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Nigella Lawson - live webchat - Tuesday 13th December 1 - 2pm

(265 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-Dec-11 15:09:12

It's time for our final Christmas cookery webchat, and you won't be disappointed.... We're thrilled that the domestic goddess herself, Nigella Lawson is joining us at MNHQ for a live webchat on Tuesday 13th december at 1pm.

Just as Cranberry-Queen-Delia caused a shortage of fresh cranberries, 1996 saw the sales of goose fat rocket after it was championed by Nigella as the essential Christmas cooking ingredient. So if you want to know how to make the perfect roast potato or discover the secret to a succulent turkey, join us next Tuesday or send a question in advance to this thread.

Ahead of the webchat, we've been given permission to share Nigella's recipes for cranberry sauce and chestnut stuffing, both from her book Nigella Christmas which is now out in e-book format.

I'm too awestruck to think of a question!

gazzalw Wed 07-Dec-11 15:16:04

Dear Nigella
We love you dearly and my wife is a fellow domestic goddess! However, I always equate you and your style of cookery with the 80's/90's and the Generation X years of plenty. Now that most of us are living a less glam, more pared down lifestyle (with children and less frivilous disposable income), can you give us a Christmas recipe that is equally tantalising and evocative of your signature style of cuisine but with fewer calories and less costly ingredients (as we can't all afford to shop at Waitrose or our local deli!).

rubyslippers Wed 07-Dec-11 15:16:40

Oh wow! Hi Nigella ...

Can you tell me what your favourite cook book is? Also, do you write in the ones you use? My most treasured cook books are the ones from my late grandma with all her notes on tweaking the recipes etc ...

BTW your molten baby cakes are my all time favourite dessert and the recipe is utterly fool proof

Nigella, I love your books. I don't often cook from them, but I love reading them in bed and imagining what I would cook if I had more time.

I'd like to make some sort of savoury nibble/biscuit in advance, so that I can offer it to any guests who drop by for a wee sherry! I once made very thin biscuits with, I think, Parmesan and carraway seeds, but I can't find the recipe anywhere. What would you recommend?

PS Nothing with dried fruit, please!

ahhyesiseeyouvepooedonyourfoot Wed 07-Dec-11 15:23:36

Ooo how exciting - and perfectly timed! Hi Nigella, I made your 'cranberry studded mince' recipe last night (v straight forward, phew) is it best to leave it to settle for a few days or will it be just as good if I crack straight on with cooking them in the pastry?

Bucharest Wed 07-Dec-11 15:57:28

Oh my lord.

Delia, Ed and now Nigella. <Bucharest's cup truly runneth over>

Nigella, you are responsible for me bidding on Devon Stockholm pots, having snowflakey ribbon shipped from the USA and eating Jane Asher out of golden stars, and dp complaining he is tripping up over fairy lights. Your Christmas book (alongside Delia's) is on my sofa from September onwards and dd and I drool over it. It's my favourite cookbook of all the gerzillions I have <licky slurp>

But why does my hokey pokey always melt into a sticky gloop after just one day? Am I really supposed to eat it all at once? <promises to try harder> Do I have to sneak down in the night and have one hand full of hokey poky while brandishing a lamb chop in the other?

Not really a sneaky other question, but your jumpers are lovely. Are they Brora?

thestringcheesemassacre Wed 07-Dec-11 15:57:37

Oh my Nigella what a fab guest.

Nigella, what's your death row meal? (an oldie but a goodie)

Mine would be a roast chicken and my mums Pavlova.

gateacre1 Wed 07-Dec-11 16:13:27

Nigella
We love, love your cookbooks and recipes
The fried/oven roasted gnocci are a revelation and one of our favourite meals!

Will you be doing any new TV cookery shows in the new year?

Indith Wed 07-Dec-11 16:14:09

Yes Bucharest! My hokey pokey just goes all sticky too! Why is that Nigella? If you can give me a reason and a fix before Christmas that would be fab otherwise family are going to end up with jars of sticky goo for Christmas presents. I'm sure I saw someone using glycerine or glucose syrup or corn starch or something (wasn't paying all that much attention but registered the added ingredient) on Kid in a Candy Store on TV once that made it much harder and more like the inside of a crunchie.

Since that is repeating Bucharest's question, can I ask, what do you use on your hair to make it be nice and sleek and wavy insteaad of just randomly kink? Dh has been known to sigh something along the lines of "do you think your hair would do that Indith?" Actually if you just sent him a signed picture featuring your hair and cleavage it would probably make his year [cheeky grin].

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Wed 07-Dec-11 16:16:29

<hyperventilates>
Nigella, your Malteser cake is like gold dust in this house, and dp is forever pestering me for your cinammon rolls. To ask a rather dull question for Christmas time, do you think cooking should be brought back into schools? It's only from talking to my friends that I realise most of my (relatively young) generation had no kind of cookery or budgeting lessons, and those who have learned to look later on have done so mostly through celebrity cookbooks. Nowt wrong with that obviously <glances at overly stocked recipe book shelf> but do you think it's a skill people are losing, and why is there such an assumption that cooking is time consuming and difficult?
And, again, thanks for the malteser cake recipe grin

Ilovepigs Wed 07-Dec-11 16:20:53

Nigella-

AN S.O.S from a desperate mum!!

Having our first xmas at home after years of going to the inlawshmm

So I have to cook my first ever xmas dinner<quaking in boots>

Please tell me your fool-proof recipe for suculent turkey-thanks!

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Wed 07-Dec-11 16:31:24

I love your books, and the way that you write. In particular, I love the chocolate birthday cake in your How To Eat book. I have made it so often for my boys, who are now 19 and 16, that it falls open at that page, and is very spattered and stained!

But the one recipe of yours that I really didn't like was your Ham in Coke. Yet other people here and in real life rave about it.

When I'd cooked it, the liquor was revolting. It smelt like petrol. I definitely didn't want to keep it to use in making soup! What do you think went wrong? ( I didn't use diet Coke, I used normal Coke)

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Wed 07-Dec-11 16:46:38

I'm awestruck!
Hi Nigella.
I'm doing goose for Christmas dinner this year and would like to know if you have a specific stuffing recipe to go with goose?
We love stuffing.

Also, could I just say that your everyday brownies from Kitchen are brilliant. I make them all the time.
Oh, also, can I have your house.
Thanks grin

drinkystinkyyuletidegubbins Wed 07-Dec-11 17:08:42

Nigella - Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease help. Like other posters, we're hosting Christmas this year - 9 adults and 3 kids - and your Christmas book has become my bible. Half of the attendees dont eat pork, the other half dont eat beef - we'll be doing turkey on chritmas day but any recommendations of a fabulous non-pork based stuffing? And any recommendations of a non-beef, non-pork main for boxing day buffet?

I don't believe it - THE REAL Nigella!!!

Have all your books and do lot's of stuff from them - even made Rudolph pie yesterday for a luncheon I did - went down very well!! A few recipes have adjustments that are needed for different ovens or our preferences.

I really have only one question - when would you like to come around for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper (any or all of the above)?

mrsmplus3 Wed 07-Dec-11 17:34:53

Hi Nigella,

I will be spending all day on Christmas eve preparing the Christmas dinner for the next day (feeding 11).
Once that's done, the last thing I will want to do at night on Christmas eve is start making a dinner for me, my husband and 3 kids for that night.

Can you recommend an easy but tastey meal we could all eat on christmas eve? We're not too fusy but kids wouldn't want anything too fancy either.
I'd be prepared to make a Christmas eve meal on the 23rd though if that's any help to you?

Thanks in advance. Hope you have a wonderful time at Christmas and hope to see you on the telly again soon.

Mrs M

MistressofPemberley Wed 07-Dec-11 17:39:08

Nigella, I don't really have one single question for you, I just wanted to sycophantically fawn a little. You are my cooking and lifestyle idol.
I bought How to Eat as a treat for myself 11 years ago after my first 'proper job' interview. I love your style of writing; witty, erudite and so passionate. The book (now part of a huge collection) is still my most used and most read. Eleven years later, it has kept me company and held my hand through various slimming campaigns, dinner parties, evenings of eating on my own, Sunday lunches, baby weaning days and children's parties. It's an old friend- quite simply the best cookbook I've ever read. Thank you!

Geordieminx Wed 07-Dec-11 17:43:09

Hi Nigella;

Would you like to marry my Grandad? Apparently you are his ideal woman. He's 84 but looks good for his age grin

Blatherskite Wed 07-Dec-11 17:48:35

Nigella! <faints>

Your Ultimate Christmas pudding is what finally convinced me that home made is better than shop bought and actually worth the effort! I made the ham in cherry cola for our only ever Christmas at home too - 8 days after my C-section - and it was totally worth it.

For my birthday this year, I got the Fir trees bunt tin (well it's too late to get one for Christmas isn't it) and I'm going to make the Spruced up Vanilla cake to take to my in-laws on Christmas day. Any tips?

<wanders off to feed cake, pudding and self liberally with Pedro Ximénez>

LovesBloominChristmas Wed 07-Dec-11 17:51:01

Hi nigella

I see that my question is also about Xmas eve, I will be staying at my mums with dh and dd (3), I'd like to offer to do the food. I am capable of cooking all sorts however finances this year mean that it needs to be on a budget. What so you recommend? Btw my mum does not like spicy food and has quite traditional tastes.

Thanks and thanks for being someone on tv who cooks and genuinely likes tge food they cook.

bananamam Wed 07-Dec-11 17:55:51

Nigella!!! Awestruck...hiblush.....

What are YOU having for christmas dinner?...Also we are thinking of beef..just a simple roast, any way to to spruce it up? smile

Fab to have you on MN!!

ohmygoshandgolly Wed 07-Dec-11 18:58:39

Wow, Nigella!!! How exciting!

I love your 'Domestic Goddess' book. I even put on my flowery pinny to bake your cakes as it makes me feel more of a 1950s domestic goddess!

My favourite is the sticky gingerbread in the Christmas book.
So, which is your favourite, which cake would you have for your birthday?

anna26anna Wed 07-Dec-11 19:03:42

<starstruck , slips into the room and bags the last front seat for the Webchat>

I cracked the perfect Sunday lunch because of you, Nigella. (The gravy is on page 277 of How to Eat - I remember random pages by heart). Roast potatoes that never fail.

Chicken Pie which no adult or child has ever refused. Coca-Cola Chocolate cake. Those simple but totally addictive chilli Prawns in white wine. The amazing Jumbo chilli dip from Kitchen. The granola (Feast, p199, I think).

My question, then:
Our children are 6, 4 and almost 2. For the first 2 years, it was easy to feed them all the variety that we were eating, and they tasted everything and enjoyed lots, but with the arrival of each additional child, and the increase in awareness of what they think they like, we've been worn down and now they mostly eat plainer fare and we save the more interesting stuff for when we're eating dinner separately. Any tips on how to get back on track with having the children enjoy eating all types of dishes with us?

natashakaplinkyplop Wed 07-Dec-11 19:17:58

Ooh... exciting... erm, where do you get your knitwear from?

Spirael Wed 07-Dec-11 19:53:29

Ooh, Nigella's visiting! grin

DH and I both adore baking, we've spent many happy hours making wonderful things out of your "How to be a Domestic Goddess" book. The book was actually bought for my DH. He's a particularly good Domestic Goddess, I feel. wink

Anyway, my question is regarding flour... For cakes and similar that need to rise, is it better to use self-raising flour, or to use plain and add the raising agent separately?

Also, I'm incredibly jealous of your Kitchen Aid! envy grin

ShirleyKnot Wed 07-Dec-11 19:54:57

Oh Holy Wow!

Nigella!

Firstly, I'd like to say how much I bloody love your recipes, books and TV programmes - I have never made a recipe of yours that I didn't love and you have inspired me over and over again. I love how you make us readers/watchers feel like a friend and a part of your family (I love it when your children are mentioned in your books - and always say "Oh my GOD! Look at have they've grown!" when they appear in your programmes) I'll stop all the awe struck stuff now. At least. I'll try.

(Apart from one thing. The Rosemary Remembrance Cake - I just want you to know that I have baked this cake on many occasions for many friends and family. It has been wonderful to be able to provide some way of letting people know that I'm thinking of them during times of grief and I just wanted to thank you so much for that)

So, my question - apart from the obvious - can I come for tea one day? - I'm going to ask about the recent photo shoot you did for the front cover of Stylist (as part of your guest editor edition), How many wet wipes did it take to get rid of that caramel? and did you manage not to stick your tongue out to have a taste?

