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February Dish of the Month – Cooking with Nigel Slater

We had an incredible start to Dish of the Month in January, a big thank you from me and Sue at A little bit of heaven on a plate to all who took part.  The full round up of the recipes from January can be seen HERE.

 Dish of the Month is a blog event to celebrate the recipes of the generous and charming, Nigel Slater. I’m cooking my way month by month through The kitchen diaries II, however you can make any dish from any of Nigel’s books or use the online recipes. The full rules are shown below.

For my February Dish of the Month I have chosen Nigel’s Little apricot and oat cakes which he describes as “a cake with backbone, not to mention an interesting texture which comes from rolled oats and dried apricots”.  The recipe is in the February chapter of The Kitchen Diaries II and I can highly recommend these little cakes, they are proper little buns and the finely chopped apricots and peel that they contain give them a nice tangy flavour.  They keep very well in a plastic container too.

If you would like to take part, then please:

  • Make a Dish of the Month from ANY recipe by Nigel Slater
  • Link to Farmersgirl Kitchen or A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate
  •  Use the Dish of the Month logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @serialcrafter or
    @Heavenona_plate and #DishoftheMonth and we will re-tweet it to our


  • If you own The kitchen diaries II please do not publish the recipes on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using recipes from the BBC Food website, please link to
    the recipe on BBC Food rather than publishing the recipe.  Likewise
    recipes on the Guardian Lifestyle website.
  • One entry per blog.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.

 Add your Dish of the Month to the linky below:


  1. belleau kitchen
    February 2, 2013

    gorgeous little buns… I do love the sound of the texture and will try these out… I have the book by my bedside and will be exploring Feb tonight! (god I live a glamorous life…)

  2. Susan heavenonaplate
    February 2, 2013

    very nice, I had my eye on these as they can be pretty much made from whats in the store cupboards. Here's to another great month of Nigel's recipes.

  3. Popraycakes
    February 2, 2013

    Just bought this fab book yesterday and skipped to march to make chocolate muscovado banana cake as too many ripe bananas in the fruit bowl ! Used green & blacks orange & ginger chocolate, cake was fabulous:-)

  4. Galina Varese
    February 2, 2013

    Fab! Sorry, I haven't taken part in the previous challenge, will try to do my best for this month

  5. Jane Willis
    February 2, 2013

    I've just got the book – I'm planning to read it up to the current date and then for the rest of the year read each entry on the appropriate day. I did that with volume 1 and it helped me to enjoy each entry as it was relevant to the food and climate of the date.

  6. Caroline
    February 2, 2013

    They do look good Janice – I'd been wondering what they were like as I've been browsing my Nigel Slater books. Glad to hear they're tasty!

  7. Karen
    February 2, 2013

    Time to get my books out again and see what I can make for this months challenge

  8. kellie@foodtoglow
    February 3, 2013

    Hi Janice, I will try and come to your Nigel party this month but if I don't I will enjoy reading what others have made. Hope you are well. Boo about your broken (chocolate) heart.

  9. Janice Pattie
    February 3, 2013

    Glad to hear everyone is still enthusiastic to join in with Dish of the Month. I would love to see how others get on with the Apricot Buns we were eating them all week, they were lovely.

  10. Marmaduke Scarlet
    February 6, 2013

    Enthusiastic? Janice, every day could be a Nigel Slater day! BTW, I am assuming that it is just one NS recipe a month? (!)

  11. Janice Pattie
    February 6, 2013

    Rachel – yes it's one recipe on the linky each month, thanks. I see you have the approval of the man himself!

  12. The Lone Gourmet
    February 22, 2013

    I resorted to KD2 just this week after decided that I must, must, must have lemon curd but I wasn't going to buy any. I knew I had a Slater recipe somewhere and thought it was in one of the earlier books, so I had to work my way through the lot before I found it in Kitchen Diaries II.

    A bit of googling showed that the recipe was first published in the Guardian in 2010 – all the accompanying text is the same too!

    My effort can be found on my Facebook page at

    I tweeted Nigel after to thank for him such a great recipe and was chuffed to get an encouraging reply from him.

  13. nyssapod
    February 23, 2013

    These little buns were already on my ever-increasing list of Nigel Slater recipes to try, but now I've seen how well yours turned out I'll definitely give them a go!

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