Pronounced “tallyata”, this sumptuous steak supper is perfect for an at home date night.
2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
scant 1 tsp. kosher salt ot 1/2 tsp. table salt
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 New York strip steak
8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
fresh oregano sprigs, to serve (optional)
arugula, to serve
In a small dish that the steak will fit in snuggly, combine the 2 tbs. oil, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, salt and vinegar. Set aside.
Heat a grill, griddle or heavy non-stick pan. Brush the steak with a little oil and cook over a hot heat for 2 minutes per side. More if you don’t like your steak rare.
Remove the steak to the dish with the marinade and leave for 2-3 minutes. Remove to a cutting board, then toss and smoosh the tomatoes in the marinade. Slice the steak into thin strips.
Scatter the arugula on a plate, top with the steak strips and tomatoes, then drizzle over any remaining marinade. Add a few leaves of fresh oregano, if using and serve.
Delightful and delicious with crisp strips of red pepper or any crudite.
1 14 oz. tin chickpeas
1 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers
2 tbs. cream cheese
2 tbs. garlic-infused olive oil
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. paprika
Drain the chickpeas and red peppers and place them in a food processor. Add the cream cheese, olive oil, lime juice and paprika.
Whiz into a hummus-like puree, then add salt to taste and perhaps a bit more lime juice if needed.
A joy to make and a joy to eat!
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup polenta or fine cornmeal
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
6 tbs. vegetable oil
3/4 cup whole milk
zest and juice of 1 orange
Heat the oven to 400°F and line 12 muffin tins with paper cases.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, polenta, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and chocolate chips. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, egg, milk, orange zest and orange juice. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Divide between the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
This is a light and lemony caesar dressing with anchovy. Perfect for summer!
2 romain lettuce hearts or 1 romaine lettuce head
1 egg yolk
2-3 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
juice of half a smallish lemon
few drops Worcestershire sauce
3 tbs. finely grated Parmesan cheese
half and avocado, spooned into curls
1 cold, cooked chicken breast, cut into fat strips (optional)
Wash the lettuce and tear into large chunks, then scatter on plate. Whisk the egg yolk in a small bowl, then slowly whisk in enough olive oil to make a dressing. Add the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Toss this with the lettuce, sprinkle with 2 tbs. of the Parmesan, then toss again.
Arrange the chicken (if using) a top the lettuce, scatter over the avocado and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Give it all a good grinding of black pepper and serve.
This is homey and comforting pasta that tastes best when eaten out of a large bowl with a large spoon.
8 oz. caserecce or other small, tubular pasta
2 tbs. garlic-infused olive oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 lb. zucchini, diced
1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth
small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
3 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to sprinkle
2 tsp. butter
Put a large pot of water on to boil. Generously salt and cook the pasta according to the package directions.
Put the olive oil and scallions in a heavy pan that comes with a lid and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the vermouth, 2 tbs. of the chopped parsley and season. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes by which time the zucchini should be tender.
Before draining the pasta, reserve a cup of the cooking water.
Tip the drained pasta into the pan with the zucchini along with the 3 tbs. Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Toss thoroughly and taste for seasoning. Add more pasta cooking water if needed. Stir in the butter and serve with the remaining parsley sprinted on top and more Parmesan cheese on the side.
This recipe was written to be a medley of salmon, tuna and swordfish. Here is it deliciously adapted for just swordfish.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
zest of 1/2 lemon and 1 tbs. juice
2 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbs. capers, drained but not rinsed
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried mint
4 smallish swordfish steaks
Make the herb sauce by whisking together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, capers, oregano and mint. Season and set aside for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.
Fry the swordfish in a little oil or cook on the grill to your liking. Remove to a plate and spoon over some of the sauce. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.
What a wonderful divergence from cold potato salad tossed with mayonnaise!
4 1/2 lbs. baby potatoes
4 scallions, finely sliced
1 tbs. garlic-infused olive oil
8 slices bacon, sliced
1-2 tsp. white vinegar
1 tbs. wholegrain mustard
Bring a pan of water to a boil and tip in the potatoes. Cook for 20 minute, or until tender. Drain and put into a large bowl with the scallions.
Heat the oil in the same pan and add the bacon, then cook until crispy. Remove from the pan. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the vinegar and mustard. Tip into the bowl, toss everything together and scatter with the bacon.
These deliciously, thin chicken cutlets are coated with cornflakes for a wonderful crunch and are seasoned with a hint of cinnamon and paprika. They are a jot to make and if you cannot find cutlets, simply pound two boneless, skinless chicken breasts to about 1/2″.
2 chicken cutlets or escalopes
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, grated or minced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups crushed cornflakes
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tbs. vegetable oil
arugula and cherry tomatoes, to serve
Take the chicken out of the refrigerator so that it is not ice cold when you cook it.
In a shallow dish, combine the mustard and the garlic. Whisk in the cinnamon and egg. Put the chicken in, turn it over and leave to sit while you prepare the crumbs.
In another shallow dish, toss the cornflakes with the paprika and season. Add the chicken and dredge thickly with the crumbs.
Heat the oil in a heavy-based skillet and fry the chicken for 3 minutes per side, or until crisp and cooked through. Arrange the arugula and tomatoes onto a plate and top with the chicken to serve.
Don’t feel obliged to use the fruit as listed in the ingredients – use any that you fancy for this wonderful, easy and crowd-pleasing pud.
3 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (27 sheets)
6 tbs. softened butter
16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup lemon curd, at room temperature
1 cups blueberries
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
2/3 cup red currants or pomegranate seeds
1 – 1 1/2 small strawberries
Combine the cracker crumbs with the softened butter in the food processor to make a sandy rubble. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a deep, loose-bottomed 10″ fluted tart pan. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
In a clean food processor bowl, combine the cream cheese and lemon curd (or mix by hand) and spread into the bottom of the chilled tart pan, covering the base evenly.
Arrange the fruit gently on top in a decorative manner, leaving some of the strawberries unhulled with their picturesque stalks, if you like.
Place the tart in the fridge, preferably overnight, or for at least 4 hours. It needs to get properly cold to unmold and slice easily.
These Korean-flavored steaks are meant to be charred on the outside and rare in the middle. Such a treat!!!
4 x 1 1/2″ rib-eye steaks
5 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbs. sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
1″ piece ginger, peeled and minced or grated
4 scallions, chopped
2 tsp. sugar
Mix everything except the steaks in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Add the steaks and turn over if using s dish or squish them about if using a bag. Leave in the fridge overnight or , if you are pressed for time, at room temperature for an hour.
Grill the steaks on a viciously hot grill or griddle for about 5 minutes per side for rare or longer to your liking. Leave to stand for a few minutes before carving into thin slices.
Nigella recommends eating them mounded on plain steamed rice, stuffed into buns with barbecue or steak sauce or piled on a thin flatbread.