<sounds pervy>
<begs Justine to tell Nigella I'm quite normal>

grin

Get0rf Wed 07-Dec-11 20:05:59

Oh how wonderful.

Hello Nigella.

I love your books and think you write so beautifully. My favourite book by far is Feast - I really love the different themes and your knowledge of and love for the different regional and ethnic foods is inspiring. I adore the Georgian Feast, and the Jewish recipes.

Two questions - firstly, what is your next book going to be about? I would love it if it would be similar to Feast, expanding on themes such as Jewish food (like a modern version of Claudia Roden).

Secondly, the strongest theme of your writing is your sense of the past, and your memories of cooking with your mother and siblings, such as the memory of your mothers 60's blender, and making mayonnaise from a young age. Have you considered writing an autobiography?

Get0rf Wed 07-Dec-11 20:06:28

(btw ShirleyKnot is not normal - HTH)

SugarAndSpiceMistletoeAndWine Wed 07-Dec-11 20:17:47

Hi Nigella,

A little bit awe struck here, have all your books and love them, your recipes even featured prominently in my wedding!

I know you have emphasised speedy recipes, what is your favourite short cut to use which still tastes just as good?

Have a wonderful christmas!

mamado Wed 07-Dec-11 20:39:17

Wow, Nigella! Your larder is the larder of my dreams!

Quite a tricky question..
we are a foodie family and love to eat/cook good food... BUT... I'm veggie, dp doesn't eat fish and dds are allergic to milk, eggs, nuts and sesame.... I know, the nightmare guests! wink Can you suggest a fabulous family meal for us? Big, big thanks smile

brandysoakedbitch Wed 07-Dec-11 20:56:52

Please just tell Ms Lawson that she can do no wrong in my eyes (or DH's) - I would drink her bath water

'tis true blush

Oh Nigella we just adore you in our house! grin

My favourite recipe of yours comes from your express book- the Thai red curry with prawns and mango. I can't tell you how many times I've made it. We are having a few friends round on NYE and I plan on making a vat of the aforementioned curry and serving it with jasmin rice.

My question is, what pudding would accompany this well? It needs to be made ahead of time and suitable for 13 people, including children.

P.S. I am making your festive couscous for Christmas Eve- everyone who I've served it to loves it! smile

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 07-Dec-11 22:52:13

Hello Nigella. My mother's family are Jewish but in denial about this and slightly bonkers (My grandparents spoke Yiddish - my mother said "Oh I think everyone spoke it in those days." grin) Despite clearly not being Jewish, they have embraced Jewish cuisine, and as a child, we always had latkes and ponczki on Christmas Eve and were force fed Matzo at Easter. confused

Anyway, what I wanted to ask you is if you have ever eaten Klops, and if so, were the Klops you ate like large meatballs, made with a mixture of veal and beef mince and lots of onions, or in meatloaf form and stuffed with hard boiled eggs? My mother maintains that the former are the true Jewish German version, and the latter a bastardized Polish offering from Chelm. But as she says she is not Jewish, how would she know? grin

lemonbonbons Wed 07-Dec-11 23:52:46

Hi Nigella ,

I would like to make a Xmas Trifle this year. For all sorts of reasons ( I won t go into here ) it must be the best trifle anyone has ever tasted grin

Which book / recipe should I follow ?

Thank You in advance x smile

Solo Wed 07-Dec-11 23:56:25

shock <swoons and faints!!!>

herecomesthsun Thu 08-Dec-11 01:32:01

Welcome to Mumsnet! My Xmas dilemma is that I have gestational diabetes. So, very limited sugar and other carbs (diabetes) in addition to restrictions on alcohol, pate, some cured meats and cheese etc etc (pregnancy). I can however eat cream and butter (there are some small mercies).

I was thinking of a festive pannacotta for Xmas dessert (high on cream and relatively low on sugar). I wondered whether you would have any advice on how how to minimise the sugar content and still get a decadent dessert that sets. We are not going to be using much/any alcohol as I'm pregnant and our little boy is 3 (flaming brandy is much of the point of Xmas pudding, so we might simply omit it this year). I was wondering about using agave nectar or fructose. Or would you recommend any other sort of sweet course for Christmas Day?

BarryStar Thu 08-Dec-11 02:02:06

Hello Nigella, very excited to know you're doing a webchat,

I'm not sure if this will go against the grain a bit - but I'm forever trying to diet eat sensibly and I don't care what anyone says, in my book, sensible is boring! Have you any interesting, failsafe, easy and tasty recipes that would make my neverending quest a bit more palatable?

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

SexyDomesticatedDab Thu 08-Dec-11 09:04:24

Do you ever feel the need to make up that unmade bed?? If you get a new cleaner do they know it's a piece of art??

How do I get invited to one of your soirees that get filmed - this will make Slummy Mummy, Alpha Mummy and the rest of the mums very jealous envy??

Tobagostreet Thu 08-Dec-11 09:53:00

Hi Nigella - I love you almost as much as the food you make/write about grin.

My question is: are you cooking Christmas Dinner yourself this year - and if so, what starter are you making? I'm looking for inspiration and I always find this the hardest course to decide upon, as everyone has different expectations, whereas turkey/goose for main and a selection of puds all satisfy.

Oh - and can I come to a get together at your house too? I'll bring wine??

thanks

QueenofJacksDreams Thu 08-Dec-11 10:11:52

Hi Nigella <awestruck>

As we're not Christian we're not fully doing Xmas this year have you got any reccomendations for an alternative dinner? I love the decedance of your dishes and your writing. Oh and how the hell do you eat all the amazing food and still stay slim? envy and if Tobagostreet gets to come to your get togther I demand an invite too I'll bring better wine than she will. grin

thanks

Oh my god, oh my god! <fans self>

My first question is can you recommend a lovely Christmas day breakfast recipe!

Secondly, are you a mumsnetter? You don't have to tell us your name!

<awestruck>

If you're cooking for just yourself, what is your favourite meal for a comfort-eating-stuck-at-home evening?

Would you like to join my campaign for bringing champagne coupes back into vogue??

Sorry that's two questions - I got a bit carried away.

Pinner35 Thu 08-Dec-11 13:09:27

Welcome Nigella.....I have just been on facebook (before I saw you were coming on here) and the last words I typed were "Nigella rocks" so I'm thrilled to have you on here.

I have all of your books and most of my staple "go to" recipes are yours however, in these times of economising, having less time, etc please please please could you develop some recipes for the slow cooker. There are so many people who use them but are stuck in a casserole / chilli rut. I.e. me!

Oh and in the Kitchen book - where did you get the "how do you take your tea" poster? I NEED ONE! Sorry, that's one request and one question...

Happy Christmas!!

housemum Thu 08-Dec-11 14:37:34

This has now reminded me that I haven't made this year's Chilli Jam (from your Christmas book, that and the Christmas Rocky Road are essential items in my house grin )

Have you thought about writing a children's cookery book, perhaps your children's favourite recipes from when they were young? Not so "worthy" as the cooking-for-children books often are, but enjoyable food for kids to eat that they can take a part in cooking as well?

I almost had a signed copy of your Domestic Goddess book once, DH was supposed to have ordered it via Waitrose when it came out. On Christmas Day I eagerly unwrapped it to find that he had forgotten all about it until way after the offer had sold out, so I have a copy with "Merry Christmas from Nigella Lawson" cut out ransom-note style, with your name cut out from a copy of the Sunday Times magazine where you wrote the column at the time. 11 years later he is almost forgiven... (Particularly since buying the Kitchen Aid and Magimix for me wink )

itsbrandybutterandtinseltime Thu 08-Dec-11 14:37:38

Oh my God!

<squeals like teenager>

<pulls self together>

Firstly, we are HUGE fans of you in our house. Your super juicy turkey recipe with the brine is now a standing tradition with my young family, who love getting involved by putting the ingredients in. I think it's so important to try and involve young boys in cooking, so thank you.

My question is, what would be your recommendation for a fail - safe family dinner on Christmas eve for a family of four (two are small people)? Many of the recipes in your Christmas book are either fairly rich and adult, or for parties of 6 or more.

Merry Christmas! smile

also dying to know if you are a mumsnetter... grin

I would like to know if your fingers are wearing a bit thin from all that on-screen sucking...

Hi Nigella

Im doing a turkey crown rather than a whole turkry as there are only 4 adults and 2 littlies, can you still do brining of a brown or does it only work best for a whole bird?

Thank you smile

oh gawd have just read more of the thread, I would like to apologise for the lack of fawning in my previous post and must add that clearly I would faint at your feet in an instant if I ever actually met you. wink

[explodes laughing at countess dracula]

nigella-have you ever done a basic food hygiene course?
because that finger licking and hair flipping is not really 'on' you know.
your hair should be tied back and fingers should remain OUT of the food.

grinningbee Thu 08-Dec-11 15:10:55

Hi Nigella

Now then. I am currently on a diet, but am having one whole week off over Christmas. I need to make the most of this one week grin.

Please could you tell me the naughtiest sweet type recipe I can make, preferably chocolately or fudgey... you get the idea. Something foolproof and that the children and dh might be allowed a taste of too wink

Thank you ever so much!

eminencegrise Thu 08-Dec-11 15:20:05

Nigella, if the world were a meritocracy, and nepotism did not exist, where do you think you would be?

nursenic Thu 08-Dec-11 15:45:21

Happy Christmas Nigella.

Like you,I am a collector of kitsch cookbooks. My first was 'Are You Hungry Tonight?', a collection of interviews of and recipes by, Elvis's nearest and dearest. My latest find is 'Biker Billy's Hog Wild On A Harley Cookbook' and The 'Little House On The Prairie' cookbook. I can also recommend NPR's 'Kitchen Sister's Hidden Kitchens food/recipe book.

What is your favourite kitsch cookbook?

Sneaky second question-Have you tried the NY Cheesecake recipe from the 'Juniors' cookbook? It surpasses Lindy's.

have I wandered into Babycentre by mistake here? confused

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Thu 08-Dec-11 18:04:45

Wow - that's rather unpleasant, eminencegrise hmm

LovesBloominChristmas Thu 08-Dec-11 18:19:37

<wonders quite why some people choose to be so bitchy nasty>

Bonsoir Thu 08-Dec-11 18:28:21

Nigella - just want to say thank you for not only providing me with a foolproof Christmas but also a foolproof Rosh Hashana! I have your other books but Feast is my favourite - so very, very useful for those meals that you rarely prepare and are a lot of faff!

MordechaiVanunu Thu 08-Dec-11 19:03:58

Hi Nigella, your How to Eat book was the book that really got me into cooking. It totally transformed my attitude to cooking. It was inspirational.

My most used recipe ever from that is the White Tiramisu, which Ive 'tweaked' over the years to make a Christmas trifle, by adding raspberries and making in a trifle bowl. Still add the meringues on top. It always always LOVED by everyone. (thought this may be helpful for poster above who asked about best trifle ever. This is it.)

I would not fall at your feet if we met, because I am convinced that if we were to meet we'd instantly become bosom buddies (yes I'm using the word bosom deliberately) just like I would if I were to meet Caitlin Moran or Davina Macall or Claudia Winkleman.

It is merely fate that keeps us apart.

Have a lovely Christmas.smile.

scottishmummy Thu 08-Dec-11 19:32:55

nigella do you feel your looks and physique are branded and marketed more than the food?certainly the the accompanying imagery and photographs of you get as mch attention as the food (the covered in caramel shot seemed a bitty salacious and unnecessary to me)...doyou have editorial control over all imagery?

Nigella , I love the books especially .. How to eat , domestic goddess and feast , the Buche de Noel is a particular favourite .
I maybe moving to a house with an Aga (!) have you cooked with one , or do you have a good book suggestion for me .
Thankyou ( my husband quite fancies you by the way )

sandy06 Thu 08-Dec-11 20:39:40

hi, I love your chocolate fruit Christmas cake (on BBC website) - I practically eat it all myself. Wondering though how far in advance you can make it - there's not much alcohol so does it go off quicker than traditional cakes? thank you

gazzalw Thu 08-Dec-11 22:11:52

PS Your How To Eat book is the most used book in the house - love that it has my DW's and then our joint and family history ingrained in it - literally (with the dollops of gloop from various recipes) and metaphorically. It is already an heirloom in a way and will hope to pass down to either DS or DD depending on which one shows most interest in cooking!
On another note though, how did you veer off your journalistic trajectory towards being the domestic goddess that you are....It can't have been exactly what you had in mind when you went up to Oxford?

ssd Thu 08-Dec-11 22:18:40

Nigella, why are you so gorgeous?

thats all

CBear6 Thu 08-Dec-11 23:13:24

Hi Nigella,

My husband is a massive fan of yours so I was going to be kind and give him my one alloted question but I was frankly shocked and jealous of the innuendo and nudge-winkery that he began withering on about so I've sent him into the kitchen.

