• A delectable series from the domestic goddess herself. (Nigella Feasts)Source: Nigella Feasts
Feast like a king (or queen!) with the Domestic Goddess herself!
8 Jun 2020 - 8:25 PM  UPDATED 9 Jun 2020 - 11:32 AM

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1. Break up your mincemeat with a wooden fork

The tines of what looks like it would be a salad tosser break up the mince without squashing it. Genius!

2. Use all the rooms in your house

Throwing a party and the fridge is SO FULL that your alcohol has nowhere to go? Use the bath! Fill up your bathtub with ice and voila, you’ve got a repurposed cooler. Bonus points? You don’t have to drain the awkward amount of leftover ice later!

3. Take your pan off the heat

Nigella suggests that when making a white sauce, you take your pan off the heat when you’re whisking in the milk into the roux. Otherwise, she says, it will go lumpy, rather than get silky and smooth.

Curry udon

Curry dishes are popular in Japan; curry was introduced by the British during the nineteenth century, when Britain ruled India. Unsurprisingly then, Japanese curry is mild in terms of flavour and Japanese cooks prepare it using a pre-bought mix that comes in the form of a solid block. It’s often referred to as “curry roux”.

This week's Food TV picks
Our guide to what's on SBS this week. Maeve O'Meara learns the secrets to seasoning a wok, Rachel Khoo meets a passionate goat farmer and cheese maker in Provence, and Michel Roux Jr. searches for patisserie perfection. Meanwhile on Poh & Co., Poh prepares for a garden working bee by making a great, big batch of pork and cabbage dumplings.

4. Taking the cake

If you’re taking a cake to a party, Nigella says a loaf cake is the way to go! It travels extremely well, and bonus points when the cake can be made almost entirely in the food processor. Win-win!

5. A little time spent now is a lot of time saved later

I’m sorry, procrastinators, but when it comes to parties, doing a bit of prep the day before just saves you oodles of stress when show-time arrives! Could be as simple as chucking your chicken in a zip-lock bag to marinate, or even baking those macaroons that you’re intending to serve during after-dinner coffee. Whatever it is, spending even as little as five minutes getting organised the day before will go a long way to getting you floating through the party as serenely and (hopefully) as gracefully as Nigella seems to.

6. 3, 2, 1!

Speaking of feasting, it seems like Nigella has got the formula for dinner parties down pat! Assuming that you’re not inviting an entire mob over, she serves about 3 “little dishes” - think chutneys, dips, or other sides - about 2 big share plates - curries, roasts etc - and then 1 sweet! Sounds like the perfect combination for dinner with friends to us!

7. You can feast alone, too!

In one episode of Nigella Feasts, Nigella makes a spaghetti carbonara for two and eats the whole thing herself, straight from the pan - and with a cheeky gaze and the unapologetic sass that only the Domestic Goddess herself can exude. She reminds us that you’re worth busting out the cooking chops for, and we couldn’t agree more! Who says that introverts can’t eat well too?


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