As winter takes over whole of India, it’s time to gather friends and family, and treat them to some sumptuous homemade bakes. While we say that, we turn to none other than British food writer, author and TV show host Nigella Lawson for inspiration.
Lawson has been synonymous with comfort food, which pretty much sums up winter eats, ever since her first book How to Eat was released in 1998. What makes us adore her is the fact that she didn’t tell us the correct way to do something, instead, motivated us to do it the way it gives us the most pleasure with the least amount of hassle.
A game-changer of sorts, the home cook (yes, she prefers being called that) drew our focus towards comfort food at a time when cooking shows and cookbooks were all about precision quantities of ingredients and elaborate presentation.
As Lawson’s favourite time of the year – Christmas – approaches, we bring five of our favourite recipes from Lawson’s kitchen for your holiday dinner table.
Pumpkin and Goat's Cheese Lasagna
Lawson’s pumpkin and goat’s cheese lasagna makes for a great make-ahead dish too. All you need to do is prepare the pumpkin filling, tomato sauce, and cheese layer in advance and layer it up and cook a couple of hours before dinner.
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This is Lawson’s ode to the Christmas classic gingerbread recipe. It has chocolate chips and cocoa to intensify the rich spices of the gingerbread. The chocolate chips don’t just lend a very rich flavour but also an additional texture to the treat.
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Cider and All-spice Bundt Cake
Essentially a giant doughnut-like gingerbread, Lawson’s bundt cake has the quintessential flavours of winter and Christmas: warm spices and gingerbread. Spiced with Chinese five-spice, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg, and cider, this one is best served with an accompaniment of salted caramel sauce.
Roast Stuffed Pumpkin with Gingery Tomato Sauce
Don’t be alarmed but a stuffed pumpkin will be brilliant centerpiece at the holiday dinner table. Impress your loved ones with this sweet and tender roasted pumpkin stuffed with saffron-spiced basmati rice and a gingery tomato sauce. An important point to keep in mind, just take off the lid of the pumpkin and take all the seeds out. What’s best is that this Christmas pumpkin is 100% vegetarian!
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Ginger and Walnut Carrot Cake
Once you’ve tried Lawson’s carrot cake, you’ll never go back to the traditional one. Her take on the classic, includes ginger and walnuts—full of flavour and texture. She spikes the cream cheese filling with ginger juice and the cake with chopped crystallised ginger and walnuts. Not too much icing, not too sweet, this goes perfect with an after meal cup of coffee or tea.
Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes
Wonderful rustic tray-bake, this is the quickest dinner recipe you’ll make this winter. Just put everything – chicken thighs, chorizo, potatoes, and onions – on the tray, season it all with dried oregano and orange zest and let it go in the oven. Once done, she suggests you serve it with a simple green salad.
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The Domestic Goddess loves a Pavlova and has confessed her love for the dessert time and again. In 2018, she even revealed that it is her go-to during Christmas. So, how could we not have a Pavlova recipe on this list. Finished off with a generous dollop of whipped cream, this cappuccino Pavlova from Lawson’s kitchen has espresso powder that adds slight bitterness to the dessert and balances out the sweetness of the meringue.
Check out all these recipes on Nigella.com