I love the shows, love the books, and I'm quite frankly a lazy cook so anyone who can create delicious food with minimal effort is a winner.

My two current favourites are your Guinness gingerbread and your red velvet cupcakes (by the way, did you know that blue food dye isn't digested like the red dye? Blue velvet cupcakes produce some 'interesting' results and everyone who had some of your two year old's birthday cupcakes will phone you a day or two later to ask about these results).

Anyway. Question.

Can you recommend a fast but tasty starter for Christmas Day? At the table will be a mildly fussy two year old, someone who doesn't like cheese, another who won't eat anything spicy, another who hates shellfish, and another who dislikes peppers and chestnuts (and me, who will by that point be considering just throwing a McDonalds at them. I mean literally throwing). I need something that takes moments to prepare but will look like I've been slaving away for hours if not days.

Bucharest Fri 09-Dec-11 07:56:40

sandy06-I can answer that for you! I made that cake last year and we finished it off this summer, so it doesn't go off at all! (if you mean the one from the Christmas book that is a fruit cake with dates and cocoa in) (I did put considerably more alcohol in mine though. grin

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Super exciting to have you here! I covet love your kitchen with all the twinkly lights and lovely larder and use How to Eat regularly.

My question is: I'm going to spend Christmas Day with my in-laws and would like to take something delicious to eat over as a thank-you pressie to them for having me/contribution of sorts that isn't just bread sauce that I'm already doing! I DON'T want to make a Christmas cake (as can't ice, won't ice) or steamed pudding, but do fancy another sort of yummy festive pudding thing (maybe involving glitter and the like). Any ideas gratefully received.

Thanks so much and hope you have a wonderful Christmas planned too! smile x

champagnesupernova Fri 09-Dec-11 09:57:36

Nigella
Do you ever surf the web for pantry porn?
Lines of jars filled with lovely ingredients, beautifully ordered?

wordfactory Fri 09-Dec-11 11:05:05

Nigella, we are huge fans in casa wordfactory. Your books are sooooo much more than cook books.

My question is do you mind sharing so much personal information? And how do you decide how much to share about others, given you are married to someone famously private?

CarolCervix Fri 09-Dec-11 11:29:39

Hello Nigella.

I (and Delia) both enjoy raw cake mixture. Do you?

CaptainMartinCrieff Fri 09-Dec-11 11:32:25

blush I love Nigella!
I'm gutted I won't be able to attend the webchat.
My question is regarding food and children... I try to cook healthy, varied and interesting food for my son but I can't get him to so much as look at a vegetable unless it's in cake (carrot cake). It's getting daft and quite frankly I'm getting worried. Do you have any tricks to get children to eat vegetables or ways to disguise them. sad

CaptainMartinCrieff Fri 09-Dec-11 11:33:09

P.S. Your sticky gingerbread recipe is to die for! grin

Djps Fri 09-Dec-11 14:05:12

Nigella, could you tell me how to keep pork crackling, crisp for a boxing day lunch. We are having Pork for Christmas day, with a view to having roast pork sandwiches Boxing day as part of a family buffet

Many thanks

SantaffetaClaus Fri 09-Dec-11 17:34:42

Wow! Nigella.

<dumbstruck>

Love your writing and your books. Love how your love of food shines through. Love, love, love your mince pie pastry recipe and numerous others. Love that you made baking sexy again.

Which dish of yours do you recommend for maximum umami?

xPAULAx Fri 09-Dec-11 22:48:31

HI Nigella

We have 4 fussy eaters all under 6 years old. What can my Husband cook on Christmas day that's festive AND fun for a bunch of kids who aren't too keen on sauces? We don't want them to have just a plate of turkey and veg. What can we do to win them over? Something easy please and thank you!

Merry Christmas.

supersalstrawberry Fri 09-Dec-11 23:56:47

Hello Nigella grin

apparently I look like you, this is according to a very good friend who often says this when shes very drunk and not wearing her glasses.

if only

keep on trucking

love your recipes

and I make your pancakes A LOT!

(am loving the red wine a lot tonight as well so scuse the ramblings wink)

Drowningnotwaving Sat 10-Dec-11 07:10:10

hello Nigella

we love you in this house too - making your pistachio fudge for teachers today, and the children are also making your clementine cake, christmas biscuits and christmas fridge cake (sorry can't remember its name!) for Christmas.

My question is - we have decided this year to make a Christmas cake that is made of chocolate not fruit. Do you have a good recipe for this? We would like something not too dark-chocolatey please.

oldteacher Sat 10-Dec-11 08:32:39

Hello Nigella,

I need a fabby vegetarian Christmassy thing which will go nicely with the rest of the the roast malarkey. I'm not that keen on pumpkin- I'd turn it into a carriage if I could.

brookeslay Sat 10-Dec-11 09:04:14

Thanks for doing this webchat Nigella,

A question about stockists Jane Asher doesn`t stock your disco hologram glitter in white I need it for the Rocky Road ( In Laws Hamper) and I need the cookie cutters you used for the gingrebread tree cookies they also aren`t the same as Jane Asher ones.

Thank you so much

By the way someone asked about Nigella`s Knitwear

read this

Indith Sat 10-Dec-11 11:40:03

I know I've already posted but my dd has declared that she wants a chocolate cake with pink icing for her birthday. I'm fine for the chocolate cake but I normally make ganache or some other sticky, chocolaty icing for them. Can you suggest a good pink substitute? Butter cream or rolled fondant seems a bit boring.

trixymalixy Sat 10-Dec-11 13:25:23

Nigella, I love your books, I cook from them all the time.

Both my kids have allergies to egg, milk and nuts and its hard to find decent recipes for cakes and desserts that work every time particularly for cakes. Do you have any recipes that would be suitable for them, or would you consider coming up with some?

kittysaysmiaow Sat 10-Dec-11 16:24:46

Hi Nigella,

Love your books and very excited about the webchat.

My question is, can you suggest a light, tasty dish to cook for seven adults on Christmas Eve? Preferably fish-based or vegetarian. smile

Hello! Another fan of your books here. smile

How do you get cooking fat stains out of cashmere?

I've done baby-led weaning with both my boys (my second son is 11 months) and we've sort of ground to a halt in terms of originality. (I know, I know, he should be on whatever I'm eating, but it doesn't always work out that way.) Can you suggest some yummy tidbits to tempt an 11 month old's appetite (and that of his uber-picky 3yo brother)? Thanks!

EatMeDates Sat 10-Dec-11 19:19:49

Nigella - love your books and adore you. Y

our Ham in coke, chocolate brownies and Christmas morning muffins are a main staple of Christmas for me, now, and will pass these recipes on to my own kids.

Working on Tuesday (gutted), but just wanted to say 'hello' and thank you for your wonderful books and TV series.

I am also a little bit in love with you, can you tell? <girl crush>

grin

Jux Sun 11-Dec-11 02:03:04

Hi Nigella, how lovely to have you here.

Some time ago, I went to a butcher which I don't generally use and got a brace of grouse. They were really tough old birds and we didn't enjoy them much, which was a shame as I love game and wanted to convert my husband. Obviously it didn't work!

What do you think would be the best way to cook grouse, partridge or pheasant of unknown provenance to ensure it is successful.

(We have a brilliant butcher we use every day, but on the above occasion he was in hospital and the shop was closed. The butcher I used instead assured me that the birds were young and tender. I've never used them again, surprisingly!)

Jux Sun 11-Dec-11 02:07:11

Ooh yes, the ham in coke! That is fantastic! We do it with ginger beer sometimes too. DH loves it.

Nomoremrtumble Sun 11-Dec-11 07:45:34

Hi Nigella,
Where do you get all your lovely Christmassy serving platters?! I particularly covet the large red one you served sticky ribs on! Is this yours or just a tv prop....? I have searched everywhere!

Big fan here too, I have made your thai salmon/prawn/pumpkin curry a million times and your brownies were for a long while the only cake dd1 (severe dairy, egg and wheat allergies) could eat - adapted with wheat free flour, dairy free marg and with sweet potato instead of egg. Doesn't sound great but surprisingly nice.

oh wow...Nigella Lawson...on MN?!! i am in awe!! your chocolate fudge cake is a MASSIVE hit in my house!! My DH is a BIG fan of it and i adapted it to a chocolate orange cake too (replaced the hot water with hot orange juice with bits and some grated orange zest smile) you inspired me to make cakes and i am now building a business around it smile have a little peek at my facebook page Iced ByEi (shameless plug...) to see some of my creationsgrin

anywho... my question for you is... i am planning on making a banoffee profiterole stack (not as big or fancy as a croque en bouche) and i am struggling to find a good recipe for banana cream that is light and yet tasty...any tips or recipes you may have heard of or tried?

thankyou so much!!

Jux Sun 11-Dec-11 13:50:45

I'm cooking a pheasant right now actually. It came from the good butcher. I'm roasting it (covered) with water in the roasting tray so it poaches a bit too. It is smothered in butter and bacon. I will make Port gravy as dh bought some cheap stuff which more like sherry and is virtually undrinkable (unless you like sherry, of course grin).

We may do this for Xmas...... If I can be sure about a method to deal with a potentially tough bird. Or we might have duck....

nursenic Sun 11-Dec-11 21:19:33

SeldomSeenCake

The King Arthur Flour Company, an American baking online retailer sells pure banana extract. It might not arrive in time for Xmas though so what i do is whizz up a basic Chantilly Cream by whipping double cream to medium peak together with a little icing sugar added to sweeten. I then mash/process soft bananas until they are a super smooth puree.

You can add a little unwhipped cream to them to 'let down' or slacken the thickness of the puree. I then add either a little Creme de cacao or creme de banane (liqueurs) to the banana or you can use this to slacken the puree instead of the unwhipped cream.

Add the banana to the whipped cream and mix them together until they are as smoothly incorporated as possible.

Adding the liqueur takes away any tendency towards sickliness. You can substitute a rich vanilla-y rum for the liqueurs if that is easier. Use a little Dulce De Leche or home made caramel to drizzle over or drizzle a little of it into the choux buns before piping in the cream banana mix.

Hope i have helped!

nursenic thanks smile I wonder if Nigella will still have tips too.. The added booze sounds like a plan!! what with it being crimbo and all grin

Hi, again a massive fan here.

I think the higest praise I can give you is that not only are there numerous recipes of yours that I love to make but that lots of basics I now do 'your way'. Eg. my turkey at Christmas, roast potatoes, roast chicken, custard as they are so much better than any other version.

My question would be what happened with the forum on your website? There was a great foodie community on there and then we just got told that as of the next day it would no longer exist. What was the rationale behind that?

nursenic Mon 12-Dec-11 11:12:56

seldomseencake-

i'm sure Nigella will have far more suggestions than me. That's my only one (fsmile).

I liked the Nigella forum too. I can recommend the ebay.com American 'Cooksnook' community board. I love it.

nursenic Mon 12-Dec-11 11:13:19

Ggrrr bloody emoticon dunce i am..

Winetta Mon 12-Dec-11 12:03:09

Far out - THE Nigella! G'day from Australia, we all love you out here! Nigella, which of your festive recipes will best translate to our hot weather (and how do we do it?) Thank you!

twoistwicesfestive Mon 12-Dec-11 14:22:02

eep, Nigella, hope I'm not too late to ask a question. Anyway, I love the cinnamon rolls in Goddess, but they seem a little indigestible. Is it because:

a) I scoff them too quickly (and only have myself to blame)
b) I am eating them too warm, because I have no patience and I want my breakfast NOW
c) I am using bread flour and should really be using good old fashioned plain flour. I always assumed it was bread flour (as it's yeasty) and use that, but have been afraid to try it with plain in case it collapses and all that effort is wasted.
d) all of the above

Thank you smile

WoW! Hi Nigella!

Your christmas turkey transforms the turkey in such an amazing way. I love your books.

Question:

What is your one Kitchen Gadget you would never do without?

