Very Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins


Muffins: Fast & Fantastic is one of the first baking books I remember buying.  It's a stalwart on Amazon, with deservedly glowing reviews. Most of the recipes have the same basic mix.  The beauty of the book for the novice baker, is realising that once you master and memorise the core recipe, you can throw pretty much anything you fancy into the bowl.


The Lazy Cook: Linguine with Chilli, Crab & Watercress for Forever Nigella 6


I think this fishy dish is a pretty good companion piece to my other fish dish for Forever Nigella 6, which was on the homier, family-friendly end of the fish dish spectrum.

This is a luxe, suave, sexy fish dish, which is good for an occasional treat. Treaty it may be, but you only need a few ingredients and ten minutes to make it.  Crabmeat is lovely, but on the rich side, so a little goes a long way; just as well, as it is quite expensive.

The other reason to treat this as a luxury dish, is because crab doesn't rate too well in the Good Fish Guide produced by those lovely people at the Marine Conservation Society, to help us make more sustainable choices when buying fish. 

The Lazy Cook: Lemon Salmon with Cherry Tomato Cous Cous


This is the easiest recipe in the world, taken from 'Kitchen' by Nigella Lawson.

Preparation only takes five or six minutes, the ingredients are all readily available in the smallest of supermarkets and any leftovers taste great in a next-day salad. Also: minimal washing up (one pan, two bowls and a chopping board). The meal goes from the fridge to the table within 15 minutes; perfect for a quick supper.

Also, you get to slap the salmon about in a dish in a Monty Pythonesque fashion.