Nigella shares ideas for feasts throughout the day. Nigella’s savoury take on French toast is an ideal choice for weekend brunch or a comforting and quick supper. With friends to entertain, Nigella rustles up an informal Mediterranean dish for dinner – juicy spiced lamb kofta with garlic sauce.
For pudding, her guests are treated to a delicate-tasting rose and pepper pavlova with strawberries, inspired by her grandfather’s penchant for strawberries with a grinding of pepper. There is also an aromatic golden egg curry and a delicious white chocolate cheesecake.
1. White chocolate cheesecake
The shades of my ancestors are, no doubt, horrified that 1) this is an unbaked cheesecake and 2) white chocolate finds its way into it. So be it. Besides, I have no need to be defensive about this: the white chocolate is only a delicate presence here; nothing to offend a white-chocolate-hater. And, moreover, it helps the cheesecake set in the fridge overnight to a perfect, tenderly firm consistency.
2. Parmesan French toast
While obviously a contender for weekend brunch, this savoury take on French toast is, for me, a perfect early supper when I feel like something comforting and quick. It’s also exactly what I need when I’ve come back in late, having uncharacteristically and disturbingly gone without dinner.
5. Golden egg curry
This – called masak lemak telur in Malaysian – is very far removed from the egg curries I remember from my early youth, and would much prefer to forget. What i have here are eggs poached in a rich, aromatic, turmeric-tinted, tamarind-sharp, coconutty sauce or soup.
Spiced Lamb Kofta with garlic sauce
- In a large bowl add the lamb mince, cumin, sumac, toasted almonds, red chilli, ground coriander, mint, coriander stalk, salt and pepper and a little oil. Mix well.
- Separate the mixture into 6 balls then mould around 6 pre oiled metal skewers. Rub oil over the moulded kofta.
- Heat a griddle until it is smoking hot and place the skewers directly on there, turning them every few minutes. They will take about 8 minutes to cook through.
- Mix the yoghurt and mint sauce together with a pinch of salt, add the fresh coriander.
- To serve, garnish with fresh coriander and red onions with the kofta and dip on the side.
Another serving of irresistible dishes as Nigella shares some of her go-to favourites. For the perfect start to the day there’s a breakfast inspired by her university days, fried bread and tomato hash.