BlackSwan Mon 12-Dec-11 15:44:51

Hi Nigella, there's a gaping hole in my roast dinner repertoire... I cannot make a palatable gravy. If there is a foolproof method I would certainly appreciate you sharing it!
thanks thanks thanksthanks thanks thanksthanks thanks thanks

BelleEnd Mon 12-Dec-11 16:25:13

Now look, Nigella. All these other posters, they say they're fans. They say your recipes are the nicest, you have nice jumpers, their husbands like your hair etc etc. But let me tell you. D'you remember about a decade ago, there was a craze of wearing t-shirts with 'Kylie' or 'Madonna' or 'Britney' in big sparkly letters across the front? Well I had one specially made with 'Nigella' in huge purple 50s writing. And I wore it for three years until it fell apart in the wash. Thus, I am your biggest fan. (Please don't worry. I'm not as weird as I sound. And lots of women nodded knowingly at my boobs when I wore that shirt.) grin

My question- The reason I, and a lot of people, love your recipes is that they're often easy, without a list of obscure ingredients, and a lot of them have a kitsch quality that really appeals. But I was wondering if you'd come across much snobbery about kitsch, easy food in cheffy circles?

Thank you for your recipes, your inspirations, and your melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings x

deemented Mon 12-Dec-11 17:06:07

Hi Nigella,

I just wondered if there are any food you just don't like/wouldn't eat even if you were paid to do so?

Me, i just can't do fish or anything that's been in the sea. But i'm weird like that.

SantasSnowilocks Mon 12-Dec-11 17:53:36

Hi Nigella,
Firstly thanks for your domestic goddess book, with a bit of tweaking on oven timings I have made some delicious cakes, biscuits and pies. I'm also quite a fan of your preserving section too. Can you help: I've just made some paradise jelly with apples, quinces and cranberries, but I think the set is too soft. Can I pour it/scrape it back in the pan and boil it up a bit more. I foolishly decided tomake it just before the school run and I was desperate to bottle it up before I left. What would you recommend I do? Oh and what can I do with the left over pulp? It seems a shame just to put it in the compost? Thank you very much. [Slight swoon]

Nedsma Mon 12-Dec-11 20:06:55

Nigella, we need to make your Chestnut Stuffing & freeze it but your recipe has created a debate (well, bit of a barney really) - do we cook it completely & then freeze it to warm thru on the day or do we stop at the point of adding the eggs, freeze and then cook it on the day? I think one, hubby thinks the other....won't tell you which is which!! We'll be having a Nigella Xmas again this year!!!

VenetiaLanyon Mon 12-Dec-11 20:18:13

Hi Nigella,

Could I ask you what fat you cook your roast potatoes in if you have veggie guests? I tend to do them in olive oil myself.

Thanks smile
PS Have cooked very many happy meals from your splendid books.

Get0rf Mon 12-Dec-11 20:44:22

grin I remember when Nigella went on Have I Got New For You with a tshirt with the legend 'Delia' written in sparkles.

pretendhousewife Mon 12-Dec-11 20:53:26

Hi Nigella,
Our family loathes Christmas cake but would love to decorate a large expanse of frosting with tacky ski-ing santas and the like. It would be nice if it had cake underneath it - any ideas?

thisonehasalittlecar Mon 12-Dec-11 21:39:47

Hi Nigella,
I have always thought of myself as someone who loves cooking, but the recent years of cooking for my not always fulsome with gratitude husband and small children have made me realise that actually I just love eating nice food and cook it because no-one else is going to cook it for me.

My question is, doing it both for your family and your job, do you ever get sick of it? Given that you are, shall we say, pretty financially secure, do you ever think, 'Sod it, someone else can do this now.' I think if I won the lottery I might just throw in the towel on the whole thing and hire a personal chef (and hand her/him all my bookmarked copies of your books, natch wink )

Reading this over it sounds a bit like me and cooking are in a stale marriage and I'm writing to a relationship columnist for advice: Nigella, the spark in my kitchen is dead, how can I get back the love???

theladylovescupcakes Mon 12-Dec-11 22:02:30

I heart Nigella! She is God in our house. Love reading her books and many recipes are favourites now. Look forward to reading her replies tomorrow! grin

IReallyHateMyCat Mon 12-Dec-11 22:52:01

Firstly, my dh proper fancies you.

Secondly what's your favourite "fun" recipe? You know quirky or cool looking or fun for a party?

Thirdly thank you, love you!

sybilfaulty Mon 12-Dec-11 23:42:46

Dear Nigella

Thank you so much for the wonderful writing, fab recipes, great ideas and beautiful programmes. You are my favourite cookery writer and I have done so many of your recipes. I have had to buy a second copy of Domestic Goddess as my first fell apart beyond repair from overuse.

My question is about the urge to cook: whilst I love food, sometimes the urge to cook is just not there after a huge day with work and kids, in which case tea / toast / cheese/ wine beckon. After your most stressful days, do you never reach for the wotsits and wine hovis and the Lurpak instead of whipping up something from the storecupboard?

Thanks for all the joy you bring to the kitchen.

cadelaide Mon 12-Dec-11 23:57:42

Hi Nigella, my DD (10) did a Christmas version of your storecupboard chocolate cake yesterday, the one with marmalade in it. She added dried fruits, mixed spice and a bit of orange extract and then she did a pretty thing with a home-made star cut-out and icing sugar on the top, like a doily-type thing, you know.

Anyway, it was a roaring success. More for the grown-ups really. She baked it in a large tin so it was fairly flat, like a brownie/panforte sort of thing. I'm not really sure why I'm telling you this, just to let you know that your cookbooks are the the most grubby ones in our kitchen.

Hi Nigella, I love your books and often take them to bed for a good read. Favourite being Feast.

Please please, please can I have a recipe for a non fruit cake for my daughter. I feel so bad for her at Christmas, she doesnt like Mince Pies or Christmas Cake or anything fruity/highly spiced. Please help me.

Brunhilde Tue 13-Dec-11 10:40:26

Nigella - agree with Mistressofpemberly - How To Eat best written cook book ever.

Am a huge fan of your tips on fripperies - nail polish, wrapping paper, best sites (dh holds you totally resp for my crack-addiction to Stumbledupon).

So, come on, beguile us with the latest beautiful, delightful nonsense that gives us joy.

AitchTwoOHoHoHo Tue 13-Dec-11 10:45:17

Admit it, Nigella, the ham in coke is delicious but the stock it leaves behind is fit for nothing. DO NOT mention that bogging black bean soup. grin

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 11:19:21

Aitch - agreed!
Back to fawning, your Christmas cake recipe is delicious, my "Domestic Goddess" book naturally falls open on that page. Since trying it, you usurped my old Delia recipe (which was a bit too dry if I'm honest but I'm too much of a domestic slattern to have the time or inclination to tinker with cake recipes). Make it every year and the 3 daughters have to help, even though only 1 of them eats fruit cake (we make up for that by doing a Yule log on Christmas Eve grin )

Oh for God's sake, it's my son's first nativity play at 1pm so I will miss the webchat (bloody inconsiderate of them!)

My entire family hate christmas pudding but I usually make one anyway and end up eating it alone sad Do you have any ideas for an alternative festive dessert that will be as special as a christmas pudding but without all of the dried fruit/candied peel that my lot seem to hate? They do love a good cheesecake but can't seem to find any sort of christmassy version...

<fawns>

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 11:27:50

Oh cripes, I LOVE Nigella! Welcome to MN. Your banana bread recipe from Domestic Goddess is almost obscured by banana cake batter, we have made it so many times. Also love one of the beef stews in How To Cook, the Involtini in Feast, and, Oh! The mushroom sandwich. The mushroom sandwich in How to Eat. Mmmmm. Your American pancake recipe (with added blueberries) is our standard start the weekend recipe. And and and.

Anyhoo. My question: your children must be approaching the leaving home stage. What single recipe/dish do you think they will take away from home with them?

Nobody ever answers my questions on these webchats btw, so PLEASE answer this one.

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 11:30:00

housemum, my copy of Domestic Goddess has 'v good' scrawled next to the Xmas Cake recipe in the margin. We have one sitting in its tupperware waiting to be fed, but I suspect that DP has drunk all the brandy, despite my dire warnings to him not to do so. Either that or I have hidden it somewhere and forgotten where that is. Bother.

outwardbound Tue 13-Dec-11 11:31:14

Hello there smile

Who would you be most nervous cooking for?

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 12:22:28

I'd forgotten the curries in Feast - fab for Hallowe'en, we have gone trick or treating with the neighbours, then come back to warm up with a huge curry to share smile

And the banana bread - great when you have some left over bananas

Slut Red Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly (made that for when my friends from church came round wink ) from the Forever Summer book

Sooo many fab recipes that work first time!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Dec-11 12:23:38

Nigella

Am gutted not to be able to make it into the Towers today.

Just want to say along side almost everyone else on the thread that think you are fab. My domestic goddess book has so many spatters etc it falls open to the the page. Will be whipping up some of your courgette cake into muffins for a new baby later.

V quick but rather specific one, I made the rest of the office some of your butter cut out biscuits when I went to visit last week. (and covered in edible glitter - they were super kitsch, hope you would approve)

Do you think the leftover dough will work as those stained glass biscuits where you do the clever thing with the boiled sweets and melt them? (have never attempted)
TIA

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 12:31:51

12 12 (don't get too excited this is mnhq!)

SexyDomesticatedDab Tue 13-Dec-11 12:32:28

Olivia - had me worried for a minute thought Nigella couldn't make it in.

Why would a new baby want to eat courgette muffins wink??

loudee Tue 13-Dec-11 12:36:45

Hi nigella. Thank you for making it a joy to cook properly just for me! I either couldn't be bothered or couldn't justify making a proper meal if I was eating alone but since reading your books I am inspired to make the effort.

The first thing I ever cooked properly for other people was your mushroom stroganoff (now an addiction).

What was the first meal you cooked?

Merry Christmas!

AitchTwoOHoHoHo Tue 13-Dec-11 12:45:18

omg that mushroom stroganoff... now add double cream, now add butter, a gallon more cream then more butter... delicious of course.

are you bringing out a diet book any time soon? i do like your japanese-ish recipes in HTE, more of those please. naturally low-fat and healthy but without any actual mealtime sacrifice is what i'm after, please.

BigBlueBear Tue 13-Dec-11 12:49:38

Nigella, I bought your How to Eat book when it first came out. I even have a signed copy of Domestic Goddess that my MIL got me. Those two, Feast and Kitchen are stalwart favourites in my house. I write notes on the pages of the books as I cook, sometimes tips like "Ignore timings, this will actually take 45 minutes in the oven" but more often - for your recipes, at least - comments like "amazing", "quick and tasty", "fab". You get the picture.

You are the the ultimate cook's cook. Keep doing what you do.

And thank you.

<feels a bit teary and wonders if I should have name changed>

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 12:52:41

bigbluebear a teensy bit jealous of your signed copy (see post above somewhere about a forgetful DH and trying to make up for it with "humour"...)

smartyparts Tue 13-Dec-11 12:58:41

Hi Nigella. I have made your chocolate gooey meringue stack with pistachios on top so many times, I actually think I invented it.

We're having it on Boxing Day. What deserts do you have over Christmas? Traditional or not?

BigBlueBear Tue 13-Dec-11 12:58:59

housemum I'm very proud of my signed copy. It says Happy Birthday and my name. Definitely one of the better presents my MIL has got me!

ColdTurkeyRemains Tue 13-Dec-11 12:59:51

Nigella, another big fan here.

<<runs eyes over long shelf of, ahem, well-loved Nigella Tomes>>

I'd just like to know if you have ever, in all your adulthood, worn your hair in a ponytail?

smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Dec-11 13:00:58

Nigella has arrived and is about to start answering your questions. She needs no introduction so without further ado let me hand over to you Nigella....

debka Tue 13-Dec-11 13:01:02

Nigella. You are wonderful. But please tell me, how do you seemingly eat so much and stay so slim?

AhsataN Tue 13-Dec-11 13:01:04

hi Nigella do you have a quick and easy ginger bread biscuit recipe, or festive treats i could make with my fussy eater of a 2 yr old. thank you

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:01:18

Hi, I'm here! Looking forward to answering your questions....

kandinskysgirl Tue 13-Dec-11 13:01:31

Hi Nigella, I love your fairy lights!!!

DP and I often argue who is better, you or Jamie, I always argue your case v v strongly grin.

My question is do you ever use/or even watch other cookery programmers/books or do you just like to focus on the things you fancy making? Also do you ever just run out of ideas? (Because I do all the time!!)

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 13:01:33

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

BigBlueBear Tue 13-Dec-11 13:02:07

<waves>

<changes mind and bows>

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 13:02:22

<scrapes>

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:02:27

ColdTurkeyRemains

Nigella, another big fan here.

