Monday, December 20, 2010

Nigella Lawson's Kitchen - Spaghetti with Marmite



“…this book is simply the story of my love affair with the kitchen.  Whatever the opposite of the currently still fashionable genre, the misery memoir, might be, this is it: a comfort chronicle.”

Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home is Nigella’s first book since seasonal bestseller, Nigella Christmas, was published in 2008.  In true Nigella style, Kitchen is about the food we eat now, the way we eat and live today; feel-good food from the most important room in the house.

Informative and engaging, Kitchen offers food for both cooks and eaters that is comforting but always seductive, nostalgic but with a modern twist, from “express” style recipes for the time-strapped, hectic week or leisurely slow-cook dishes for weekends and special occasions. It answers everyday cooking quandaries – from how to rustle up a meal for friends in moments to what to do about those black bananas – and since real cooking is so often about leftovers, Nigella makes “leftovers right”, by showing us how to morph one recipe into another, from ham hocks to peas soups and pastries, braised chicken to Chinatown salad.

As well as offering the reader an array of inspired new recipes – from clams with chorizo to Guinness gingerbread – Nigella rounds up her no-nonsense kitchen kit must-haves in the way of equipment and magical standby ingredients.  Above all, she reminds the reader how much pleasure there is to be had in real food and in reclaiming the traditional rhythms of the kitchen.


Hubby bought me Nigella's latest cookbook which celebrates home cooking while we were at Kinokuniya during the weekends. I love watching her cooking shows on cable and trying out her recipes and have 2 of her previous cookbooks. I was attracted to her Spaghetti with Marmite recipe as i LOVE Marmite!! I love adding it to porridge which tastes so yummy and comforting to me :) I tried cooking  Spaghettti With Marmite for lunch earlier & it tastes great! You can eat it on its own or add some meat like ham, sausage or chicken etc.  Maybe i will try add ing mushroom next time. Highly recommends it for Marmite lovers & kids :> It's a great dish for children, being both simple and flavorsome. I enjoyed my plate of Marmite Spaghetti so much, I'm tempted to cook it again for dinner so that hubby can try it out. However i'm not sure if he will like it as he does not like the taste of Marmite.


Preparation method

  1. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling, salted water, according to the packet instructions.
  2. When the pasta is almost cooked, melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the Marmite and one tablespoon of the pasta water, mixing thoroughly to dissolve.
  3. Reserve half a cup of the pasta water; then drain the pasta and pour the Marmite mixture over the drained spaghetti, adding a little of the reserved pasta water to amalgamate if required.
  4. Serve with plenty of grated parmesan. 

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