You can�t beat a summer pavlova recipe, especially a crisp-chewy meringue base, with nuggets of chocolate. The meringue provides an enticing layer beneath the cream and crimson raspberries.

Nigella Lawson’s chocolate raspberry pavlova

Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Pavlova Recipe - You can't beat a summer pavlova recipe, especially a crisp-chewy meringue base, with nuggets of chocolate. The meringue provides an enticing layer beneath the cream and crimson raspberries.

I love the original recipe, but in Australia the price of Amaretti biscuits is prohibitive, so I bastardized the recipe completely, ginger nuts, macadamais, Turkish delights were my substitutes for Amaretti biscuits, Brazil's and glacé cherries - it goes down a treat with nephews and nieces and work colleagues alike. I suggest trying both versions for a delicious Christmas gift treat.

Christmas Rocky Road

CHRISTMAS ROCKY ROAD It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s pleasures) but I thought they would benefit from some seasonal adjustment.

I know the potato salad I suggest is in culinary terms very un-American I resolutely believe, however, that potatoes are so much better dressed in oil and vinegar (but it must be good wine vinegar) than blanketed in mayonnaise.

Light Potato Salad

I know the potato salad I suggest is in culinary terms very un-American. I resolutely believe, however, that potatoes are so much better dressed in oil and vinegar (but it must be good wine vinegar) than blanketed in mayonnaise. (Photo: Meredith Heuer for

NYT Cooking: These baci di ricotta -- perfect kisses, hot, soft and melting -- are a surprisingly easy dessert. It's just a question of mixing the ingredients in a bowl (by hand) and then frying rounded teaspoonfuls of the batter in just under an inch of oil until you have some light, small, vaguely ball-shaped fritters that need no more than a powdery dusting with confectioners' sugar. Put a dish mounded with them on the table with coffee and watch them go.

Ricotta Kisses

NYT Cooking: These baci di ricotta -- perfect kisses, hot, soft and melting -- are a surprisingly easy dessert. It's just a question of mixing the…

Nigella Lawson's amazing cauliflower, chickpea and pomegranate salad - my new favourite easy lunch!

Nigella Lawson& amazing cauliflower, chickpea and pomegranate salad - my new favourite easy lunch!

Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Cheesecake

This is not the trad baked cheesecake that requires patience and lots of spare time. This is fresh, quick, simple and irresistibly scrumptious!

Mustard Pork Chops

Mustard Pork Chops

This is possibly the easiest route to a proper, filling and yet strangely delicate dinner.

Mughlai Chicken

Mughlai Chicken

I feel very strongly that you should use the moister brown meat, from the thigh, for this, but if you prefer breast meat, and it's a common…

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

This is not only the best way to start the day, but the best way to end it, too. You can make it even more of a meal by serving some refried beans alongside, but I love it just as it is. It also happens to be one of the greatest hangover cures around.

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