<<runs eyes over long shelf of, ahem, well-loved Nigella Tomes>>

I'd just like to know if you have ever, in all your adulthood, worn your hair in a ponytail?

smile

Yes but never to leave the house! Or rather, maybe some times when my children were younger and I was walking them to school.

JollyBear Tue 13-Dec-11 13:02:36

Hello Nigella,

I love all the chocolate cakes in feast but my cling film melted on the chocolate. loaf cake. Did my cheap cling film just not cut the mustard?

mumof3teens Tue 13-Dec-11 13:04:13

Hi Nigella Another big fan here. Can you suggest anything for 6 people for Christmas Eve dinner - something tasty, but as it is my DHs birthday, we will be out for lunch, so don't need a feast?

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:04:19

rubyslippers

Oh wow! Hi Nigella ...

Can you tell me what your favourite cook book is? Also, do you write in the ones you use? My most treasured cook books are the ones from my late grandma with all her notes on tweaking the recipes etc ...

BTW your molten baby cakes are my all time favourite dessert and the recipe is utterly fool proof

I find it so hard to choose just one favourite book. I have a real tug towards Anna del Conte's Entertaining all'Italiana as I found it so inspirational at the very start of my foodwriting career, but with a library of some 4,000 food titles, it's hard to settle on just one. I should say that her latest, about being in the kitchen with her grand-daughter, Cooking with Coco, is the PERFECT family cookbook. But like you, I, too, am particularly fond of my granny's file with its clippings and comments, even if I don't actually cook from it a lot.
And thank you rubyslippers for such a lovely comment!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:06:03

gateacre1

Nigella
We love, love your cookbooks and recipes
The fried/oven roasted gnocci are a revelation and one of our favourite meals!

Will you be doing any new TV cookery shows in the new year?

That's certainly the plan! And a book, though the book always come first, and the TV series will be shot after. I just can't do TV every year, it's too invasive into family life and every other year is much more manageable. Of course, I have to get the schedule to suit and the coming year is a difficult one with my son doing GCSEs, my stepdaughter AS levels and my daughter A levels, so there's not going to be any filming done for a while! I hope to be able to pull it out of the bag in time to go out in Autumn, but home life has to come first....

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:07:15

debka

Nigella. You are wonderful. But please tell me, how do you seemingly eat so much and stay so slim?

Well, I do not stay so slim! Like a lot of women, my weight goes up and down. And if I eat regularly, I don't put on weight, and if I work crazy hours, don't sleep, get streesed and then get ravenous, I put on weight. However, I have had to take a policy decision and exercise more. As you get older, I feel it doesn't matter how much or how little one eats: if you don't exercise you blob out! But I'm afraid it's the first thing to go when I'm filming because of the hours!

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 13:07:38

You are a wicked temptress, I'm now opening a new tab to order "Cooking With Coco" from Amazon...

<jumps up and down excitedly>

This is like Justin Bieber but for ladies who like stuffing their faces instead of young boys with silly hair!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:09:03

Ilovepigs

Nigella-

AN S.O.S from a desperate mum!!

Having our first xmas at home after years of going to the inlawshmm

So I have to cook my first ever xmas dinner<quaking in boots>

Please tell me your fool-proof recipe for suculent turkey-thanks!

Please, please don't panic. If you brine a turkey, you will never need to worry about whether the bird is dry or juicy: it will always be juicily tender. My turkey brining method is explained in the Witter section (12 December) on www.nigella.com .... I promise you all will be fine.

debka Tue 13-Dec-11 13:09:24

Thank you for answering me smile

<swoons>

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:09:35

smartyparts

Hi Nigella. I have made your chocolate gooey meringue stack with pistachios on top so many times, I actually think I invented it.

We're having it on Boxing Day. What deserts do you have over Christmas? Traditional or not?

I am mad for anything with chestnuts. But I do that the easy, lazy way by using cans of sweetened chestnut puree. Mont blanc is a old fave - dark choc, chestnut puree, whipped cream, meringue - and my chestnut choc pots (on nigella.com I believe) are a new enthusiasm.

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 13:09:48

housemum, I've just done the same. I'll be skint by 2pm at this rate. grin

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:11:23

mumof3teens

Hi Nigella Another big fan here. Can you suggest anything for 6 people for Christmas Eve dinner - something tasty, but as it is my DHs birthday, we will be out for lunch, so don't need a feast?

I rather like sausages with Heaven and Earth mash, which is mash with some apple and onion cooked along with the potatoes, and have often cooked that for us on Christmas eve, though when the numbers get bigger, I favour ham with macaroni cheese.

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 13:12:24

Apparently scientists at Cern have today announced that they have produced signals providing the clearest evidence yet for the existence of the Higgs-Bosun particle. But NIGELLA IS ON MUMSNET!!!! Even more important...

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:12:31

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar

I'm awestruck!
Hi Nigella.
I'm doing goose for Christmas dinner this year and would like to know if you have a specific stuffing recipe to go with goose?
We love stuffing.

Also, could I just say that your everyday brownies from Kitchen are brilliant. I make them all the time.
Oh, also, can I have your house.
Thanks grin

Well, there are a couple of stuffings that I use for goose, one is a mashed potato stuffing via Ireland, and the other hails from Denmark and is predominantly made with dried pears and fresh (or frozen) cranberries. The sharp, fruity stuffing is just perfect with the fattiness of the goose. I think I'd like to fiddle a bit with the mashed potato stuffing, and am thinking of introducing apple and black pudding! However, the pear and cranberry (a little crunch given by pecans, though you could easily use walnuts which are often cheaper) stuffing is my favourite of the moment!

Would you? - pleeeeaaassseee - don't worry DW would be here and a few selected friends too - I'd even let you help out in the kitchen too wink.

Do people get nervous about inviting you around for some nosh?

MordechaiVanunu Tue 13-Dec-11 13:13:54

Nigella, I posted my adoration for you and How to eat early in the thread. (in case you think I've over looked that!)

I'd love a little inside goss on life with the elusive Mr. Saatchi...have you watched any good DVD box sets recently? If not, what do you watch on TV together and who has the remote??

mumof3teens Tue 13-Dec-11 13:15:16

Sounds fab, thank you so much for replying. I too have also just ordered Cooking with coco......

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:16:19

drinkystinkyyuletidegubbins

Nigella - Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease help. Like other posters, we're hosting Christmas this year - 9 adults and 3 kids - and your Christmas book has become my bible. Half of the attendees dont eat pork, the other half dont eat beef - we'll be doing turkey on christmas day but any recommendations of a fabulous non-pork based stuffing? And any recommendations of a non-beef, non-pork main for boxing day buffet?

You have got your work cut out for you! But sometimes having some options taken away can simplify matters (that's the way I advise you to look at it!) and certainly a pork-free stuffing is not a problem. I do a cornbread, cranberry and orange stuffing which - even though you make the cornbread from scratch - is simplicity itself. If you have a copy of Feast, it is on p12! And for your boxing day buffet, can't you do something with the leftover turkey? I've got a fab glass noodle and turkey salad on my website right now. But for boxing day itself, before people get really jaded, I wouldn't sniff at cold turkey, cold stuffing, hot jacket potatoes with sour cream and chives, and lots of pickles and chutneys....

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:17:01

midnightexpress

Oh cripes, I LOVE Nigella! Welcome to MN. Your banana bread recipe from Domestic Goddess is almost obscured by banana cake batter, we have made it so many times. Also love one of the beef stews in How To Cook, the Involtini in Feast, and, Oh! The mushroom sandwich. The mushroom sandwich in How to Eat. Mmmmm. Your American pancake recipe (with added blueberries) is our standard start the weekend recipe. And and and.

Anyhoo. My question: your children must be approaching the leaving home stage. What single recipe/dish do you think they will take away from home with them?

Nobody ever answers my questions on these webchats btw, so PLEASE answer this one.

It's so hard to know what exactly they'll take with them. I think certainly my general enthusiasm for food, and for feeding them but in terms of actual recipes, I think it will be a toss up between my sunday night pasta (pasta, chicken stock, butter, touch of cream) and my mother's praised chicken, which is a kind of cross between poached chicken, braised chicken, and chicken soup (recipe on my website)! There would also be a strong case for pasta with ham and peas and custard cream hearts. I rather feel the pasta dishes will be the ones they take with them initially, but I think my ma's chicken might be what they feed their families much later.... I live in hope!

Nigella, what are your views on polygamy?

If things ever sour with Charles, DH & I would have you.

Just sayin'. wink

Blatherskite Tue 13-Dec-11 13:18:24

Hi Nigella. We've got a really busy week this week with the build-up to DD's 2nd Birthday on Saturday and Christmas beyond that. I can see that there are going to be a few nights where the children are going to get fed evil oven chips just because I don't have the time or the inclination to make anything else.

What do you feed your family when you're busy and tired??

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:18:50

MordechaiVanunu

Nigella, I posted my adoration for you and How to eat early in the thread. (in case you think I've over looked that!)

I'd love a little inside goss on life with the elusive Mr. Saatchi...have you watched any good DVD box sets recently? If not, what do you watch on TV together and who has the remote??

We really love The Good Wife (a Ridley and Tony Scott prog starring Juliana Margulies, sorry if I've spelt her name wrong) and I am afraid to admit I have conceded remote powers entirely....

herecomesthsun Tue 13-Dec-11 13:19:38

Another plea for a low carb (possibly very creamy) and non-alcoholic pudding for after Xmas dinner from someone unfortunate enough to have gstational diabtes at Xmas time...

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:20:22

JollyBear

Hello Nigella,

I love all the chocolate cakes in feast but my cling film melted on the chocolate. loaf cake. Did my cheap cling film just not cut the mustard?

It should have recommended ovenproof clingfilm, but it is safer to dispense with it altogether if you've had melting issues. I am sorry!

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 13:21:03

Oh thank you for answering my question. I remember most of those recipes from your books I think. Must try the chicken.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:21:12

mrsmplus3

Hi Nigella,

I will be spending all day on Christmas eve preparing the Christmas dinner for the next day (feeding 11).
Once that's done, the last thing I will want to do at night on Christmas eve is start making a dinner for me, my husband and 3 kids for that night.

Can you recommend an easy but tasty meal we could all eat on christmas eve? We're not too fussy but kids wouldn't want anything too fancy either.
I'd be prepared to make a Christmas eve meal on the 23rd though if that's any help to you?

Thanks in advance. Hope you have a wonderful time at Christmas and hope to see you on the telly again soon.

Mrs M

I would suggest you make what I do which is my macaroni cheese de luxe, although admittedly you will have to reduce portions quite a bit as I cook a ham and macaroni cheese for a big supper on Christmas Eve hoping for leftovers afterwards. Cold ham augments cold turkey, and having some macaroni cheese in the fridge to reheat when fractious children need to be fed is a big plus over this time of year!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:21:36

AitchTwoOHoHoHo

omg that mushroom stroganoff... now add double cream, now add butter, a gallon more cream then more butter... delicious of course.

are you bringing out a diet book any time soon? i do like your japanese-ish recipes in HTE, more of those please. naturally low-fat and healthy but without any actual mealtime sacrifice is what i'm after, please.

I'm working on an Italian-inspired book at the moment and I feel this is fantastic food for feeling wonderful and eating well!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:23:15

OliviaMumsnet

Nigella

Am gutted not to be able to make it into the Towers today.

Just want to say along side almost everyone else on the thread that think you are fab. My domestic goddess book has so many spatters etc it falls open to the the page. Will be whipping up some of your courgette cake into muffins for a new baby later.

V quick but rather specific one, I made the rest of the office some of your butter cut out biscuits when I went to visit last week. (and covered in edible glitter - they were super kitsch, hope you would approve)

Do you think the leftover dough will work as those stained glass biscuits where you do the clever thing with the boiled sweets and melt them? (have never attempted)
TIA

I'm sorry to miss you - but I am afraid I cannot answer your question as much as I long to make those clever stained glass window things with biscuits, I somehow feel I might never get around to it.....

joshandjamie Tue 13-Dec-11 13:24:01

I couldn't get through Christmas without your Christmas book Nigella and I would happily forego sex forever in exchange for the gingerbread stuffing. I make it EVERY year.

Q: any suggestions for a Christmassy themed casserole dish for Christmas Eve (not your lamb tagine - that is coming out for New Year). Tx

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:24:12

bananamam

Nigella!!! Awestruck...hiblush.....

What are YOU having for christmas dinner?...Also we are thinking of beef..just a simple roast, any way to to spruce it up? smile

Fab to have you on MN!!

