Amazing News – Oat Milk & Cookies Mentioned In Nigella’s New Book!
Forgive my potentially excitable rambling – I’ve spent this past weekend jubilantly doing just that to anyone who’d listen – but I know you will understand!
Thursday 29th October saw the release of Nigella Lawson’s 12th cookbook – the brilliantly titled Cook, Eat, Repeat. A new release from Nigella is always a joy, but this one is particularly special for me, as it features one of my recipes! The exhilarating experience of seeing my name, recipe and even a mention of this blog nestled within the pages of this beautiful book is a dream come true.
The recipe in question is for a vegan lemon polenta cake. Some of you will know that I LOVE veganising Nigella recipes (I use the hashtag #veganisingnigella a lot over on the @foodim app) and I get a real kick out of seeing what works and what doesn’t (“seitham” in cola still makes me snort with laughter but I haven’t given up just yet) and this particular cake was one of the easiest conversions. It just worked. Nigella’s original recipe is an elegantly zingy classic that is already gluten-free; my version is faithfully reworked to eliminate the dairy and eggs also. A free-from heaven! And it tastes absolutely glorious – a near-universal pleaser, to quote Nigella – and is virtually identical to the original recipe.
The full recipe – and exquisite accompanying photographs by Jonathan Lovekin (obviously worlds apart from my iPhone pics here!) is available in Cook, Eat, Repeat – which, by the way, truly is an instant classic. Nigella’s incredible writing never fails to inspire me; this is a gorgeous collection of essays and recipes and even the method instructions are warm and nurturing. This book is everything we need in these turbulent times and beyond.
Cook, Eat, Repeat features an abundance of vegetarian and vegan recipes – I haven’t counted them but I think there’s quite a few more than any of Nigella’s other books. Tips for veganising a few recipes that aren’t vegan in their original form are also provided, which feels like a very pleasingly forward-thinking move.
It’s really hard to put my gratitude into words. Without a doubt, Nigella is my favourite food writer; her beautiful books have inspired and nurtured my love of food and baking for many years. To find myself included in her latest work fills me with pride and other-worldly elation! I’m truly on cloud nine. Thank you, Nigella.