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1. Sweet potatoes are the perfect lazy roast veg
Shoving them into the pan underneath her chickens to roast, Nigella suggests that if you really wanted crispy sweet potatoes you should roast them in a separate pan. But since “sweet potatoes never go that crispy”, you might as well do them all in one, and save yourself the washing up!
2. Italians always put lemon on their steak
IS THIS A THING?? Apparently it’s *tenderising? But more importantly, it’s so that a thin steak (if that’s what you’re using) doesn’t dry out when it’s resting
*not sure about the science of this one but hey Nigella said so! Don’t @ us in the comments
3. The secret to a fuss-less chocolate mousse? Mini marshmallows!
I’m sure my French cooking teacher would just keel over from this tip, but it makes sense because marshmallows are made from mostly sugar and gelatine, the latter of which is often used to stabilise a mousse anyway!
4. Pasta water
We all know the virtues of pasta water in bringing together a pasta sauce on the stove, but did you know that it can also bring together a pasta sauce...in a salad bowl?! Nigella tosses hot linguini through with raw sliced mushrooms, crushed garlic, olive oil and thyme, and uses a splash of hot pasta water to make the “sauce”. Whuuuuttttt??!! Definitely using this tip in my next pasta meal.
You cannot beat a plate of fresh-made and fresh-cooked pasta. The wide ribbons go beautifully with the flavoured butter sauce and the crisp proscuitto and sage, for a wonderful taste of Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
Chestnut flour gives a nutty edge to this soft and tender pasta, perfect with a rustic sauce.
5. There’s no shame in using lime juice from a bottle
And there’s no shame in...anything, really. Use whatever convenience products you like, and if it cuts your time cooking down to practically nothing, then there’s your justification right there.
6. Portion and freeze your leftover cookie dough
If you have any leftover, that is! Nigella uses an ice cream scoop to lay them out on a tray, then freezes them for baking later. Genius, or what?
7. Silk robes are a must
If sneaky snacking on cold lamb chops from the fridge in the middle of the night makes you feel like a gluttonous schlub, all you have to do is dress in a silk robe and have a face of makeup on and you’re now snacking, domestic-goddess style!via Giphy
Bring together this cheat's risotto with fresh pippies cooked in white wine, and cherry tomatoes.
Ok so Sashi Cheliah's quick and easy biryani still has a few steps to work through but they're crucial if you want to enjoy the real thing.