Nigellissima: Nigella Lawson Meringue Gelato Cake.

Nigella Lawson Meringue Chocolate cake.

Nigellissima: Nigella Lawson Meringue Gelato cake.

I have been obsessed with Nigella Lawson for some time now.  In my mind’s eye we are kindred spirits, sisters, BFFs.  Despite her recent personal problems, this domestic goddess deserves respect and admiration for all she has accomplished.  Her recent book Nigellissima ($23-$35 US), is an homage to my culture and heritage.  I simply love the book and her easy to make Italian inspired recipes.  Her recipe for Meringue Gelato Cake, caught my eye.  I was instantly transported to a small Cafe in Rome where my husband and I had our first taste of authentic Italian Gelato.  This “cake” is so simple to assemble, you can whip it up in the morning before breakfast and serve it proudly in the evening after dinner.

First order of business, heat of any kind is not needed for this “cake”.  All that is required is a free space in your freezer.

Nigella Lawson Meringue Gelato Cake Recipe:

  • 1¼ cups of whipping cream.
  • 1 ounce of cold dark chocolate (cut into pieces with a knife).
  • 1 tablespoon of Liquor of your choice (Rum is Nigella’s choice) I see Amaretto as a comparable substitute.
  • 4 oz. prepared Meringues crushed roughly in the batter.
  • A loaf pan lined with cling wrap for easy removal.

Whip the cream to stiff peaks, fold in the chocolate pieces, rum and crushed meringues.  Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.  Hai finito (you are done).

Nigella provides exact measurements for this dessert, but I find it unnecessary being that this “cake” really does not require any baking.  Add more (I often do) or less depending on the recipient crowd you will serve.  My eldest son could eat this enter batch in two days time and not gain a single pound, fortunato (lucky…yes I speak Italian).

Nigella serves this with raspberries and freshly made chocolate sauce, but I cannot burden myself with making everything from scratch.  Trader Joe’s offers a lovely organic chocolate flavored syrup for my drizzling convenience.  For a little American Fourth of July flare, try adding blueberries along with the raspberries.  Clever?  I thought so.

Trader Joe's Organic Chocolate Syrup.

Trader Joe’s Organic Chocolate Syrup.

Nigella Lawson’s book Nigellissima can be found in Barnes and Nobles and online at

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you crave fast and delicious Italian food, Nigellissima is your answer.  This “cake” is one of the most made desserts in my house.  Of course you can tweak it anyway you wish, just as long as you enjoy the end results as passionately as any self-respecting Italian would.  Lipstick is not required, as it will only be removed or eaten.  So loosen up the belt buckle, you are in for a delectable ride.  Happy Fourth of July to all!!!

Be well and stay safe.


Makeup goes to the kitchen!

Let’s face it, this woman and her little army of men cannot live on Makeup alone.  I do venture to the kitchen every night to cook for my “Kings” in the making.

My boys LOVE fish, however I do not enjoy cooking fish all that much.  The smell seems to linger in every crevice in my house.  The odor embeds itself in the most incredible places: my hair, clothes, dish towels, curtains, and even on my dog!  So what is a woman to do to offset this love/hate relationship?  Discover new recipes for SHRIMP, of course!  I know shrimp is not all that complicated to prepare, but a variety of recipes/presentation of these lovely crustaceans is sure to please the “I’ve seen and ate it all” crowd.

Fish meal fit for many "Kings."

Makeup goes to the kitchen.

Those of you familiar in the culinary arts, will spy some salmon in this shot.  My youngest little King Farouk is highly allergic to shellfish, so to appease his fishy cravings, I thoughtfully prepare a healthy serving of salmon for his feasting pleasure.  These dishes are so fast and easy to make, you will find yourself adding them to your weekly menu.  Let me preface this by saying, I believe in “preheating” my oven by turning on the broiler…you’ve been warned!

Salmon Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven on a low broiler setting/have a non-stick ceramic pan on hand to sear the salmon.
  • Rub extra-virgin olive oil all over the salmon fillet (keep the skin on)
  • Season the salmon to your liking (salt and pepper).
  • Sear the salmon fillet, skin side first, in the pan on each side for 4-5 minutes
  • Place the seared salmon on a flat sheet and broil it for 7 minutes keeping a close eye on it throughout.
  • You are done!

Shrimp Wraps Recipe:

  • Preheat oven on a high broiler setting.
  • Wash and dry the shrimp and drench them in olive oil.
  • Season with pepper ONLY..they are naturally salty.
  • Broil them for 7-12 minutes (on each side) depending on the size…larger shrimp (21-25) need longer to cook.
  • Let the shrimp cool and wrap a thin strip of Proscuitto (imported..please) around each shrimp.
  • Arrange them in a platter and grate some lemon rind over these lovelies.

Shrimp Kabobs Recipe:

  • Same as the first four steps of the Shrimp Wraps.
  • Place four or five shrimp on skewer sticks.  You can also add peppers, tomatoes, an alternating garnish between each shrimp.

Serve with any sauce of your liking.  Tarter sauce always seems to be a hit.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this meal took such a short time to prepare, yet has enough presence to please all the senses!  All the extra time and energy gained from assembling this meal, would be ideally suited for makeup application.  Oh yes, makeup always weasels its way into my routine.  Be well and stay safe.

-M- (all recipes are mine)

Even my Yoshi is looking for some fish!

Even my Yoshi is looking for some fish! I do give him the occasional shrimp behind my husband’s back.