Forever Nigella 6 – Sea Fish and Eat It.

*UPDATED* you can now see the Forever Nigella 6: Sea Fish and Eat It Round Up in all of its glory.

I am thrilled to be hosting this month’s Forever Nigella blogging event. Not only am I a huge fan of Nigella Lawson’s food writing but I am ever so fond of Sarah as she once gave me a flapjack (I am that easy).

I had some awesome ideas about the theme for this month which had all been chosen by the other event hosts already *ahem* but having just spent a wonderful week by the sea in Cornwall I was inspired by the briny fayre to make this month a fishy treat. So our theme is Sea Fish & Eat It – a celebration of the sea’s bounty.

Clcik below to read my entry and how you can join Forever Nigella.

My entry is Nigella’s quick calamari with garlic mayonnaise but as I’m not much one for mayonnaise I have served it with my own salsa verde.

This is one of my favourite squid recipes and Nigella’s seasoning combo makes for an interesting twist on my usual flour, salt and pepper. She suggests using frozen squid for reasons of expedience but I get fresh from the fish stall at Winchester Farmers Market which is generally very good. I love making this for a Monday night supper; it may take a little preparation but it feels like lazy cooking to me.

The Rules Bit (concentrate):

Forever Nigella #6 “Sea Fish and Eat It”

Challenge: To prepare and blog any Nigella recipe using seafood or freshwater fish.

Deadline: Sunday, June 26 2011 at midnight wherever you are.

Round up: By the next weekend.


There are:

No rules about how often you must take part

No rules about stuff being secret until certain dates

No rules that everyone cook exactly the same thing

No rules about not being able to submit to any other blog events – just check it doesn’t contravene the other guys’ rules


But there are 3 rules:

1. Blog your entry by the deadline including:

a) the current Forever Nigella badge

b) a link to the Forever Nigella #6 Launch Post:

c) a link to the official Forever Nigella page at Maison Cupcake:


2. So not to breach Nigella’s copyright you must NOT reproduce recipes verbatim as shown in her books. If using an original Nigella recipe, tell us which book it is from and/or where we find it online (see most likely sites below).  If you’ve adapted the recipe in some way i.e. changed at least two ingredients or amended the method then it’s ok to publish the a recipe in your post but you MUST write the directions in your own words.


3. Tell us about your post by emailing me: katAThousewifeconfidentialDOTcoDOTuk  and please c.c. sarahATmaisoncupcakeDOTcom with:

a) your name

b) URL of your post

c) a photo no more than 400 pixels wide.

Remember to tweet your post with the hashtag #forevernigella – Sarah at Maison Cupcake will retweet all those she sees!

N.B. Your entry must have been published since the announcement post. You may only submit something from your archives if you republish it as a new post.


If you don’t have any Nigella books check out these resources online:

Nigella’s official site:

BBC Food:

Channel 4 Food:

UKTV Good Food Channel:

Food Network:

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  • Reply Dominic Franks May 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

    oh I love seafood!… this looks like a great challenge… I’m currently writing up the round-up from May and will include a link here…

    Best of luck… I’m exhausted and happy to hand over the baton!

    • Reply Kat May 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

      I am in denial about the amount of work awaiting me at the end of the month!

      Looking forwards to seeing yours later x

      • Reply Sarah, Maison Cupcake May 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

        You’ll be fine! Trick is to do it as they come in… if only I could take my own advice though!!

  • Reply Sarah, Maison Cupcake May 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Really looking forward to this one as it’s very different to any of the themes so far. Dying to pore over my Nigella books and decide what to make!

    • Reply Kat May 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you, I may have another, more leisurely, peruse and enter again myself.

  • Reply Introducing “Forever Nigella” blogging challenge | May 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    […] Each event has a theme and you can blog about any of Nigella’s recipes which fit in this theme. Each event lasts around a month with the deadline and theme publicised on the latest badge for the month. The current theme is “Sea Fish and Eat It” runs until Sunday June 26th. The current host is Kat at Housewife Confidential. For more details read the current announcement post. […]

  • Reply Janice May 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Looking forward to this, I love a bit of fish.

  • Reply Forever Nigella #6: Sea Fish and Eat It | May 30, 2011 at 7:02 am

    […] on over to Kat’s post to see what she’s rustling […]

  • Reply Sally - My Custard Pie May 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I won’t flounder with this theme – oops sorry..

    • Reply Kat May 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Ha ha ha, I bet you’ll be a dab hand :)

  • Reply Bea Parkin May 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh I love fish! Going to spend this afternoon with Nigella looking for the perfect recipe. This is what I love about challenges; I’m new to blogging and hadn’t come across your site before, I love all these new discoveries!

    • Reply Kat May 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Bea, thank you, I really like meeting other bloggers too.

  • Reply Michael Toa May 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Kat. How are you?
    What a great theme for this month’s challenge. I think I know what I’m gonna make :)
    Have a nice day.

    • Reply Kat May 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Michael,

      I’m great thanks, I hope you’re havign a good day too. I like how decisive you sound, I’m looking forwards to seeing your entry.


  • Reply A Trifle Rushed May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Wonderful theme, just wish it was next month when I’ll be back in Brittany. I’m going to “trawl” through my Nigella books for a great recipe, I’m sure there will be loads. Jude x

    • Reply Kat May 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Ooh, it would have been perfect in Brittany. I have to say I am impressed by the quality of the fishy puns going on here :)

  • Reply Michelle May 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Ooooh, I am totally in!! We love fish in our house, and I have loads of fish in the freezer that other half caught last summer. We have to finish it all up before fishing season next month :-)

  • Reply Phil Lowe May 31, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I work with fish and seafood at Tesco so feel I really must have a go at this. Such fishy fun! Found out about the challenges from Dom’s site.


    • Reply Kat May 31, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Lucky you, you must have a good selection to choose from then!

  • Reply Valerie June 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Hello Kat, I am a new visitor, and wanted to say hi, and this is a great feature. I have quite a few Nigella books, but I probably wont manage this one (I move to a new town on Friday, yikes). But I am looking forward to seeing other peoples creations.

    • Reply Kat June 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and good luck with the move!

  • Reply AmandaP June 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    This one is going to be a challenge since for the most part my household is vegetarian however I’m sure I can find some willing victims…I mean volunteers…to taste whatever I make!

    • Reply Kat June 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Does she have any recipes for veggie sushi with nori? A plant of the sea must count…

      • Reply AmandaP June 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

        I was trying to think about it from the angle, algae and all that yummy stuff. Maybe a green shake but so far haven’t found any recipes. I have a backup recipe just in case that I know my co-workers will eat :-D

  • Reply Janice June 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for hosting. Just going to tweet mine now!

    • Reply Kat June 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Exciting! Can’t wait to start pulling them together, I have a folder full of delicious emails.

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