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BS: Nigella Seeds

Dave the Gnome 05 Jan 18 - 09:25 AM
Charmion 05 Jan 18 - 09:29 AM
Senoufou 05 Jan 18 - 09:33 AM
Dave the Gnome 05 Jan 18 - 09:37 AM
Senoufou 06 Jan 18 - 03:13 AM
Monique 06 Jan 18 - 04:35 AM
Jos 06 Jan 18 - 05:37 AM
Steve Shaw 06 Jan 18 - 06:25 AM
Dave the Gnome 06 Jan 18 - 08:01 AM
Senoufou 06 Jan 18 - 08:06 AM
Dave the Gnome 06 Jan 18 - 08:24 AM
Dave the Gnome 06 Jan 18 - 08:26 AM
Senoufou 06 Jan 18 - 08:34 AM
Gallus Moll 07 Jan 18 - 02:04 PM
Senoufou 07 Jan 18 - 02:43 PM
Donuel 07 Jan 18 - 07:42 PM
Jos 08 Jan 18 - 08:16 AM
Raggytash 08 Jan 18 - 08:50 AM
Senoufou 08 Jan 18 - 09:14 AM
Raggytash 08 Jan 18 - 09:22 AM
Dave the Gnome 08 Jan 18 - 09:36 AM
Steve Shaw 08 Jan 18 - 09:37 AM
Jos 08 Jan 18 - 10:23 AM
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Subject: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 Jan 18 - 09:25 AM

We have had all sorts of trends recently. Quinoa. Linseed. Chia. But I have now seen one that beats them all.

Nigella Seeds.

I am all for it. Imagine if we could all grow our own Nigellas. We would never have to cook again!

Steve Shaw. This is specifically aimed at you in more ways than one.

:D tG


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Jan 18 - 09:29 AM

I, too, have a jar of nigella seed in my spice drawer. One of my favourite Madhur Jaffrey recipes calls for it.

Anytime they find a Madhur bush bearing edible fruit or seed, sign me up for a bagful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Jan 18 - 09:33 AM

Haha! 'Love-in-a-mist' suitable for massed bedding...


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 Jan 18 - 09:37 AM

Eliza, shhhhh! Steve will getting all hot under the collar :-)

DtD


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 03:13 AM

I saw on TV fairly recently that poppy seeds can raise the levels of opiates in the blood and affect tests performed by the Police on drivers, and by employers etc. Angela Rippon (UK TV presenter and ex-News Reader) in 'Rip-Off Britain' demonstrated that by eating poppy seed bread, morphine was detectable in her blood sample.
I wonder what a surfeit of Nigella seeds would produce? Testosterone?


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Monique
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 04:35 AM

Lots of information here but there are many sites about it. In Morocco they wrap about a teaspoon of seeds in a small piece of fabric and they sniff it regulary when they have a stuffed up nose.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 05:37 AM

A surfeit of Nigella seeds could possibly result in a nasty case of 'fairylitis'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 06:25 AM

I tried quinoa once. I mean, what's the point of THAT!

Haven't tried Nigella yet. I'll give her a bell later. I like a woman who clearly never has to wash up.

I spotted a bag of amaranth in Waitrose the other day. I thought, hello, another bloody "superfood" but then I found out that it's been human nosh for at least 8000 years. I'm a Rice Crispies man myself (though never sneeze while you have a mouthful of them is my advice). I know a man who simply must have exactly twenty goji berries on his breakfast every morning for some mystical reason. I once smuggled several kilos out of the country to him. That could have taken some explaining at customs but nobody asked.

Now excuse me as I have to go in the shower to swarfega myself down and sandpaper my stubble.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 08:01 AM

Talking of superfoods I saw that linseed was included. Now, I always thought that rubbing your bag with linseed was a euphemism but I am not sure how Nigella helps...

:D tG


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 08:06 AM

Hahahaha! You sound a bit like the cartoon character 'Desperate Dan' Steve! Didn't he hammer his stubble back into his chin with a mallet?

We're dead common, us. I don't even know what quinoa is, nor amaranth, nor yet goji berries.
And there isn't a Waitrose anywhere near here. That's for posh people. We're Tesco, Lidl and Asda folk.

I'm not being catty or anything, but I've seen Nigella on TV, and while I'm sure she's a very nice lady and all that, I just can't see why men lust after her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 08:24 AM

Rubbing your bag? Spile clicker strikes again.

Rubbing your bat with linseed.

D


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 08:26 AM

It's probably just for her cooking, Eliza. Maybe her puddings?

:-)

D


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 08:34 AM

Hahahaaaagh Dave! I much prefer 'rubbing your bag' !!!

I told my husband the other day about Nigella's 'attractions' (He loves cooking programmes, and was watching her with interest) He nobly replied that he much preferred his own wife, and found her a bit scrawny and flat-chested. How loyal. But he did have his nose closer to the screen than was necessary, while a faint smile played around his lips...


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 07 Jan 18 - 02:04 PM

hooray, you are back Eliza!!!!!! (just hope none of the BOFs appear on this thread- - - )
happy New Year!
Gallus xxx


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 07 Jan 18 - 02:43 PM

Aye, ahm back again hen!
I'm just posting on non-contentious threads in the hope of avoiding arguments etc.
Happy New Year to you too!
Eliza XXXXXXX


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Jan 18 - 07:42 PM

To make your first million use my label on your product. Remember make no claims https://dcassetcdn.com/design_img/2306474/563014/563014_12081355_2306474_facf1ee8_thumbnail.png

I suppose you can say it is for nigella seeds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 08:16 AM

I tried eating linseeds once. It was like eating a freshly painted oil painting. I'd rather use linseed oil for painting, and eat sesame seeds, or Nigella seeds in my food, instead.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 08:50 AM

Personally I can't abide the way the bloody woman simpers at the camera .......... ugh!!

