We know what you're thinking: Meringue cookies are so fancy, they must be difficult to make. Surprise — whipping together a batch is actually pretty simple. Plus, with this Joshua John Russell recipe, you only need three ingredients.
Super yummy food? Check. Festive decor? Got it. All your best friends? You bet. But a party’s not really happening until you bump the tunes.
In the final lesson, it's all about enjoying great food around a table with your friends. From a mozzarella bar "snacktivity" to "meatball fondue" (meatballs served in a fondue pot with tomato sauce) to cauliflower pizzas set out as table runners for all the enjoy, this is a party your friends will be talking about. For drinks, Mary puts her fixings for a Sicilian martini on a lazy Susan at the table and gives everyone cocktail shakers to build their own. For dessert, Mary makes playful cereal-crusted cannoli and packages them up for her guests to take home.
When you hear the words "Italy" and "vegetables" you probably think tomatoes — maybe because tomato sauce is one of the most brilliant inventions since, well, ever. But Italy grows an incredible variety of vegetables, including some, like corn, that Americans generally claim as their own.
Get ready for a mouthwatering Christmas as Nigella brings a truly Italian festive feast to the table, with big fresh flavors and a sumptuous spread. The essence of Italian food, like Nigella's style of cooking, is simplicity and informality, just what you need at this busy time of year! In this special episode of Nigellissima, she shows how easy it is to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto the plate using ingredients available in any supermarket. With her passion for Italy and Italian cooking, Nigella's mouthwatering dishes have their roots in tradition but take us into fresh territory; light of touch but bursting full of taste.
Inspired by a scribbled note she once found in an old Italian kitchen, Nigella starts with her take on the classic light and sunny yoghurt pot cake. Nigella's niece and nephew are recruited to make, and enjoy, a shortcut sausage meatball supper, while a girls' night in sees Nigella rustling up a super quick dish of squid and prawns with marjoram and chili. The evening ends with Nigella's tiramisini, a lighter, quicker version of traditional tiramisu.
Nigella shares the secrets of her celebratory, yet simple, Italian roast chicken, served alongside a sunny saffron orzotto. Dessert comes courtesy of Nigella's surprisingly easy coffee ice cream, inspired by lazy days spent in the ice cream parlors of Florence. An extra treat is presented in the form of a chocolate olive-oil cake. Finally, Nigella's silky pasta dish with courgettes (zucchini) elevates a quick fridge foray into a languorous late-night treat.
Nigella treats her friends to an Italian-inspired supper of pork loin stuffed with Parma ham and oregano, served alongside her speedy mock mash and lazy person's vignarola, a recipe based on the traditional Roman spring stew of broad beans, peas and artichokes. For her pasta dish, Nigella is cooking spelt spaghetti, an earthy choice to match a fresh, no-cook olive and anchovy sauce. Nigella's weekend indulgence is Sambuca kisses: delicate, doughnut-like treats so light that one would never be enough.