If I don't have turkey for Christmas Dinner it just wouldn't feel like Christmas. However, a rib roast of beef is a big treat and very festive. I make mine Christmassy by making a pork and stilton gravy to go with (recipe in the Xmas book). And you could do sprouts and chestnuts and some roast potatoes and maple-glazed parsnips to go with. But I would tend to hold the bread and cranberry sauces!

MordechaiVanunu Tue 13-Dec-11 13:25:13

Yes!!!!

I've been chatting with Nigella about life with Chaz (at least that's I'm going to play it with my mum!!!)

<goes off to dance around kitchen island with joy and kiss your lovely face on Nigella Express>

And then order The Good Wife coz Nigella recommended it to ME!!!!

Katn Tue 13-Dec-11 13:25:58

Hello!!
Can you think of anything nice to do with Poussin? I have a couple I got out for dinner and I'm being indecisive. I'll make whatever you suggest...

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:26:42

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas

I love your books, and the way that you write. In particular, I love the chocolate birthday cake in your How To Eat book. I have made it so often for my boys, who are now 19 and 16, that it falls open at that page, and is very spattered and stained!

But the one recipe of yours that I really didn't like was your Ham in Coke. Yet other people here and in real life rave about it.

When I'd cooked it, the liquor was revolting. It smelt like petrol. I definitely didn't want to keep it to use in making soup! What do you think went wrong? ( I didn't use diet Coke, I used normal Coke)

Maybe nothing went wrong - maybe you just don't like it! We all do have different tastes, you know, and there is no reason why everyone would be enthusiastic about the same recipes. And enough people - as you say - do rave about the ham in coke, so I can't see it as anything other than a matter of taste. I know not everyone likes the coca cola ham stock after and for them my black bean soup notion is therefore unattractive, but I have only ever been able to write recipes that I like, and I suggest if the stock tastes unpleasant, don't cook with it!
Have you tried my ham in ginger ale, btw?

davidtennantsmistress Tue 13-Dec-11 13:27:01

hi Nigella, love your chocolate cheese cake recipe. smile. the baking stuff's helped distract from xmas atm.

not sure if it's been asked or not yet, but what's the one thing in your kitchen you absolutely could never be without?

JollyBear Tue 13-Dec-11 13:27:39

That's ok Nigella! (faints) I didn't waste it. I just picked off the melty bits and enjoyed it regardless.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:27:40

ShirleyKnot

Oh Holy Wow!

Nigella!

Firstly, I'd like to say how much I bloody love your recipes, books and TV programmes - I have never made a recipe of yours that I didn't love and you have inspired me over and over again. I love how you make us readers/watchers feel like a friend and a part of your family (I love it when your children are mentioned in your books - and always say "Oh my GOD! Look at have they've grown!" when they appear in your programmes) I'll stop all the awe struck stuff now. At least. I'll try.

(Apart from one thing. The Rosemary Remembrance Cake - I just want you to know that I have baked this cake on many occasions for many friends and family. It has been wonderful to be able to provide some way of letting people know that I'm thinking of them during times of grief and I just wanted to thank you so much for that)

So, my question - apart from the obvious - can I come for tea one day? - I'm going to ask about the recent photo shoot you did for the front cover of Stylist (as part of your guest editor edition), How many wet wipes did it take to get rid of that caramel? and did you manage not to stick your tongue out to have a taste?

<sounds pervy>
<begs Justine to tell Nigella I'm quite normal>

grin

Forget wet wipes, I had to give myself a thorough hosing down in the shower, for about a half an hour! I didn't even think of trying to lick the caramel off while doing the pic as actually it felt rather creepy running down my face like that!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:28:08

outwardbound

Hello there smile

Who would you be most nervous cooking for?

Well, I'm going to make a yule log with a 6-year-old this afternoon, and I'm pretty nervous about that!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:29:31

Brunhilde

Nigella - agree with Mistressofpemberly - How To Eat best written cook book ever.

Am a huge fan of your tips on fripperies - nail polish, wrapping paper, best sites (dh holds you totally resp for my crack-addiction to Stumbledupon).

So, come on, beguile us with the latest beautiful, delightful nonsense that gives us joy.

Working up an enthusiasm for Evernote Food (a free app)

Massively excited to 'see' you here, Nigella, I am a huge fan and your books and very well-used in my house, especially Domestic Goddess - your fairy cakes recipe is the best and never fails to get me a few compliments although the raw mix is so yummy I'm surprised it ever actually makes it into the oven!

Anyway, I digress... Like a lot of people I am getting into baking a lot more these days (combination of hungry family to feed, wanting to eat less processed stuff, watching the pennies and because I really enjoy it). I wondered what kitchen implements you'd count as essentials for someone just getting started. I've got the basics but would love some insider tips for what else I might need.

Thanks and Happy Christmas
J

ShirleyKnot Tue 13-Dec-11 13:29:55

<swoons>

<fans self>

grin

bagpuss Tue 13-Dec-11 13:31:41

Hi Nigella

Not a question but a comment from me. I've just made your chilli jam from the website (it is cooling as I type!). From the little bit I have tasted ( from the hob as it boiled over!) I have to say I can hardly wait to use it. It is such a lovely easy recipe too, so thank you!

yippee! DD is on sofa coughing and spluttering and off school and I am on MN with Nigella! grin

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:33:08

Get0rf

Oh how wonderful.

Hello Nigella.

I love your books and think you write so beautifully. My favourite book by far is Feast - I really love the different themes and your knowledge of and love for the different regional and ethnic foods is inspiring. I adore the Georgian Feast, and the Jewish recipes.

Two questions - firstly, what is your next book going to be about? I would love it if it would be similar to Feast, expanding on themes such as Jewish food (like a modern version of Claudia Roden).

Secondly, the strongest theme of your writing is your sense of the past, and your memories of cooking with your mother and siblings, such as the memory of your mothers 60's blender, and making mayonnaise from a young age. Have you considered writing an autobiography?

My next book will be inspired by Italian food, which is in itself autobiographical really in that I learnt to love Italian food when I went to work in Italy for a year between school and uni and needed to learn Italian. Not only did I learn how to speak Italian, but I learnt how to cook Italian food, and cemented a relationship with Italy that is fundamental to me. Even my children have Italian names!
But the thing is, I don't think I'd either want to write a straight autobiography, or even remember enough to do so. When I write about food, though, I feel that I say everything that I feel about life.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:33:25

thisonehasalittlecar

Hi Nigella,
I have always thought of myself as someone who loves cooking, but the recent years of cooking for my not always fulsome with gratitude husband and small children have made me realise that actually I just love eating nice food and cook it because no-one else is going to cook it for me.

My question is, doing it both for your family and your job, do you ever get sick of it? Given that you are, shall we say, pretty financially secure, do you ever think, 'Sod it, someone else can do this now.' I think if I won the lottery I might just throw in the towel on the whole thing and hire a personal chef (and hand her/him all my bookmarked copies of your books, natch wink )

Reading this over it sounds a bit like me and cooking are in a stale marriage and I'm writing to a relationship columnist for advice: Nigella, the spark in my kitchen is dead, how can I get back the love???

Well, I certainly do look forward to being cooked for by my children (can it measure up to the joy I felt when they could make me cups of tea?) but I am not sure if I am suited to having decisions about food taken away from me. The day in, day out thing of what to cook can get difficult sometimes, but I find I need to engage in it, and enjoy the actual cooking, unless I am too exhausted or bad tempered - and even then, it can be the easiest part of the day!
Having said that, I do love being cooked for, but if I were given the choice between always being cooked for or always cooking, the latter would be what I'd go for.

Oh Nigella, I just need to tell you you've cheered me up immensely in the first years of my life in the UK (which were quite gloomy). Thank you, and I love your chocolate cloud cake!

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 13:34:11

bagpuss Chilli Jam is fantastic - livens up a ham sandwich, great with cheese and crackers. I make some every year and (begrudgingly) give a few away as pressies grin Needed to remember to use the latex gloves this year, never had a problem before but last year's chillies stung my fingers for a day!

BigBlueBear Tue 13-Dec-11 13:34:26

Dear Nigella,

I've already expressed my general appreciation for you earlier on this thread, but I wondered if you could encourage your publishers to bring out more of your books in e-book or Kindle format? I'm keen to liberate the shelf that is currently groaning from the weight of (mostly your) cookbooks, and would love to have them all in one place so I can search them.

Thanks,

BBB (who has recommended many of your books and has started a cookbook sharing club to spread the joy)

Waswondering Tue 13-Dec-11 13:34:44

Good afternoon!

I love Christmas food - my favourite time of year! - but there is a point midway between Christmas and new year when you kinda long for cheese on toast, or plane fare, before facing the excesses of new year and the second round of parties.

Do you have any recommendations for easy can't-be-bothered-and-have-eaten-too-much family meals for that period?

smile

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:35:37

AhsataN

hi Nigella do you have a quick and easy ginger bread biscuit recipe, or festive treats i could make with my fussy eater of a 2 yr old. thank you

I do have some ginger bread biscuits, which I think of as edible Christmas tree decorations, but I think my butter cut out biscuits may be a better bet. My children always loved them and still do!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:35:55

SugarAndSpiceMistletoeAndWine

Hi Nigella,

A little bit awe struck here, have all your books and love them, your recipes even featured prominently in my wedding!

I know you have emphasised speedy recipes, what is your favourite short cut to use which still tastes just as good?

Have a wonderful christmas!

I suppose my most regular short-cut (in that I probably use it everyday) is that I use garlic-infused oil rather than peeling and chopping and then cooking garlic in a recipe. Purists look down on this, but I am afraid I doubt I will ever shake the habit.

AitchTwoOHoHoHo Tue 13-Dec-11 13:36:02

cheers, would WHOLLY AND UTTERLY look forward to more italian recipes.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Dec-11 13:36:47

NigellaLawson

OliviaMumsnet

Nigella

Am gutted not to be able to make it into the Towers today.

Just want to say along side almost everyone else on the thread that think you are fab. My domestic goddess book has so many spatters etc it falls open to the the page. Will be whipping up some of your courgette cake into muffins for a new baby later.

V quick but rather specific one, I made the rest of the office some of your butter cut out biscuits when I went to visit last week. (and covered in edible glitter - they were super kitsch, hope you would approve)

Do you think the leftover dough will work as those stained glass biscuits where you do the clever thing with the boiled sweets and melt them? (have never attempted)
TIA

I'm sorry to miss you - but I am afraid I cannot answer your question as much as I long to make those clever stained glass window things with biscuits, I somehow feel I might never get around to it.....

Hmm, so does this mean that if I get around to it myself attempt and don't muck it up succeed that I get the right to call myself a DomesticGoddess?

grin

Waswondering Tue 13-Dec-11 13:36:57

(aaaarrrrgh! A typo in my question ... that was "plain fare" ... not the jet plane version!)

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:37:35

housemum

This has now reminded me that I haven't made this year's Chilli Jam (from your Christmas book, that and the Christmas Rocky Road are essential items in my house grin )

Have you thought about writing a children's cookery book, perhaps your children's favourite recipes from when they were young? Not so "worthy" as the cooking-for-children books often are, but enjoyable food for kids to eat that they can take a part in cooking as well?

I almost had a signed copy of your Domestic Goddess book once, DH was supposed to have ordered it via Waitrose when it came out. On Christmas Day I eagerly unwrapped it to find that he had forgotten all about it until way after the offer had sold out, so I have a copy with "Merry Christmas from Nigella Lawson" cut out ransom-note style, with your name cut out from a copy of the Sunday Times magazine where you wrote the column at the time. 11 years later he is almost forgiven... (Particularly since buying the Kitchen Aid and Magimix for me wink )

In every book I've ever written, there's been a part dedicated to cooking for or with children, and I suppose I have never thought of separating that and making it the only theme....
I'm sorry about your unsigned book, but a ransom-note-style signature seems a lot more original!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:37:48

lemonbonbons

Hi Nigella ,

I would like to make a Xmas Trifle this year. For all sorts of reasons ( I won t go into here ) it must be the best trifle anyone has ever tasted grin

Which book / recipe should I follow ?

Thank You in advance x smile

Oh dear, I always think it's hard when anyone focusses too much on the judgment of others. It's too tense-making. I'm even tense trying to think of what trifle to recommend to you. But I'll give it a go. If you want to go trad, then my Boozy British Trifle (N Christmas) is the best route to take; if you want a little seasonal kitsch (and serious deliciousness) then go for the Chocolate Cherry Trifle in Feast. In the interests of thoroughness, I should also alert you to my Raspberry and Lemongrass trifle (Bites) and my Anglo-Italian (forever summer) which introduces blackberries, limoncello and mascarpone. Frozen fruit should be fine with these....

