15 brilliant Nigel Slater recipes from 2001 to today
To celebrate Observer Food Monthlys 15 th birthday, Nigel Slater shares his favourite dishes from 1,000 created for the magazine and others never seen before
Recipes have always been at the heart of OFM. They spring from the simple idea of enthusiastic cooks sharing notions, passing on a recipe they have constructed in the hope that others too might find it delicious. Over the years many of our recipes have come from professional chefs, others from cookery writers, home cooks, producers, growers, the occasional celebrity. Some of them have been mine. Virtually hundreds of thousands of if my maths is correct.
For this special birthday issue, I have brought together a collection of new recipes but among them you will find a few old favourites I have rethought. I have always enjoyed tweaking my own recipes, rethinking an earlier idea. Bringing a suggestion up to date, get a new view, introducing a different ingredient, dispensing with the unnecessary.
Our feeing doesnt stand still, so why should our recipes? Yes, there is always that trusty coffee and walnut cake we bring out at every opportunity( and so we should ), and a time-honoured classic is always worth repeating, but I celebrate that there is always a new take over a recipe waiting in the wings. The chance to revise, freshen and rethink can often be deliciously rewarding.
The recipes that follow, one for each of the magazines 15 years, have been huge fun to make. I hope there is something for everyone. The lamb roasted over flatbread has become a favourite at home, especially if you use quite thick flatbread, so the outside crisp and the inside soaks up the sweet, herby fat from the roasting meat. The lemon creme fraiche ice cream with warm crumble maintained me dipping into the freezer with my teaspoon for days. The artichoke bruschetta has become a new place to turning for lunch-at-my-desk.
So here are 15 recipes its a pleasure for me to share with you. Because sharing is what recipes are all about.