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.

Cheddar Cheese Risotto

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

RED PRAWN AND MANGO CURRY - Nigella Lawson (TV judge on The Taste). Thai Kitchen (brand) has gluten free Fish Sauce and Thai chili paste.

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".

Forgotten Pudding

Forgotten Pudding: Whip egg whites as if making meringue, spread on a swiss roll tin and put in an oven which you immediately switch off, leaving the pudding to cook overnight, hence "forgotten".

Star-Topped Mince Pies:This is the way I make my mince pies, and there is no changing me or them: they are small, to be popped straight into the mouth in one go; the pastry is plain, the better to contrast with the rich, fruited filling; and they have not full casings but little stars as lids, which makes them look beautiful and taste flutteringly light.

Star-Topped Mince Pies

Nigella Lawson's Star-Topped Mince Pies recipe omits the traditional animal suet in the mincemeat, making them veggie-friendly.

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