Add to this she wouldn't last 5 minutes in a professional kitchen I don't know why so many people seem to fawn over her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 09:14 AM

I much prefer those Hairy Bikers. They're delightful, very amiable and appreciative of local recipes when cooking abroad and I love their Geordie accents.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 09:22 AM

Again neither of them would 5 minutes in a professional kitchen. The one name that springs to mind is James Martin, now he CAN do it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 09:36 AM

I love their Geordie accents.

Dave is a Lancastian. You need to work on that accent recognition Eliza :-D

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 09:37 AM

No-one lasts five seconds in my kitchen. When I'm in there cooking I require no human presence whatsoever for the duration, and everyone knows it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 10:23 AM

I'm not so keen on the Hairy Bikers. I used to rather like the 'Hungry Sailors', but when father sailor made a programme about his wedding to his new wife in his French chateau with his family as the guests, the lovely son was nowhere to be seen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 10:30 AM

Ooops Dave! Hahaha!

My husband is an ace cook, but only African recipes, so when he's at it, the kitchen has to be evacuated. The steam from those Scotch bonnets and all the deadly chillis makes even the cats cough. The wallpaper turns orange, and even with the extractor fan on full blast it's impossible to breathe. I don't know how on earth he actually eats these Spicy Horrors, he must have an asbestos mouth.
He's not too keen on Jamie Oliver. He says he spits in the food when he's talking!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 10:44 AM

I can't watch Jamie Oliver's programmes. He has a way of shouting "Come ON!" that transforms me into a small child shivering on the edge of a sports field, being bullied by a sadistic P.E. teacher.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 01:33 PM

But his "Five Ingredients" book is unerringly good. And his recipe for spaghetti with prawns, lemon, chilli and rocket is my favourite pasta dish of all. Unlike with some cooks, you get the distinct impression that he's actually tried things out before publishing!

I've had a lot of good ideas from Nigella's books. She does seem to be getting more elaborate as the years roll on, and if I try to do elaborate I make mistakes!   I'm a big fan of Gino d'Acampo's books though not of the man. Another favourite of mine (and of Jamie's) is Gennaro Contaldo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 02:14 PM

My husband searches for rather exotic ingredients on Norwich market, such as okra (which he calls 'gombo') and yams ('en-yams') sweet potatoes and lumps of ginger. Not to mention several weird powders of various startling colours from the Bangladeshi family supermarket. (I once taught their children, who are now parents themselves!)

I on the other hand am quite a good 'traditional' cook. My specialities are pastries and cakes, pies and casseroles, roasts and puddings (very 1950's stuff), none of which, he says, have any taste at all.

I used to enjoy watching Delia Smith. Her cookery books and programmes are based on plain, wholesome traditional food. Boring to many, but right up my street. All one needs is good quality, fresh ingredients.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 02:36 PM

You are enough in Norfolk aren't you Eliza? Can you not try him on some hot mustard that they are famous for in that neck of the woods? You could combine a traditional roast with hot mustard and horseradish:-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 02:54 PM

He's tried mustard Dave, and it was as nothing in his mouth. (I like mustard myself) He also lobs tons of salt into his concoctions, not to mention gallons of oil, which must be bad for his health.

Our famous Colman's Mustard is closing down apparently, after 160 years in Norwich. :(

Fanny Cradock and her henpecked husband Johnnie opened the Mustard Shop in Bridewell Alley in 1973, for tourists to buy trinkets connected with the Colman's mustard factory.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 03:45 PM

It was when I was trying to cook from a Fanny Craddock recipe back in the 1970s that I realised one doesn't need to follow recipes exactly. Precision is over-rated. I no longer remember what the recipe was - possibly something Christmassy - but I remember that it included 12 ? ounces of black treacle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 03:49 PM

That "12 ?" should be "12 3/4 [i.e. three-quarters]"
(I'm sure mudcat posts used to be able to cope with such symbols)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 04:01 PM

I cook as my mother did Jos. She flung a bit of this and a lump of that in, and never weighed or measured anything. Her food was always gorgeous. With a little experience, one knows just how much or how little to add to the mix.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Jos
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 04:39 PM

We did measure some things, Eliza, but the measures were simple and made sense - bread was 2 pounds of flour to a pint of liquid, with fresh yeast, and the salt was the amount that fits neatly in the middle of your palm. Nothing digital. Any weighing was on a balance scale, with a dish on one side and weights on the other - no possibility of it going wrong. (But useless for weighing treacle accurately to the nearest quarter-ounce.)
To keep on topic, I don't remember using Nigella seeds except to produce more love-in-a-mist flowers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 05:15 PM

We have Nigella in our garden and it self-seeds liberally around the place. Very attractive, and good for flower-arranging.

When I was at Grammar School we had 'Domestic Science', and I remember many a battle with Miss Hooper about accurately weighing the ingredients for, say, a Victoria sponge on those little scales-with-weights. She must have groaned inwardly poor woman when I piped up yet again, "My mum doesn't bother, miss!" I have to say (boasting) that my sponges were always the best out of the whole class! (and my pastry!)

I have to avoid seeds/nuts in food somewhat as some of my teeth can't always cope with them...


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 05:33 PM

Is it true that Johnny once said "I hope your fairy cakes turn out like Fannies"? :-)

Dave the (very childish) Gnome


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 05:37 PM

Hahahahaha Dave!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 05:38 PM

It was doughnuts, Dave. Think about it


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 Jan 18 - 10:30 AM

To obvious, Steve. I think the beeb would have had to switch to the potters wheel the instant it happened ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nigella Seeds
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 10 Jan 18 - 02:30 PM

It was going out live, Dave!


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