Nigella Lawson.......She is the star this week at I ♥ Cooking Club

One of my very favorite kitchen goddesses is Nigella Lawson. I love her. I don’t think we could be true friends because I just know I’d make a horrible first impression. I would probably stand in front of her gob-smacked, looking like an idiot, mouth hanging open unattractively for enough time that she’d turn on her perfect heel and walk away.

Duh….I should prepare for that moment in case we decide to spend a summer in London and manage to wrangle an invitation to one of her parties.

As it happens the I Heart Cooking Club is featuring Nigella Lawson this week! I am participating with an old favorite from her book Nigella Express. Maple Chicken and Ribs.


Easy as it gets tossing this one together. Everything marinates in a bag overnight for two nights. Toss all ingredients into a roasting pan at 400 F for an hour to an hour and half.

If you can get baby back ribs those are amazing. This recipe works with St Louis style ribs…any rib cut but we find the baby back are super good.

1 cup apple cider or juice, as sharp as possible
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
6 unpeeled garlic cloves
½ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)
8 pork spareribs
6 chicken thighs with skin and bone

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I am looking forward to seeing what Nigella inspired dish other folks submit. Join us! It’s never too late to hook up with the group at I Heart Cooking Club.

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Katherine P said...

This sounds amazing! I love Nigella's recipes and this is one of my favorite books but I haven't used it in awhile. Thanks for the reminder to pull this old favorite out!

Kim said...

Hey lady! Nigella is at the top of my list. You just can't help but love her:) I remember making this one and it was not only easy, but a total favorite. An amazing dinner for sure!

How have you been? How's the baby? I've been ok. Back to work in an elementary school and loving it. Hanging in there.

Tina said...

It's my fav of her books, Katherine. We use it lots.

Kim, nice to see you! I am already planning my Ellie recipe coming up. The baby is a year and a half now, running around everywhere!

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

Hi Tina! Great seeing you again! :D

My baby is two and running around too. Sometimes my cooking is disrupted by his antics. Haha!

Hope to see you with Ellie's recipes soon! :)

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Tina,
Oooh, that looks good! I have this book too, and really love it! Have made lots of delicious recipes from it, but have not made this yet! Looks so yummy!

Le laquet said...

Ooooh Tina! I've never tried that recipe! Looks delicious 😍

Tina said...

Thanks Joyce! I have my planned dish nd hope it works out.

Super easy, Mrs. L. We have it quite a bit,

Judy said...

This recipe features all my favorite flavors and looks so easy. The hardest part for me would be remembering to start the marinating two days ahead.

Beth F said...

I love Nigella too! I'm pretty sure I have that book but I know I haven't made those ribs. I'll mark the recipe as a must-try. Love these kind of meals in the fall.

jama said...

Am definitely going to try this! It will be my first Nigella recipe. Thanks!

Vicki said...

We love ribs and those look really good! Don't think I've ever read one of her books but I'll see if my library has one.

Carole said...

Chicken and ribs marinaded together. Fab idea. Pinning to give it a try. Thhanks! Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

Teddyree said...

Oh YUM, my mouth is watering. Love Nigella's recipes too, pinning this one to give it a try!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

Wow, this one looks great. I'm pinning it.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I adore Nigella too, but I think you underestimate yourself - I have no doubt that you and she would get along famously if you were ever fortunate enough to meet. Of course, you that in that event I would be insanely jealous - of both of you!!

That aside, this looks like a great dish - I love the simplicity of it (typical Nigella), and I bet it tastes insanely good.

Deb in Hawaii said...

It's always a pleasure to see you Tina! This looks like the perfect dish for fall and an excellent example of Nigella's comfort food.

I love Nigella Express too--so many great recipes in it. ;-)

flour.ish.en said...

What goes into the bag sounds amazing. I'm sure what comes out is even better. A great technique to try my hands on. Good recipe selection!

Grace Phua said...

Like you, I'm crazy over Nigella and her kind of food. That is definitely my kind of thing. I have made this before too and absolutely love the taste of this dish. Yours look fabulously delish!!

TeaLady said...

ribs and chicken are our favorite family gathering fare. I will HAVE to try marinating the meat like Nigella next time.

Seven Hour Lamb with White Beans <br>{ make that less than 2 hours in the Instant Pot}</br>

It's good to get back to posting about food after a short break. Next year I will be getting a flu shot; this bout knocked me for a loop...