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:39:51

herecomesthsun

Welcome to Mumsnet! My Xmas dilemma is that I have gestational diabetes. So, very limited sugar and other carbs (diabetes) in addition to restrictions on alcohol, pate, some cured meats and cheese etc etc (pregnancy). I can however eat cream and butter (there are some small mercies).

I was thinking of a festive pannacotta for Xmas dessert (high on cream and relatively low on sugar). I wondered whether you would have any advice on how how to minimise the sugar content and still get a decadent dessert that sets. We are not going to be using much/any alcohol as I'm pregnant and our little boy is 3 (flaming brandy is much of the point of Xmas pudding, so we might simply omit it this year). I was wondering about using agave nectar or fructose. Or would you recommend any other sort of sweet course for Christmas Day?

I really am not qualified to give any sort of advice which concerns a medical condition. You might have to choose between watching others eat or making them not eat pud! Good luck...

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:40:12

Tobagostreet

Hi Nigella - I love you almost as much as the food you make/write about grin.

My question is: are you cooking Christmas Dinner yourself this year - and if so, what starter are you making? I'm looking for inspiration and I always find this the hardest course to decide upon, as everyone has different expectations, whereas turkey/goose for main and a selection of puds all satisfy.

Oh - and can I come to a get together at your house too? I'll bring wine??

thanks

I don't think I am cooking Christmas Dinner this year but I never make a starter. There's quite enough food as it is, plus I really don't think it's manageable to start clearing tables and re-laying for main course. If you feel you cannot go starterless, then I'd hand around a plate of soda bread or pumpernickel spread with a little horseradish mixed with creme fraiche, with a tiny bit of smoked salmon, then a little pickled red cabbage (from a jar!) and fresh dill to decorate.

The Holiday trifle with dried apricots is good too- something a bit different. Raspberry and lemon is truly fab though but would prefer fresh local ones for that.

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 13:40:23

Thanks for the answer, just wondered as DD2 (8 years old) loves looking at her own cookbooks but they are either 100 ways with celery and couscous, or full of desserts. Will be giving Anna del Conte's book a go, though...

ameliagrey Tue 13-Dec-11 13:42:29

Do you try to maintain any semblance of healthy eating over Christmas- and if so, what? or do you throw caution to the wind for a couple of days?

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:42:43

Pinner35

Welcome Nigella.....I have just been on facebook (before I saw you were coming on here) and the last words I typed were "Nigella rocks" so I'm thrilled to have you on here.

I have all of your books and most of my staple "go to" recipes are yours however, in these times of economising, having less time, etc please please please could you develop some recipes for the slow cooker. There are so many people who use them but are stuck in a casserole / chilli rut. I.e. me!

Oh and in the Kitchen book - where did you get the "how do you take your tea" poster? I NEED ONE! Sorry, that's one request and one question...

Happy Christmas!!

I am afraid I just can't get on with a slow cooker. I know many people are mad for them, but I am not one of them. Maybe you could consider the pressure cooker route. There's a good book called Lorna Sass on cooking with pressure cookers. I'd like to say it's called Grace Under Pressure but I could be fantasising.
My friend and close colleague Hettie made me that 'How do you drink your tea?' picture. I told her at the time she could go into business with it!

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:43:03

storminabuttercup

Oh my god, oh my god! <fans self>

My first question is can you recommend a lovely Christmas day breakfast recipe!

Secondly, are you a mumsnetter? You don't have to tell us your name!

That I can certainly do! I have no trouble recommending you my Christmas Morning Muffins on www.nigella.com And they make the house smell so gorgeously festive too!

nevergoogle Tue 13-Dec-11 13:44:14

Nigella, How important do you think sensuality and sexiness is for chefs?

Personally I refuse to use a recipe from anybody that doesn't stir the loins somewhat.

For example.
Delia, NO.
Ramsay, certainly. Especially if he shouts at me. grrrr.
The guy with the moustache off ready steady cook, NO.
River cottage guy, maybe after a few ciders.

And...which other celeb chef does it for you?

grin

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:45:01

nursenic

Happy Christmas Nigella.

Like you,I am a collector of kitsch cookbooks. My first was 'Are You Hungry Tonight?', a collection of interviews of and recipes by, Elvis's nearest and dearest. My latest find is 'Biker Billy's Hog Wild On A Harley Cookbook' and The 'Little House On The Prairie' cookbook. I can also recommend NPR's 'Kitchen Sister's Hidden Kitchens food/recipe book.

What is your favourite kitsch cookbook?

Sneaky second question-Have you tried the NY Cheesecake recipe from the 'Juniors' cookbook? It surpasses Lindy's.

I have some of the books you mention, but not all and I want them ALL. I am about to investigate and to aright this wrong!

So hard to say what my favourite kitsch title is, but quite keen on the cookery book from the World Wrestling Foundation called 'Can You Feel the Heat?'

Hi Nigella. I am a big fan of you and your cooking/cookery books. smile I can't tell you how many people ask for recipes of your chocolate guinness cake, so I could thank you for that alone... esp as the last one I made raised lots of money for Macmillan grin. And for teaching me how to do Christmas successfully for my family the first time I hosted 5 years ago, when I sat crosslegged on our bare floorboards in between decorating the room, to learn, learn, learn!

My question to you would be how you balance the wonderful bountiful recipes and cooking with not becoming obese? I love that you cook with "real" ingredients and don't shy away from butter etc... but I am also slightly concerned that I don't know the full story so how do you balance it all, because whilst being curvaceous (a good thing) you always look great! Do you spend all non-cooking time at the gym? hmm

Many thanks.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:45:28

worldgonecrazy

<awestruck>

If you're cooking for just yourself, what is your favourite meal for a comfort-eating-stuck-at-home evening?

Would you like to join my campaign for bringing champagne coupes back into vogue??

Sorry that's two questions - I got a bit carried away.

Easy: rye toast drizzled with Mellow Yellow cold-pressed rapeseed oil, with a peeled soft boiled egg squished on top with lots of coarsely ground white pepper and sea salt flakes. I know it's breakfast, but it is the most heavenly supper too. I feel safe and happy eating it any time of the day.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:46:09

MistressofPemberley

Nigella, I don't really have one single question for you, I just wanted to sycophantically fawn a little. You are my cooking and lifestyle idol.
I bought How to Eat as a treat for myself 11 years ago after my first 'proper job' interview. I love your style of writing; witty, erudite and so passionate. The book (now part of a huge collection) is still my most used and most read. Eleven years later, it has kept me company and held my hand through various slimming campaigns, dinner parties, evenings of eating on my own, Sunday lunches, baby weaning days and children's parties. It's an old friend- quite simply the best cookbook I've ever read. Thank you!

Thank YOU - and thank you to everyone who has written such lovely things

lubeybaublely Tue 13-Dec-11 13:46:27

Hi Nigella, I have long been a follower of the website and TV programmes but only recently bought three of your books, Kitchen, Christmas and Express to keep and refer to more easily

What are your personal favourites from those three?

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:48:54

Jux

Hi Nigella, how lovely to have you here.

Some time ago, I went to a butcher which I don't generally use and got a brace of grouse. They were really tough old birds and we didn't enjoy them much, which was a shame as I love game and wanted to convert my husband. Obviously it didn't work!

What do you think would be the best way to cook grouse, partridge or pheasant of unknown provenance to ensure it is successful.

(We have a brilliant butcher we use every day, but on the above occasion he was in hospital and the shop was closed. The butcher I used instead assured me that the birds were young and tender. I've never used them again, surprisingly!)

Lucky you if you don't like grouse, as they are expensive and rare! I don't know if I can lump all those game birds together as they don't necessarily need to be cooked the same way. I am not mad about pheasant but like it enough when casseroled with apples and cider; grouse and partridge I think are best roasted. I sometimes like to put a little mascarpone, red wine and chopped rosemary or thyme in a grouse before it goes into the oven, although for me, just smeared with butter or goose fat and 20 mins or so in a very hot oven is perfection.

bagelmonkey Tue 13-Dec-11 13:49:22

Hi Nigella

What would be your desert island ingredient or meal? Mine would be bagels. smile

dolceebanana Tue 13-Dec-11 13:50:34

Nigella, I must say, Christmas really starts with you and your festive programmes...am also a great fan of your books, and those little cashmere cardi's you wear...We do your Turkey, and gingerbread stuffing, and Buche de Noel...all very scrummy indeed.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:51:44

AgentProvocateur

Nigella, I love your books. I don't often cook from them, but I love reading them in bed and imagining what I would cook if I had more time.

I'd like to make some sort of savoury nibble/biscuit in advance, so that I can offer it to any guests who drop by for a wee sherry! I once made very thin biscuits with, I think, Parmesan and carraway seeds, but I can't find the recipe anywhere. What would you recommend?

PS Nothing with dried fruit, please!

Well, my cheese stars always go down well (and there should be a recipe on www.stylist.co.uk) but I do also have a slightly more grown up and truly delicious blue cheese biscuit in Domestic Goddess (I think)

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:54:48

BlackSwan

Hi Nigella, there's a gaping hole in my roast dinner repertoire... I cannot make a palatable gravy. If there is a foolproof method I would certainly appreciate you sharing it!
thanks thanks thanksthanks thanks thanksthanks thanks thanks

Yes, gravy is a difficult thing and I have had to apply myself, though along the coffee, it is not something I feel very confident about (I conclude brown liquids not my thing) but what I have found is that gravy is very much better if you don't concentrate too much on the oven dish method, but work hard at the broth making bit. So for turkey, I make a spiced stock with aromatics plus giblets etc, and then can make the gravy in advance (very important for my state of mind on the day) but I often make onion gravy which is a good way to go, and delicious when made with a bit of cider.

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:57:18

BelleEnd

Now look, Nigella. All these other posters, they say they're fans. They say your recipes are the nicest, you have nice jumpers, their husbands like your hair etc etc. But let me tell you. D'you remember about a decade ago, there was a craze of wearing t-shirts with 'Kylie' or 'Madonna' or 'Britney' in big sparkly letters across the front? Well I had one specially made with 'Nigella' in huge purple 50s writing. And I wore it for three years until it fell apart in the wash. Thus, I am your biggest fan. (Please don't worry. I'm not as weird as I sound. And lots of women nodded knowingly at my boobs when I wore that shirt.) grin

My question- The reason I, and a lot of people, love your recipes is that they're often easy, without a list of obscure ingredients, and a lot of them have a kitsch quality that really appeals. But I was wondering if you'd come across much snobbery about kitsch, easy food in cheffy circles?

Thank you for your recipes, your inspirations, and your melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings x

Thank you! And funnily, when I went on Have I Got News For You, I went on with a t-shirt with Delia written in glittery cursive!
Yes, I think I am much looked down on in cheffy circles. But I am unapologetic about being a home cook rather than a chef, so all is fine!

LizLemon Tue 13-Dec-11 13:58:16

My goodness, but I think you have saved my life in the kitchen more times than I care to remember. It's been a joy to pull out How to Eat lately and visit the pages for a children's party, which were so irrelevant to me when I bought the book smile Also my 2 yr old son has a habit of saying "there's mummy on the picture" whenever he sees your books, so I am delighted with that too!

My question is with regard to reluctant husband cooks - is there a good, solid recipe that you know can tempt a male to providing food? Once a week would do me...

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 13:58:45

NigellaLawson

worldgonecrazy

<awestruck>

If you're cooking for just yourself, what is your favourite meal for a comfort-eating-stuck-at-home evening?

Would you like to join my campaign for bringing champagne coupes back into vogue??

Sorry that's two questions - I got a bit carried away.

Easy: rye toast drizzled with Mellow Yellow cold-pressed rapeseed oil, with a peeled soft boiled egg squished on top with lots of coarsely ground white pepper and sea salt flakes. I know it's breakfast, but it is the most heavenly supper too. I feel safe and happy eating it any time of the day.

PS I am v anti-flute and actually working on some fab designs for champagne saucers, ie coupes, right now; they are lovely as glasses for spoony type desserts

BigEmma Tue 13-Dec-11 13:59:36

Can I squeeze a quickie in? Just wondered, do you agree with your Dad on Climate Change or are you worried about it?

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 14:01:01

LizLemon

My goodness, but I think you have saved my life in the kitchen more times than I care to remember. It's been a joy to pull out How to Eat lately and visit the pages for a children's party, which were so irrelevant to me when I bought the book smile Also my 2 yr old son has a habit of saying "there's mummy on the picture" whenever he sees your books, so I am delighted with that too!

