Thursday, 15 March 2012
Five things I love about Nigella
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!).