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June 16, 2012

Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking

Filed under: Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 12:00 am

Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking

Just noticed that ABC1 has a new cookery programme starting tonight, Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 6pm called Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking. Not familiar with this name, I did a bit of googling and found out that Nigel Slater is a well-known cookery writer and author in the UK! In fact, just on the Food & Drink section of The Observer newspaper, there are over 700 articles of recipes dating back as far as 1999 written by Nigel Slater! Here are his 10 most popular recipes from his column.
In this TV series, Nigel explores the classic culinary pairings from sweet and sour to sugar and spice. Some of the recipes can be found as listed below:

Ep 1: Sweet and Sour
   Pork Chops with Apples and Cider Note: Cannot find the pork with gooseberry recipe, but here’s one with apple instead.
   Yogurt and Goat’s Cheese with Spring Herbs & How to roast beetroot in their skins (at the end of the article)
   Oven Shallot Chutney
   Poached Rhubarb with Caramel Sauce

Ep 2: Surf and Turf

Ep 3: Spicy and Cool
   Spiced Rice Pudding
   Turmeric Tomatoes with Yoghurt
   Spiced Lamb with Pomegranate – 1 garlic clove; a pinch coarse sea salt; 1 tsp black peppercorns; 1 tsp coriander seeds; 1 tsp smoked paprika; a drizzle of olive oil; 2 lamb steaks; 1 whole cucumber; seeds from half a pomegranate; a few sprigs mint

Ep 4: Soft and Crisp
   Mozzarella with Basil Crust8 small to medium tomatoes; bunch basil; small bunch fresh flat leaf parsley; 1/4 of a loaf ciabatta; generous handful parmesan cheese; black pepper; 4 tbsp olive oil; 2 balls mozzarella; 7 slices salami
   Butternut Squash Pie2 large or 3 medium butternut squashes (pumpkins)
   Poached Pears with Florentines
   Classic Corn Fritters
   Crab Cakes and Crushed Peas (scroll down the page to No. 6 recipe)

Ep 5: Sugar and Spice
   Prawn and Noodle Soup

Ep 6: Born and Bred
   Little fig and blackberry pies
   Nigel’s Harvest Supper – carrots; potatoes; chard; green tomatoes; courgettes; courgette flowers; oregano; thyme; chives; basil; herb flowers; butter; olive oil; crème fraîche 1. From the list above you want to chop up and steam the vegetables that need a little more cooking, so that will include the carrots, potatoes, chard stalk (not the leaves) for about 10 minutes. 2. In a frying pan gently cook the sliced courgettes and sliced tomatoes in olive oil and butter. Then add the shredded chard leaves, some basil and courgette flowers when almost soft. 3. Finally prepare a quick sauce to bring it all together. To another pan add a knob of butter, a couple of tbsp of crème fraiche and stir whatever remaining herbs you have through it; chives would work well. 4. Now toss this wonderful array of harvest produce together in the sauce and serve.

Ep 7: Hot and Cold
   Sizzling Lamb with Yoghurt

Ep 8: Weird and Wonderful
   Black Pudding Sausage Roll
   Kohlrabi Citrus Salad
   Celeriac and Blood Orange Salad from Tender: Volume 1 by Nigel Slater
   Savoury Apple Crumble
   Spiced Bread and Butter Pudding

Nigel Slater’s Simple Christmas


  1. Watched every show and have recommended to friends who want something Simple and Quick to make after work or on busy weekends. Great passion and simple ingredients and instructions. We have found the New Basic Cook Guide for all.

    Comment by Louise — July 17, 2012 @ 10:48 am | Reply

    • Yes, the show is a breath of fresh air with all the quick recipes for weeknights. Hopefully ABC will air his other shows when this one ends.

      Comment by SeaDragon — July 22, 2012 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  2. I have watched every show too and I love Nigel Slater’s tasty recipes! I made the plum pudding cake from the sugar and spice episode and it was divine. It’s winter and there are no plums here so I used tinned plums instead. You could taste the ginger and it was beautiful when eaten warm with cream. I also made his Pain Perdu which was lovely too. My request for my birthday present is a Nigel Slater cookbook and then I will try out a lot more of his recipes.
    Look forward to Saturday nights to watch his show.

    Comment by Ingrid — July 22, 2012 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

    • Agreed! I’m still slowly going through his newspaper articles and thoroughly enjoying reading them.

      Comment by SeaDragon — July 22, 2012 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  3. I hope the ABC will put all of his shows on! I’ll miss them when this series ends.

    Comment by Ingrid — July 22, 2012 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  4. The shows are great, but I cannot find his books, except the kitchen diary, in Perth!! Help!

    Comment by Tana Bailey — July 25, 2012 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  5. The books are not easily available except online. The ABC bookshop is going to get the DVD but not the books in soon.

    Comment by Ingrid — July 25, 2012 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  6. I have asked the ABC for more of Nigel’s programs to be shown – but don’t hold your breath :
    HOWEVER! maybe if you ALL added pleas on the program feedback thread?????!!!
    Cheers, Ricki

    Comment by Guest, Ricki — August 8, 2012 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  7. His recipes are just superb! I am determined to try his recipes out because they are so delicious and pretty easy to make.

    Comment by Rose Taylor — September 26, 2012 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  8. More and more of Nigel Slater please . . . his cooking is superb!
    He is obviously meticulous, sensitive and reverent about everything he does, and I like that.

    Comment by Val Atkinson — November 9, 2012 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  9. Love Nigel. So laid back and not trying to be anything he isn’t. I’d invite him round for tea but I wouldn’t know what to serve.

    Comment by Sophie — February 19, 2013 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  10. Tried to buy Nigel’s Simple Cooking Book; difficult to find. Can’t wait for resumption of ABC Series; he is too good! All his recipes work.

    Comment by Val Atkinson — February 20, 2013 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

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