My question is with regard to reluctant husband cooks - is there a good, solid recipe that you know can tempt a male to providing food? Once a week would do me...

My sound man was converted to the kitchen instantly by my linguine with raw sliced mushrooms with garlic, lemon and thyme (it's in Express, but also on nigella.com) so why not start with that?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Dec-11 14:01:26

Thanks so much to Nigella and for all those who sent in questions

NigellaLawson Tue 13-Dec-11 14:01:42

Thanks for so many great questions, not all of which I've been able to answer. But wanted to say thanks and bye!

HoHoOpotomus Tue 13-Dec-11 14:19:16

love you Nigella thanks for the coke ham, union square nuts and clementine cake. It's so good to have these basics I can make at drop of a hat, without a recipe book to hand. no question - just hello, you're lovely

Jux Tue 13-Dec-11 14:30:58

Thanks for answering my question. We can get grouse relatively easily here and it's not that expensive (cheaper than goose certainly! but that's mainly because it's a lot smaller).

I'm going to chat to my butcher about what to have for Xmas, though he suggested duck last week, but I'm quite keen to capitalise on DH's liking for the pheasant we had on Sunday (I agree, pheasant isn't anything like so good, but it's a start).

Partridge is harder to get here than anything else, but I might ask my uncle if he's going out shooting.....!

Think I am going to faint - I can now say that Nigella is backing the "Bring back the Champagne Coupe" campaign! smile

IReallyHateMyCat Tue 13-Dec-11 16:34:12

Nigella didn't answer my question. I have died a little inside

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 16:35:58

Ahem. I believe that champagne coupes are regarded as 'not so good' by Those Who Know because the bubbles dissipate much more quickly than in a flute.

Depends how fast you're drinking it I guess. wink

Your waiter won't be able to carry as many coupes either though, so it's swings and roundabouts.

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Tue 13-Dec-11 16:45:31

I'm so sorry that I missed this. Drat that Real Life! But thanks to Nigella for answering loads of questions, and thanks for answering mine too.

But we still don't know if she's a MNetter ... grin

midnight I know, but they are a lot more fun than flutes, and to be quite honest, the champagne doesn't hang around long enough for a notable loss of bubbles. It does affect the flavour somewhat, and seems to suit demi-sec champagnes better than the very dry ones. I am having a lot of fun experimenting with the different champagnes.

You can't wave your hand around quite as much with a coupe but the overall aesthetic is a lot more pleasing, and that is half the pleasure of champagne.

At the risk of outing myself, I started experimenting with the different glasses last year, really struggled to find anywhere that sold them. I a happy to note that Harvey Nichs have started using them in their champagne bar too, so I think there may be a trend back towards the coupe in the not too distant future.

The ideal glass for a champagne, from a taste view, is supposed to be a fat tulip shape, slightly narrower at the top than in the body of the glass. Given how most people quaff it down, I don't think it matters.

Bringing back the coupe is about bringing out the fun side of champagne, not getting all serious about the glass shape.

She didnt answer my question either ihatemycat so we can sulk together.

But its ok, Delia did and suggested a recipe. grin

midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 17:14:39

My goodness, you are serious about this (in a frivolous, fun kinda way, natch) aren't you worldgonecrazy? grin

And yes, I agree that champagne in one perfectly manicured hand, with the other perfectly manicured hand positioned elegantly on hip, or holding long cigarette holder is way more stylish. On a woman. Not so sure about man + coupe. Possibly a bit fey?

CarolCervix Tue 13-Dec-11 17:19:44

I have some excellent champagne bowl thingys i bought yonks ago on ebay. i got 16 of them for 50p. in original boxes too. they are ver sophisticated and goog.

anyway. Nigella didn't answer my question so I'm afraid Delia is my favourite.

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Tue 13-Dec-11 17:22:12

I can't help it. Those champagne coupes just make me think of Babycham! Back in my day, when I was 13 starting to drink, Babycham was the height of sophistication, don't you know.

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Tue 13-Dec-11 17:23:20
midnightexpress Tue 13-Dec-11 17:23:54

grin. Well yes there is also that problem BIWI.

MissWooWoo Tue 13-Dec-11 17:44:03

ladies (and gents)

which Nigella book is the best? I don't have any but after a MNetter posted a rather lush Nigella brownie recipe on here recently I really rather fancy one.

Which to get?

smartyparts Tue 13-Dec-11 18:03:21

Am shocked re flute vs coupe. I love a flute - we have some Vera Wang ones ready for Christmas morning.

Was she lovely MN towers?

She answered my question! <preens>

MissWooWoo - I really rate How To Eat, esp if your kids are v young. I also love Express and Domestic Goddess, but Nigella Bites, not so much.

rubyslippers Tue 13-Dec-11 18:09:31

Oh she answered my question smile

<<thrilled>>

rubyslippers Tue 13-Dec-11 18:10:18

how to eat is my Nigella bible and I love how to be a domestic goddess (molten baby cakes recipe in there)

SantaffetaClaus Tue 13-Dec-11 18:24:57

She didn't answer my question sad. And it was a bloody good question, if I say so myself.

But Delia did. grin

shoves Nigella's books to back of shelf

AitchTwoOHoHoHo Tue 13-Dec-11 20:48:06

coupes, eh? i always thougth they were called josephine glasses, after her tits? or am i thinking of something else?

i cannot drink out of them. always slitter down my front.

mrsmplus3 Tue 13-Dec-11 21:47:29

i know she'll never get this but THANK YOU NIGELLA!!! SHE REPLIED TO ME!!!!

i cant believe it. my husband just hugged me and said 'well done darlin'.

i am so chuffed. tee hee

sandy06 Tue 13-Dec-11 21:50:00

hi Bucharest, thanks for the answer, that's really helpful!! X

Solo Tue 13-Dec-11 22:24:45

<Cries in the corner> I missed Nigella sad. I love Nigella and I missssed her.....

scottishmummy Tue 13-Dec-11 22:29:50

she sidestepped the why do the why does branding dwell upon looks and physique as commodity
suppose she had too many sycophants to answer all chirruping how much they love her

I missed her too, Solo - I had to take ds2 to the orthodontist, dammit.

She may have decided not to answer the question about the branding dwelling on looks etc, scottishmummy, but saying it was because there were 'too many sycophants' looks like sour grapes on your part.

housemum Tue 13-Dec-11 23:53:31

The revival of a coupe would also bring back the Saturday-night-variety-show trick of a tower of champagne glasses being filled by pouring into the top one and cascading down

Can we categorically decide on coupe or flute, I am coveting some flutes in the Emma Bridgewater catalogue so if we decide coupes that saves a fortune...

Still being a miserable old sow then, SM?

Meh I never get answered on these things. It's the name innit?

Bucharest Wed 14-Dec-11 08:17:07

<sour-ish grapes here too> (maybe cranberries? grin)
Delia came over better (and not just because she answered more questions, including mine) but because she actually answered them rather than saying "look at my website, look at page 14 of my book" Even the daft personal questions like me asking her if she really made workmen piddle in the garden.
I still love Nigella's books, and her writing,and her recipes but I think I want Delia to be my Mum.

My mum does really look like Delia. Can't cook like her, though! grin

Omg!!!! Nigella replied to me! Only just had time to read the thread!

I asked about breakfast and she said to make the muffins!

Did hope for something more original like!

aftereight Wed 14-Dec-11 13:22:05

worldgonecrazy I am with you on the champagne coupe.
Have you visited the shop in Camden Passage which sells vintage glassware? They have some fantastic champagne porn stuff.
I am now the proud owner of a set of vintage etched coupe(s?) and this Christmas my house will be a flute free zone grin

IReallyHateMyCat Wed 14-Dec-11 13:46:42

^she sidestepped the why do the why does branding dwell upon looks and physique as commodity
suppose she had too many sycophants to answer all chirruping how much they love her^

scottishmummy it was a webchat for food in the xmas season.. why should the questions dwell on her looks?... she doesn't owe answers to personal and impertinent questions.

aftereight thanks for that. Unfortunately everytime I am in London I am working so don't have much time for shopping. I will have to tell my boss I have an important errand one lunchtime and may be some time . . . .

drinkystinkyyuletidegubbins Wed 14-Dec-11 15:02:45

Thank you so much for answering my question Nigella - I'll be putting your advice and lovely stuffing recipe to good use!

nursenic Wed 14-Dec-11 21:33:26

Worldgonecrazy-

LSA do Champagne coupes. I have some original 1920's ones passed down to me. We are too scared to use them and merely worship them from time to time.

LSA are for everyday.

nursenic Wed 14-Dec-11 21:35:43

Hope NL does read and enjoy my book suggestions. Knowing the type of kitsch books in her collection (i share her addiction) such as Liberace Cooks, they sound appropriate! She'll love those if she has time to read them.

scottishmummy Thu 15-Dec-11 13:39:49

nl usp and brand heavily emphasise her looks an appearance,imo it's
relevant to comment/ask about the marketing of her image.of course she is under no compulsion to answer any question.

BarryStar Thu 15-Dec-11 18:16:25

Anybody else a teeny bit disappointed? Nothing to do with the fact she didn't answer my question (ahem), just something about the way she came across, or am I being very unfair?

SantaffetaClaus Thu 15-Dec-11 18:18:04

Not unfair IMO Barry. I think she had a lot to live up to, given the recent excellent webchats with Delia and Dan, though.

not at all pissed off she didn't answer my bloody excellent question

nursenic Thu 15-Dec-11 19:23:51

Barrystar- What impression ion did she make on you?

NL is actually quite a 'bluestocking'. A friend of mine knows her and says she is what the French would call 'une serieuse'. The media image and the reality are yards apart-remember how 'stiff' she was in her short lived interview series?

I wonder if it was frustrating for her to be asked for advice regarding how to cook certain meals/foods when her recipes are already so easily accessible?

I don't see the problem with it but maybe she was thinking 'google it or read my books-the books you say you all have?'......(that's not my own thought BTW, before I get flamed (smile)).

Maybe she was expecting less of the 'how do I cook/what could I cook'?

IMHO I think NL is less confident in the 'advisory' capacity and does not like the interview process. I get the impression she is quite didactic; she prefers to instruct folks in what she feels confident about instructing and ad lib advice is less natural for her.

MistressofPemberley Thu 15-Dec-11 19:45:29

Well, I'm happy. She responded to my chirruping.
Thanks NL!
grin and blush

ShirleyKnot Thu 15-Dec-11 19:47:22

She answered my question (WHICH WAS BRILLIANT AN FUNNY BTW) with good humour so y'know...

yah boo sucks to you AAALLLL!

wink

BarryStar Thu 15-Dec-11 21:07:58

That's really interesting nursenic. After I posted, I was wondering if anyone would ask me what I meant by "how she came across", and the word which sprung to mind was "humourless". So what you've said explains a great deal.

She seemed nice enough, but I just felt there was something a bit lacking compared to, say, India Knight.

nursenic Thu 15-Dec-11 21:36:16

Thanks for replying Barrystar - I was a bit worried that you'd think my comment to you came from a negative place when in fact I was interested in your 'take' on her.

I agree with you and your perception certainly chimes with what my friend has said. NL is apparently quite shy and 'bookish' and her humour wouldn't particularly emerge on a forum like this. I'd imagine NL had some reservations about how a MN chat would go after the Gordon Brown unpleasantness.

cherrysodalover Fri 16-Dec-11 04:04:36

I once stopped her on oxford street-i was working and she was lovely.Her husband gave me a big smile at his gallery too.She is a good person.

nursenic Fri 16-Dec-11 04:39:42

i didn't mean to imply that she wasn't. Only that I'm sure the MN experience may not be one which brings out the best in her. I would be guarded too.

Bucharest Fri 16-Dec-11 07:56:16

I agree....it almost seemed as though Delia and Nigella had been swapped over as some kind of trick....you kind of imagine Delia to be schoolmarmy (but she was't) and you expect Nigella to sit there dribbling sauce over herself and waxing lyrical-but she didn't.

(I am, as we speak, photocopying recipes from bth Christmas books to take home to my Mum so still lurve 'em both really)

My friend sat near Nigella on a plane once and she was apparently lovely.

housemum Fri 16-Dec-11 17:13:32

I agree she didn't come across as over-warm, but then that's very like her TV programmes, there is a slight awkwardness there of someone who is not a natural playing up to the camera. Occasionally reminds me of the stilted conversations I have on the rare occasion that someone other than me has got hold of the videocamera at Christmas, when I really hate it being pointed at me.

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