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Dish of the Month Round up – a year of Nigel Slater Recipes

Last Christmas I recevied a copy of Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries II, my friend Sue, of A Little Heaven on a Plate fame, is also a fan of this book and we resolved to cook from the book every month and to make sure we actually did it, we created a blogger challenge, and so Dish of the Month was born! As everyone may not own Kitchen Diaries II we opened up the challenge to any recipe by Nigel Slater, and there are many freely available online.

We never intended that it should run for more than a year so this is the end of the line for Dish of the Month. First I am going to share the round up of the December entries:

London Busy Body has gone all festive and offers us A Partridge in a Pear Tree as a Dish of the Month. It looks amazing and comes highly recommended.

Sue made this gloriously thick and creamy Sweet Potato Soup for her final Dish of the Month.

I made Mincemeat Hotcakes which were easy to make and surprisingly tasty especially with some butter slathered on them hot and straight from the pan.

I’ve loved co-hosting this challenge with Sue, but all good things must come to an end. I hope you will all keep cooking the recipes of Nigel Slater. I got a copy of Eat this Christmas and, no doubt I will be sharing some of the recipes with you, just not as Dish of the Month.

As a final hoorah, I thought I’d choose my favourite Dish of the Month from each month of the year.

January Dish of the Month – Slow Cooked Shetland Lamb from Elizabeth’s Kitchen

February Dish of the Month Carrot and Coriander Fritters from Marmaduke Scarlet

March Dish of the MonthCoffee Cake from Belleau Kitchen

April Dish of the MonthParfait of Lemon and Orange from A little bit of Heaven on a Plate

May Dish of the MonthLamb Flatbreads from The New Mrs P

June Dish of the MonthSmoked Salmon and Cucumber Dip/Spread from Lavender and Lovage

July Dish of the MonthMixed Tomato Chutney from Fab Food for All

August Dish of the MonthSmoked Haddock Chowder with Leeks and Sweetcorn from Foodie Quine

October Dish of the Month Spelt and Cider Loaf from Food Jam

Many thanks to everyone who has taken part, it’s been such a pleasure to see what you made each month. Remember you can see all the dishes cooked for Dish of the Month all year on our Pinterest Board.



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    December 29, 2013

    A lovely round up of a fantastic challenge! Thank you for choosing my dish from January's round up for your finale – that is such an excellent dish and I always roast my lamb like that now – in fact, we had that very dish (with local veg) for our Christmas dinner! All the best for 2014 Janice xx

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    belleau kitchen
    December 29, 2013

    lovely round-up… I did enjoy taking part so much, an excellent challenge.. are you going for another book by another author for 2014? You should!, thanks for naming me Dish of the Month for March, I feel like we need a calendar!

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    December 29, 2013

    Oh well done Janice and everyone who entered. There are some wonderful looking recipes in that round-up. I do like Nigel Slater and really intended to submit more than the one I actually managed. Haven't used my mincemeat yet, so think I might make those mincemeat hotcakes very soon.

    Hoping you're enjoying the general festivities and I wish you the best for 2014.

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    Galina Varese
    December 30, 2013

    Many thanks for including me in your round-up, Janice! I am flattered. My big plan is to try duck legs in red cabbage for new year's eve, as from Nigel's latest recipe in the Observer. Hope you will pick another author for 2014.
    And happy new year to you! mwah!

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