Nigella Lawson isn't going to let jet lag stand in the way of making Easter dinner this year. The cooking empress is currently hanging out in the land of sun and finger limes, but she's returning home from New Zealand just in time to put a traditional lamb in the oven.
Since she doesn't "go in for complicated recipes," Nigella says she's confident in her abilities to pull off a traditional Easter dinner while bleary with jet lag.
"I always like to get the maximum amount of pleasure from my food, and that means thinking about what I might cook long in advance of actually cooking it," she writes.
The frontrunner for her Easter dinner this year is an herbed leg of lamb, a very traditional choice she describes as "verdiglorious," because of how amazingly green it is.
For those who don't want to do lamb, Nigella suggests an equally traditional spiral ham simmered in a slightly less-than-traditional bath of Coca-Cola.
"And yes, of course I'm going to suggest my Ham in Coca Cola: it never grows old," she says.
The Coca-Cola ham is certainly easy enough to pull off while jet lagged. You could probably do that part in an Instant Pot without much trouble. And Nigella says only people who have never tried her Coca-Cola ham raise an eyebrow at the idea, pointing out that an Easter ham leaves excellent leftovers for breakfast with eggs the next morning.
On top of lamb and ham, Nigella's focusing her Easter thoughts on baking (her traditional hot cross buns are on the menu). I'm particularly interested in the pear, pistachio, and rose cake she recently added to her website.
Nigella says the one Easter dish that is a firm tradition in her house is her Easter Egg nest cake, a flourless chocolate cake filled with chocolate cream and topped with mini Easter eggs. It's really cute. It definitely looks like something the kids would go wild for. Nigella says that even if she wanted to stop making that cake at Easter, her family wouldn't let her — and that's really the sign of a successful holiday dish.
If you're celebrating Easter, what do you plan to cook?