Forever Nigella 3 “Ciao Italia” round up

Fashionably late, today we have the round up of Forever Nigella 4 Ciao Italia entries.

It was never deliberately planned that I would host Monthly Mingle and a busy event of my own at the same time!

I must confess that after all the visiting and commenting on entries for both events (at the same time as being unwell) and compiling the Mingle round up at the start of this month, I needed a week before I could face doing another one…

The picture above was one of my personal favourites, you’ll have to scroll down to see who it was by.


My delightful friend Guilia of Juls’ Kitchen was judging Ciao Italia, you’ll find out which entry she has declared the winner further down. I’m especially proud of Juls this week as she had an article about her native Tuscany published on the Jamie Oliver website.

Juls is also one of the creators of the highly impressive G2 Kitchen online magazine. If you’ve not seen this before you must take a look. It features work by lots of my favourite food bloggers and the beautiful content would give Donna Hay magazine a run for its money.

Juls and I first met at Food Blogger Connect. We’re both going again at The Hempel from 12-14 August this year. To see what is on this year’s programme and buy tickets visit the Food Blogger Connect website. I’ll be telling you more about my own involvement in the conference in the next few weeks.

But for now let’s prove that La Vita con Nigella e Bella and move on with the show…. so many of you trooped in with your biscotti, zabaglione, spaghetti, it’s quite a feast. Avanti!

Yen Bakery talks about the joy of dipping Chocolate Biscotti into coffee


Dom at Belleau Kitchen makes use of some chicken thighs in Pollo Cacciatora


Katie at Feeding Boys and a Fire Fighter treats her little ones to Mozzarella in Carrozza


As did Jo at Comfort Bites


Katey makes Lemon Polenta Cake inspired by a trip to Florence.


Antonia is entertained by Nigella’s description of the origin of puttanesca with this Slutty Spaghetti


Kelly at Domestic Goddesque has fond memories of exceeding the authorised booze allowance at a Sixth Form dinner party with Zabaglione


Sally at My Custard Pie has succeeded where I have failed for many years; she has made Involtini from aubergine… these have been on my “to-do” list for far too long and they look fantastic.


Michael at Me, My Food and I celebrates the arrival of spring with Pasta Salad Primavera


Jenny at Domestic Angel of the North takes comfort from bad news with Rigatoni al Pomodoro e Prezzemolo


LO81 at A Taste of My Life goes for simple but sublime Gorgonzola with Pears and Carmelised Nuts in Marsala… this is sending me hopping off down the road to buy gorgonzola as we speak…


Sidiqa at Spontaneous Euphoria celebrates 150 years of a unified Italy with this tricolore Chicken and Pasta dish


Chele at Chocolate Teapot tempts us with Chocolate and Frangelico Tiramisu served in individually glasses – of Nigella size proportions!


Michelle at Food, Football and a Baby introduces us to the Italian version of Baked Alaska featuring homemade panettone and lemon frozen yogurt


Jo’s Kitchen has served up a tasty sounding Fusilli with Chorizo and Peas


Anne at Anne’s Kitchen has thrown us Baci di Ricotta – in translation this means Ricotta Kisses. Let’s send them back to her – Mwar! Mwar!


Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog has made these chewy chocolatey Florentines


Ren at Fabulicious Food has made a dish with one of my absolute favourite varieties of pasta, Pappardelle with Butternut and Taleggio


and as if that wasn’t enough, Ren came back with pudding – this beautifully photographed Orange Amaretto and Polenta cake.


Jeanne at Cook Sister shares Olive and Onion Tartlets


Anne at I Heart Cupcakes deconstructs Irish Cream Tiramisu to make some oozey boozey cupcakes from a rather awesome cupcake mould


Lana at Bibberche tells an evocative story about sharing a meal with distant relatives in Serbia and foraging for chanterelle mushrooms


Helen at Fuss Free Flavours tells a tale of three carbonaras


Yummy Chunklet and her trusty companion Candleabra each whip up Pollo alla Cacciatore with cannellini beans


Josie at Cumin the Cupboard makes this amazing Italian Squid Ink Pasta with Sea Bass


To accompany your espresso, Cakes Crumbs and Cooking recommends these Italian Biscuits from How To Be A Domestic Goddess – I like the version she’s done topped with a Minstrel!


Cool Lassi(e) at Pan Gravy Kadai Curry has made Slut’s Spaghetti – presumably Nigella’s play on Puttanesca!


and finally, yours truly at Maison Cupcake kicked off Ciao Italia with these dinky Sienese Ricciarelli


This round’s winner…

Juls’ favourite entry was Katey’s Lemon Polenta Cake at Edinburgh Eats.

Here’s what Juls had to say:

It has been a hard decision, there were so many good recipes! Everyone managed to mix the most Nigella-ness with a great sense of Italian food and style, so it was difficult for me to choose just one winner: pasta, tiramisu, chicken cacciatore style, biscotti… everything was so appealing!

But it was my task, so… I couldn’t help but coming back often to Katey’s recipe, Lemon Polenta cake, conquered by the flavours and summery aromas you can breath there! Born to use leftover lemons, it makes the best out of them. The use of rosemary along with lemon is very Tuscan style, so very appreciated by a Tuscan country girl as I am! Congrats!

Katey wins a bundle of Eat Pray Love goodies; DVD, book and CD soundtrack. Well done Katey, I’ll be contacting you to arrange delivery of your prize.

Forever Nigella 4 Street Party!

Don’t forget… Forever Nigella 4 is open for entries now. This round’s theme is “Street Party” in honour of the royal wedding and runs until May 1st. You can enter any Nigella recipes for party food, especially things suitable for big groups of people.

Our current host and judge is Mardi at Eat Live Travel Write. For more details and to see the FOUR fabulous Nigella Express party dishes she’s kicked us off with, read the current announcement post here.

I will be sending to whoever Mardi deems to exude the most Nigella-ness this limited edition Emma Bridgewater tea towel with Matthew Rice illustration commemorating the William and Kate’s big day. This prize will be despatched internationally – hence its light weight!




  1. says

    Wow, I’m shocked but delighted – particularly considering how many beautiful entries are in this round. Thanks Juls & Sarah! Great round up – am feeling pretty inspired by these entries!

  2. says

    What a beautiful round up!! So many things to try out, and I love the squid ink pasta dish… my Italian pal used to make it all the time, and we loved the high contrast colours… beautiful.

    Thanks for hosting Sarah, and looking forward to the next one.

  3. says

    Another great round-up with even more things to put on my mile long list 😉 thanks for doing this and hope you’re feeling better now.