Nigellissima - An Italian Inspired Christmas

Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

The manufacturers of goose fat, semolina and maple syrup paused to give thanks at Christmas 2012, as the sales-boosting Nigella effect came into play following this Nigellissima buffet party inspired by Venice.
Runners and riders for the sell-out top spot include the radicchio used in a crisp “Renaissance salad”, the Italian sausages that, with cranberries steeped in Marsala, go to stuff a turkey breast, and the espresso powder in a cappuccino pavlova. She also makes spelt pasta baked with potatoes and brussels sprouts.

About this programme

Nigella Lawson travels to Venice to soak up the atmosphere and gain inspiration for dishes for a Christmas party with an Italian twist. Back in the UK, she creates a tasty buffet menu for her guests, preparing a Venetian cocktail served with quick and easy canapes including Parmesan shortbreads and panettone stuffing squares. Nigella's take on the traditional roast bird is turkey breast stuffed with Italian sausage and marsala-steeped cranberries, served with salad and Brussels sprout pasta. Guests are treated to desserts including a marshmallow cappuccino pavlova and a Christmas pudding cake adorned with chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.

Cast and crew


Nigella Lawson


Dominic Cyriax
Executive Producer
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer
Jennifer Fazey