On Sunday I finally got round to trying a couple of recipes from Nigella Express. We started bright and early(ish) with pancakes. The book has an excellent recipe for homemade instant pancake mix: you mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and vanilla sugar up and store it in a big container. Then whenever you feel the urge to have pancakes, you can simply measure out 150g of the dry ingredients, and mix in an egg and some milk. We made one batch of pancakes (some with chocolate chips) and we now have enough pancake mix stored in the cupboard for two or three more batches. The pancakes themselves are somewhere between thinner English pancakes and thicker American buttermilk pancakes.
In the evening it was pasta for dinner: linguine with chestnut mushrooms, thyme and lemon. I even bought fresh thyme, which is somewhat extravagant for me. I did alter the recipe a little: the book directs you to simply mix the mushrooms in with a mixture of oil, lemon juice and other seasonings. Something about eating raw mushrooms with pasta did not appeal to me, so I put the mixture in a hot pan for a couple of minutes before mixing them with the pasta. The end result was pretty tasty and I think I’ll cook this again later this week (because I have quite a lot of fresh thyme to use up!).