Thursday, 15 March 2012

Five things I love about Nigella

1. What is not to love about a woman who, when let loose to guest edit a lifestyle magazine, didn't choose some exotic far flung covershoot for herself but instead poured salted caramel all over her head? I attempted something similar at Prince William’s Commissioning Ball at Sandhurst, involving a chocolate fountain and my face – it’s not for the fainthearted.

2. Her command of the English language is second to none. Everything is unctuous, oozing and pungent. Recent tweets indicate that school children are now studying her recipe books as GCSE texts. While Jamie Oliver runs around bastardising the English language with ‘Pukkas’ and ‘Wickeds’ (imploring us all to eat celeriac like it’s going out of fashion) and Gordon Ramsey turns the air blue with his language, Nigella teaches us to eat not only with the eyes and the mouth, but also with the ears. I commend her for it.

3. Her pantry is a wonder to behold (even if it is in a TV studio). Some women dream of walk-in wardrobes, I’m with Nigella, a much better use of the space is shelf upon shelf of fairy-lit ingredients just waiting to be chosen and worked into something wonderful.

4. She’s no food snob. While she is a wholehearted advocate of free range (Delia take note!) and organic, and her recipes are peppered with the occasional bouquet garni and slosh of Noilly Prat, in the last week I have come across recipes using Mars bars, Coca-Cola, peanut butter and even Smash as their main ingredient. She doesn’t apologise for it either. As she says herself "I doubt I will ever become someone who habitually bakes her own bread...but there is something between grindng your own flour and cooking only for special occasions.". I recently rang The Oracle (my Ma) in a flap about making pastry and she asked why on earth I’d want to bother – just buy a pack of Jus-Rol. Is that allowed I thought? Apparently when you have been cooking for years it’s ok to cheat, who knew? How refreshing.

5. The woman isn’t afraid of food (or booze for that matter) and as such is a great role model. She practices what she preaches, eats well and looks fantastic. Look at her shiny hair and beautiful skin! She’s been heard to quote “Everything in moderation, including moderation itself” and an aside in her drinks recipies states that a single mesure of spirits is 25ml but she uses 30ml on the premise that more is more. I would like to take her to the pub and buy her a drink (or three!).

10 comments:

Poorhouse said...

We've recently got into Jus-Rol garlic bread. The packet is amazing, a kind of self-destructing can that releases the garlicky triangles (this must be why it costs so much, but it is like paying for magic).

Luckily they also taste nice on a good day, although I note a large variability in garlic content.

Anonymous said...

girly I love this so far so keep it going, my interest in food is much the same... hils x

Katastrophy said...

Thanks for the encouragement, it's nice to know I'm not just talking to myself :) xx

Michael Toa said...

Great post! I love Nigella too. She's the best!

Mozart's Girl said...

Really enjoyed this post & it looks as though you have a beautiful new blog for me to follow! I adore Nigella too...she is a woman's woman I think, for all her gorgeous sexiness. Someone you'd love to have a girly lunch with. And her recipes are nothing short of brilliant! have a great weekend...Rachel

Anonymous said...

brilliant blog and couldn't agree more ... Nigella is the bees, the dogs and all other natural comparisons one could conjure up!

Let's have more of the same from you Kat :)

Off to cook now ... Jayne

Katastrophy said...

Thank you so much, I love her, she can do no wrong! I hear she has new book out soon, can't wait!

Katastrophy said...

Ah thank you, that's really kind. She is indeed the bee's knees, and with that off I go to do some cooking as well...

Katastrophy said...

Cheers Michael! She is indeed :)

Katastrophy said...

Oooh yum, you can make for me next time I come and play yes? :)