Ok, so I am a little burnt out – not from cooking {even though I do it every single day}, but from writing about it. There’s only so much you can write about a Pot Roast or a cookie before getting a little dry of words. So, in lieu of my boredom, I have decided to write about someone who inspires me as a chef. Her name is Nigella Lawson, and I have only heard about her since just before this time last year.

Lawson is a beautiful woman, and I bought her cook books as soon as I could get my hands on them. Her recipes are so stimulating – I know that’s a strange word for a recipe, but just watch her show and you’ll understand what I’m talking about {she has been coined as the “Queen of Food Porn” – not in a dirty way}. She is, in all literal terms, addicting. As someone who struggles with self-worth and body image, I find Nigella alluring because she provokes those who are stick thin by her pride of being a curvaceous, gorgeous and intelligent woman who enjoys food beyond all comprehension.

Thumbing through one of her cook books the other day, I found that she has no recipe that is of the ordinary. In fact, being a “Stay At Home Mom & Chef,” and thinking I know all about food, I discovered probably hundreds of recipes that I had never heard of before – shows how much I really know! Innovating and enticing, I plan on making particular recipes as soon as I can. They call out my name:

Crostini Del Mar {Made with: baguette, garlic, olive oil, parsley, mussels, clams and vermouth}

Hapiness Soup {Made with: yellow squash, lemon, olive oil, turmeric, chick. stock, basmati rice and s&p}

Linguine with Mussels {Made with: mussels, linguine, olive oil, garlic, long red chillies, sherry and parsley}

Raw Beet, Dill, and Mustard Seed Salad {Made with: dill, raw beets, lemon, olive oil, mustard seeds and parsley}

Red Mullet with Sweet and Sour Shredded Salad {Made with: red mullet OR red snapper, Thai fish sauce, lemon, sugar, peanuts, green papaya, carrots, scallions and long red chillis}

Black & Blue Beef {Made with: beef rump, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, sugar, pepper and scallions}

Grilled Quail {Made with: quail, soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic and orange}

Caponata {Made with: eggplant, s&p, olive oil, onion, plum tomatoes, sugar, white wine vinegar, bittersweet chocolate, salted capers, green olives and a hard boiled egg}

Figs for A Thousand and One Nights {Made with: figs, unsalted butter, cinnamon, vanilla sugar, rosewater, orange-flower water, mascarpone cheese and pistachios}

View her program, and trust me – you’ll be hooked, also.


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