

 

 Turkish eggs

Turkish eggs
Turkish eggs

If I hadn’t eaten the Turkish eggs at Peter Gordon’s restaurant, I most certainly wouldn’t be tempted by the idea of poached eggs on Greek yoghurt. I say that only to pre-empt any hesitancy on your part. For çilbir, pronounced “chulburr”, is a revelation and a complete sensation.

 Emergency brownies

Emergency brownies
Emergency brownies

This is for those times you urgently need a brownie, but don’t want to make (or, rather, can’t justify making) a whole batch. This recipe makes two (four if needs be) fudgy brownies to be snaffled straight from the tin. It is worth keeping takeaway-style foil tins in the house just to make these. Take my word for it, it will be a frequent occurrence.

Queen of puddings

Queen of puddings
Queen of puddings

I wasn’t brought up on nursery food, so this sort of old-fashioned English pudding holds a certain exotic charm for me. Traditionally, a Queen of Puddings is made with breadcrumbs, but this is the Marie Antoinette version, using brioche instead.

Method

1. Grease your pie dish with butter and preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3½.

2. Put the brioche slices into a food processor and blend into crumbs then place in a mixing bowl.

3. Gently warm the milk in a saucepan with the butter, lemon zest, vanilla extract, sugar and a pinch salt, until the butter’s melted.

4. Whisk the yolks in a large bowl or jug, pour the warm milk mixture on top and whisk to combine, then pour this over the crumbs in their bowl and leave for 10 minutes, before transferring to the greased dish. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is just set, although the crumb-custard will still be wobbly underneath. Remove from the oven and set aside.

5. Whisk 2 teaspoons lemon juice into the jam in a small bowl: you want a soft, pourable consistency. If the jam’s too thick, warm it in a small pan. Set aside while you get on with the topping.

6. Whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl until they form firm peaks, then gradually whisk in the sugar, until you have a thick and shiny meringue.

7. Pour the lemon-spritzed jam over the crumb-custard, gently smoothing it over the top. Cover the jam-topped custard with the meringue, making sure it comes right to the edges to seal it well. Use a fork to pull the meringue topping into little peaks, and sprinkle with a ½ teaspoon or so of caster sugar.

Put the dish back in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until the meringue is bronzed and crisp on top. Let it stand for about 15 minutes before serving.

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In Nigella: At My Table ep.1, Nigella Lawson is back with a series packed with simple recipes full of complex flavour. Food we can all bring to our own tables, vibrant and varied yet always relaxed.