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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Forever Nigella #14 - The Round Up

When I wrote my announcement post for April's Forever Nigella we were bathed in glorious sunshine and all set to welcome spring with picnics and afternoon tea in the garden. I baked some lovely mini Victoria sponges filled with Nigella's passion fruit curd in anticipation of a beautiful warm Easter. The weather has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since then and I have barely set foot in the garden, never mind sitting down in it to eat cake.

Nonetheless, lots of you did produce some wonderful spring and Easter themed goodies for Forever Nigella, and here they all are:

First to arrive were these delicious chocolate Mini Egg brownies from Nelly's Cupcakes. These look perfectly gooey in the middle with the all important crispy brownie top.

The next entry came from Sarah of Maison Cupcake, home to Forever Nigella. Sarah also had some spare Mini Eggs and turned to her copy of Feast for Nigella's chocolate Easter cake. What a beautiful photograph of a very scrummy looking cake.

Jolene from Yummy Inspirations sent us her version of Nigella's 'Sunshine Soup' to welcome in spring. There may not be much sunshine around at the moment, but the lovely colour of this soup should brighten things up a little.

 Returning to Easter chocolate, Ren from Fabulicious Food also used her leftover Mini Eggs in some 'Everyday Brownies', making them even more special and chocolately than Nigella's. This is another lovely photo, and some very pretty crockery too!

Kate from What Kate Baked whipped up some lovely flower shaped custard creams to celebrate spring. These look so much more inviting than the shop bought variety. I am certainly going to add these to my list of 'things to bake'.

Ren went to town this month and really proved her Forever Nigella mettle by taking a copy of Nigella Kitchen on holiday to Wales with her, and sending over a second entry. She bought a shoulder of local Welsh lamb and produced a lovely spring meal for her family.  

Yummy Chunklet loves to eat fresh fruit and salads in the spring and celebrated its arrival with these delicious marsala honey pears with blue cheese.


Also welcoming spring with some fruit flavours was Fleur from Homemade by Fleur, who cooked up this amazing red prawn and mango curry. In her post she gives a very thorough review of the recipe by breaking it down into set criteria and marking each one out of ten.

With her first Forever Nigella entry, Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes sent us some dainty lavender madeleines, which she had adapted from Nigella's rosebud madeleine recipe. These look lovely Jen.

Hannah from Parkinson's Pantry turned to her copy of Nigella Express for her first Forever Nigella entry, and cooked up Pollo Cacciatora, a dish that makes her think of warmer weather and outdoor dining albeit with a fleece on.

Our final entry for April comes from Nazima from Working London Mummy, with her very tempting ricotta hotcakes with poached rhubarb. These look absoloutely gorgeous and I fully intend to make them myself.

Thank you very much to everyone who sent me their lovely spring and Easter themed goodies. What a scrumptious array it was. Thanks also to Sarah at Maison Cupcake for allowing me to host. It has been fun! Next month's Forever Nigella will be hosted by the lovely Nelly of Nelly's Cupcakes, who has invited everyone to send her their Jubilee themed creations.



  1. What a delicious roundup. Love how you served your sponges. Hope to find time to join in this month.

  2. oh my god I totally forgot to enter... no worries though, the Jubilee one is a goer for me!

  3. Brilliant to see all the entries together! Thanks so much for hosting!

  4. A lovely round up Lucy, some really yummy entries. I love the flower shaped custard creams. Thanks for signalling the way over to Nelly :-)

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