Thursday, 5 May 2011

Forever Nigella #5 - Salad Days

i am beyond proud to be hosting this months Forever Nigella challenge for the delightful Sarah at Maison Cupcake... I was a little worried that hosting two challenges this month may be a little over-kill but they're so completely on either end of the culinary spectrum I believe we have room for them both...

... over here in the UK we've had some incredible weather of late, so much so it's been hard to remember that it's still very much Spring... this much sunshine turns ones thoughts to hot Mediterranean beaches, BBQ's in the garden, pic-nics in the countryside, struggling to squeeze into last years swimming trunks and at last being able to walk around barefoot without people thinking you're bonkers.

It's also the time when food can finally become less heavy and stodgy; light soups replace stews, the grilled chicken replaces the roast and that vegetable side dish is replaced by a fabulous fresh salad... so let's turn to Nigella and be inspired by her salad recipes.

I've gone for an absolute classic, the Pea, Mint and Avocado Salad, taken from Nigellas brilliant How to Eat and can also be found on her website.

Here’s a reminder of the rules: Forever Nigella #5 “Salad Days”
Challenge: To prepare and blog any Nigella salad recipe
Deadline: Sunday, May 29 at midnight wherever you are.
 Round up: By the next weekend.

There are: 

No rules about how often you must take part
No rules about stuff being secret until certain dates
No rules that everyone cook exactly the same thing
No rules about not being able to submit to any other blog events – but do check it doesn’t contravene any rules the other guys may have.

But there are 3 rules: 

1. We want everyone to keep buying lots and lots of Nigella books so that she keeps writing them so you must NOT reproduce recipes verbatim as shown in Nigella’s publications. If you are sticking exactly to the original recipe, just tell us which book it was from and if available, provide a link to it on which publishes a lot (but not all) of her recipes. (You may also find some recipes on sites for some TV stations and newspapers).  Alternatively, you may blog an adapted Nigella recipe so long as you have changed at least two ingredients and write the directions in your own words. Tell us what you changed and why.
2. Publish your Forever Nigella blog post (in English) by the closing date including the latest Forever Nigella graphic and giving a link to this post and the Forever Nigella home page .  Your entry must have been published since the announcement post. You may only re-blog something from your archives if you republish it with the badge and links to this post before the deadline.
3.Email the details to me at  and please c.c. sarahATmaisoncupcakeDOTcom – I need your name, your blog name, a link to your post and a photo no more than 300 pixels wide. No billboard sized images please.

That’s it!

eat and of course, enjoy!

Don’t forget to tweet your post with the hashtag #forevernigella


  1. I love a monochromatic plate. It has the look of a high end restaurants sophisticated plating yet appealing enough that you want to dig right in. Good luck with both challenges I have my book and cake ready to make.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting, I can't wait to see all the entries start trickling in.

    Gutted to discover we might have met at Sainsbury's last night! (The event, not the supermarket!) Sadly my poorly boy kept me away this time.

  3. That is so cool you're hosting Nigella challenge this month!
    The salad looks fab Dom. Very Springy. Well I look forward to cooking (and eating) my entry.

  4. Salad? Bah, what happened to cake?

  5. Lol @ Choclette! I'm with ya! I'd wanted to take part in this month's challenge, but as my blog is a baking blog I'm not sure yet if I'll be participating this month or not. I do look forward to seeing everyone's amazing submissions though!

  6. Well, I am thrilled! I write an anti-baking blog--haha!--so I can't wait to get making some salads! :) Thanks, Dom.

  7. Well remember guys you can always do a fruit salad sitting atop a chocolate cake. Come on. Time to get creative!

  8. I haven't tried an event before, so I am relieved it is a salad, my baking can be hit and miss! I've made a salad today so will submit it, and hope I can follow all the steps re posting and emailing. I'm very excited:-) and slightly nervous. Jude x

  9. hey @ A trifle Rushed... don't be nervous, these challenges are a great way to join in with the blog community and a good excuse to write another blog post!... simply email me the link to your blog when you've done it and i'll take care of the rest, you could even just comment here and i'll keep an eye out for it ... good luck x

  10. Hmmmmmmmmm - just popping to the library ;0)

  11. Oh yeah, I am so in... but so many to choose from! May is gonna be a super healthy month for me it would seem!

    Blue Skies,

  12. ...martinis made with Hendrick's? totally dry with just a twist of lemon?

    ... martinis made with Boodle's and dirty as dirty can be?

    ... what????

  13. Will try to remember to do this during the week - I have a whole bed of rocket and parsley in the garden so should be able to come up with something from that. Well done for hosting the comp!

  14. Interesting competition, Im going to send the link to a cousin who is studying to be a chef.

  15. Wow!!Amazing post.thanks for sharing such a wonderful article!!


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