Nigella Lawson, the home-cooking heroine, returns with a brand new series - cooking food for modern living, whatever the situation. The series caters to the way we eat and live right now and includes a mixture of easy, fast and fabulous recipes to beat the clock at the end of a busy day, with more leisurely recipes to unwind with over relaxing weekends. Nigella inspires with ideas for cooking for friends and family through to delicious meals for one.
Along the way she reveals her kitchen secrets - including incredible shortcuts - and shares her tips and strategies for solving typical kitchen quandaries. In her inimitable witty, engaging and conversational trademark style, Nigella talks through the cooking process, showing how to create the perfect mood to enjoy every mouthful.
OK, I have always been astounded by Nigella's food... the recipe books I have snuck peeks at are packed with world-class recipes that all look and sound so easy to make, but stunning at presentation. However, I have always assumed that they really can't be as easy as they first appear... so this was a chance for me to see them 'in action' and maybe get a better idea of what magic she sprinkles on them to make them so stunning. Alas, still no such luck for me.
On the plus side: I have come to really appreciate the whole "recipes are guidelines, not rules" approach to cooking. "Do it to taste, do it to preference, but don't do it to the letter."is an adage all kitchen-dwellers should adhere to. However, it is possible to take that concept too far, and put out a DVD full of amazing recipes, where we are given only half the measures we need to replicate them. I get the very strong feeling this DVD is supposed to be treated as more of a source of inspiration, and possible cookbook-companion, rather than an expose on how to pull off culinary magic.
Despite totally being in love with the food, I have to say though, I now have a total dislike of Nigella as a TV show hostess. I found her simpering dialogue to be overly embellished and somewhat flirty - neither of which are things I aspire to have shoved down my eyes when I am frantically trying to reproduce a stunning spaghetti, or miracle meatloaf. It really was frustrating having to hear her simper at me at the start of each episode - PLEASE EDITORS... ONCE! Just once! It's an introduction, not a bl**dy chorus! Just have her say her piece at the start of the DVD, and keep the real show content as the individual tracks. You never know, you might just be able to fit an EXTRA episode on to each disc!
Overall, despite finding this highly annoying in some regards, I am still absolutely converted to her food. Amazing flavours - if you get suitable ingredients - and stunning presentation are not impossible. If nothing else, I have some great ideas for redecorating the kitchen, some wonderful concepts for how to use up leftover ingredients in new and interesting ways, and some wonderful tabletop decorating tips - so this really was more than just a cooking show - it was an entertaining-at-home symphony!
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