Friday, 23 April 2010

Nigella Quick Collection App!

Dear Santa, please bring me an iphone so that I may try some of these fantastic apps that are coming out these days. Also, please let me look as sexy as Nigella as I am holding my new phone. And if I didn't have to wait until Christmas... even better.
Hey, you know what Mother's Day needs? Yup, some sort of Santa - besides the husband.
Am I the only one who makes out a list every year? Not to give to the kids, of course. To them I am all selfless and their presence is present enough... yada, yada, yada... but to hubby goes the real wishlist. Hey, Christmas was four months ago, and my birthday is a whopping five months away.. I have to milk these holidays for all I can.

I love the idea of the apps, Natalie MacLean has one that reads barcodes in the local liquor stores. How cool is that?

Now that Nigella has an app, clearly I need an iphone.. and one of those ipads.. even though I am not quite sure what they do.. but I am pretty sure I need one.
Nigella Quick Collection is a groundbreaking cooking app for iPhone and iPod touch that brings together exclusive recipes with unique video and audio features alongside cutting- edge technology designed to make a busy life easier and bring Nigella’s advice and inspiration to users everywhere.

I had the opportunity to try one of the recipes from Nigella's Quick Collection app. Delicious and easy, Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Two Cheeses. This app would be great for figuring out what to make after working all day.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Two Cheeses
By Nigella Lawson, from the Nigella Lawson Quick Collection Application

Funnily enough, although I seem to be cooking pasta for my children on a permanent loop, I don’t have it for supper myself that often. It’s not that I don’t like it: rather, I like it too much. So it’s always a treat, but this pasta is a particular one, a top-treat, good for a supper to lift the spirits after a long working day or in front of Saturday night telly.
Although this dish was inspired by a long-ago torn-out recipe from a magazine (long-ago lost too!), it has been fiddled with over the years, so I am not sure that it is very faithful to the original.

2 tbsps garlic oil
250g cherry tomatoes, preferably on the vine
2 tbsps dry vermouth (or white or rosé wine)
250g pappardelle pasta
75g St Agur or other soft blue cheese
25g Parmesan flakes
1–2 tbsps chopped chives
good handful of basil leaves
freshly ground pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425 F. Heat a large pan of water for the pasta.
2 Put the oil into a small, deep roasting tin and add the little tomatoes, without any attached stem. Shake to coat as best you can.
3 Pour the vermouth or wine over them and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, by which time some of their redness will have seeped into the oil.
4 Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, then drain it and toss into the hot cooked tomatoes still in the tin.
5 Crumble in the blue cheese, then toss in the flakes of Parmesan and keep stirring until the cheeses melt into the pasta.
6 Add the chives and some pepper to taste and decant into 2 bowls, tossing most of the basil leaves through in each bowl, but topping with a few.

Serves 2 for a greedy supper

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Two Cheeses by Nigella Lawson from the Nigella Quick Collection Application Copyright © 2010 by Nigella Lawson. Excerpted by permission of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

A few of the hot features include:

• More than 40 minutes of audio and video content, including tips and recipe demonstrations
• Search and browse the recipes by chapter, book, mood, or what’s in your fridge
• Bookmark favorite recipes and add notes by text or voice
• Use voice control to email a recipe so it can be printed out and used later
• Use voice control to display a recipe’s next step, eliminating the need to touch the device with sticky fingers
• Let friends and family know what you’re cooking, or ask them to pick up ingredients at the store, using Facebook Connect and email
• Shopping list feature sorts the ingredients—from one or multiple recipes—into a handy list
• 70 recipes selected by Nigella, 10 of which are new and exclusive
• Browsable recipe cards—beautifully produced with full-color photographs

So Santa, what do you say? Hubby? Kids? Anyone?