With an emphasis on simple recipes and stress-free entertaining, Nigella Lawson proves that no matter the occasion, food should always be pleasurable.

Nigella says, “It’s all about the ease and comfort of food. It’s also about the process of cooking itself – showing how it can provide pleasure and calm in an ever more stressful world.”

Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner with family or a large party with friends, Nigella’s delicious, crowd-pleasing menu is sure to put your mind (and hands) at ease.

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Lentil and Chestnut Soup

Soup is the perfect way to greet your guests when they come in from the cold. This creamy, nutty soup chock full of hearty vegetables will really hit the spot.

Warm Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

This restaurant-worthy salad combines warm spiced cauliflower mixed with harissa-spiced chickpeas and tomatoes. They are placed on a bed of fresh parsley leaves then sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for the finishing touch. Nigella suggests crumbling in some feta for a hit of salt and creaminess.

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Potato and Pepper Bake

The perfect side to a meat-filled main: Yukon gold potatoes are covered in roasted red peppers, oil, and coriander seeds. Potatoes become soft and tender in the middle and crisp on the outside after they’re baked.

Georgian Stuffed Chicken

Roast chicken is a go-to for simple weeknight suppers and lavish dinner parties alike. This impressive dish features a butter-rubbed chicken filled with sour-sweet rice stuffing, which is then roasted to a golden, crispy perfection.

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Apricot Almond Cake with Rosewater and Cardamom

Reminiscent of her clementine cake from How to Eat cookbook, Nigella admits this is her idea of a perfect cake. Polenta, ground almonds, dried apricots and cardamom pods make the base of this elegant dessert. To decorate the cake, brush the rose petal jam and lemon mixture over top, and then sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

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