“Crabby” Chocolate Croissants from Nigella Express & why cooking can change your life

7 Feb

My love affair with Nigella’s recipes is legendary. I already have all her popular cook books and by the end of April this year, I will have added another one of her books to my ever – burgeoning collection of books. My poor book case in groaning under the weight of so many books and soon I would have to buy a new one or build a make shift one to accommodate the new ones.

On back to the point of this post. In this post, I share Nigella’s Cheat’s chocolate croissant. When I watched the video, I couldn’t believe making a croissant could be this simple. Well they are cheat’s croissants and so they had to be quick and hassle -free. This year, I hope to undertake the real croissant challenge working my way through the layers of pastry sheets and tubs of butter.

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When I made mine, they turned out to be slightly different looking as compared to Nigella’s.  Says a lot about my incredible crafting abilities. My chocolate croissants looked like crabs heavy in the middle after a large meal. But, but , but, they were enormously delicious! Isn’t that what we want at the end of it all. So I thought I should rightfully call these croissants “Crabby” ( only in the way they look and not crabby- mood inducing)

Step-by-step instructions

Step-by-step instructions

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For the recipe you could see this incredibly engrossing video of Nigella doing her cheat’s chocolate croissant for Nigella Express.

Usually I am a very keen cook and I love spending time in the kitchen dishing out home made meals. But off – late, I am all about lazy cooking and cheat’s meals. Guess its the weather in Bahrain that is making me snuggle up on my couch and eat whatever I can lay my hands on. It was then I came upon this very interesting video my Micheal Pollan ( Fantastic , fantastic author of the book called “Cooked“) To anybody who enjoys to read about now culture intersects with food and behavioral patterns, this book is for you. 

I want anyone who is reading this blog to watch this video with all the care and attention you can. In here, Micheal Pollan stresses why and how cooking can change your life! It completely transformed my perspective about how powerful it is to take control of what we eat and feed our families. Learning how to cook and/or applying ourselves in the kitchen can result in long term health and other benefits.

 

C2Michael Pollan’s empowering thought process sure had enough pull to get me off the couch and start cooking again instead of reaching out for comforting / addictive packets of food that are so easy to make. Hope it makes you all who don’t cook enough at home, sit up and make that conscious promise to cook and eat healthy.

Next weekend, I have my favourite comfort food – Couscous and vegetables – that I will cover on my blog. Make sure you come back for this healthy couscous recipe. Take care and happy weekend, all!

9 Responses to ““Crabby” Chocolate Croissants from Nigella Express & why cooking can change your life”

  1. Bulbul February 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Looking forward to cous cous and veggies. It is healthy, light and a good replacement for rice

    • Anita Menon February 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

      It is indeed. I am addicted to couscous

  2. monikamanchanda February 7, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    croissants look lovely and that video is brilliant

  3. Muna Kenny February 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I’d love to have one, actually two :) … That video was fun to watch and so true!

    • Anita Menon February 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      It is wonderful video and quite an eye opener in a fun kinda way. Thanks for dropping by Muna

  4. Chai a Cup of Life February 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I totally agree with what he says in the clip about if you cook the food at home (like French fries) you are less likely to eat it often because it takes so long! I love your croissants because they look simple and delicious. A few years ago my office had a speaker come and talk to us about nutrition. She was french and she talked about how the French eat everything, sweets and all. something like a croissant they used 3-4 ingredients and compared it to a chocolate bar which has about 10 I ingredients.
    Anyway, sorry to ramble! In saying this the past 3 days was so I ate out everyday. Now back to the routine of home cooked food :-)

    • Anita Menon February 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your experience about the French speaker. It is quite interesting to know and startling too!
      Home cooked food is the best -sorta food

  5. Deena Kakaya February 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Oh Anita, I let out a sigh and sunk into my chair just looking at those! Yumxx

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