Marmalade Pudding Cake: Now, this is a beauty. I don't mean flash or fancy - rather the opposite; there is something austerely handsome about its appearance, and yet gorgeously warming about its taste. But then, this laid-back Sunday-lunch pudding is what kitchen food is all about. I'm happy to leave the picture-perfect plate-decoration dessert to the professional chef and patissier. When I want to eat one, I'll go to a restaurant. That way, everyone's happy.
Red Prawn and Mango Curry: This is one of the easiest suppers to make, but somehow, however much I know this, it always surprises me. Not in the cooking, so much as in the eating: I can't believe, each time anew, how deep and textured and full-throttle, in a sweet, comforting way, this tastes, when all I've done is a bit of shopping and some light stirring.
RED PRAWN AND MANGO CURRY | Recipes | Nigella Lawson
Flourless Chocolate Brownies with Hot Chocolate Sauce: However much people have eaten, there is always, I've noticed, room for a brownie. This is a different kind of a brownie, most definitely for party-pudding, melting, fudgy and damply rich. I compound these qualities by serving it with ice cream and the hot chocolate sauce, but there is no need. Need is not really what we're talking about here, though, is it?
Tuna and Crab and Avocado Wraps: I have never really thought of myself as a person who could wrap, fold or fiddle about with food or felt that way inclined. But you know, when you get into it, it's really quite OK - actually, more than OK. These wraps are curiously relaxing to assemble and everyone is always bowled over by them. They're a very good way of injecting a little zing into the proceedings without having to slave for hours over a hot hob.
TUNA AND CRAB AND AVOCADO WRAPS | Recipes | Nigella Lawson
Cheddar Cheese Risotto: This might seem odd to Italians but it works beautifully: the starchy rice, the sharp Cheddar, both are the perfect counterpoint for each other. I make this on days when I need to escape to the kitchen and have a good, quiet, relaxing and mindless 20 minutes staring into the middle distance and stirring. I heartily recommend it.
Forgotten Pudding: There is a wonderful poetry to the name of this pudding which, thankfully, once eaten could never be forgotten. It's an old, old recipe popularly exhumed - I believe - by the late, great Richard Sax. Think of it as a kind of marshmallow-based pavlova. That's to say, you whip egg whites as if making meringue, spread on a swiss roll tin (or that's how I make it) and put in an oven which you immediately switch off, leaving the pudding to cook overnight, hence "forgotten".
Banana Butterscotch Muffins: White chocolate morsels can be used in place of the butterscotch ones and my children seem to love both with equal fervour, though I'm pretty fond of these with dark chocolate chips, too.
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RED-LEAF, FIG AND SERRANO HAM SALAD | Recipes | Nigella Lawson
Rapid Ragu: When I am feeling fragile and in need of cosiness and comfort, my favourite supper is a helping of minced meat with some grated cheese on top, eaten by greedy, grateful spoonful out of a cereal bowl.