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Live webchat with Nigel Slater, TODAY, Wednesday 12 December, 1pm

(167 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Dec-12 13:11:15

We're delighted that Nigel Slater is joining us tomorrow lunchtime (Wed 12 December) at 1pm for a live webchat.

Nigel is the author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of BBC 1's Simple Cooking and has been food columnist for The Observer for 20 years. His award-winning memoir Toast - the Story of a Boy's Hunger won six major awards and is now a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.

Nigel's latest book, Kitchen Diaries Volume II, has just been published.

Join Nigel tomorrow at 1pm or post a question in advance on this thread.

debka Tue 11-Dec-12 13:13:33

Oooo!!! How marvellous. Nigel is my favourite cookery author, I got The Kitchen Diaries 2 for my birthday recently and am savouring every page.

Will have a think about a question. smile

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 11-Dec-12 13:31:45

Dammit! DD2's Christmas recital at 1.15 tomorrow. Will have to think of a q now and come back afterwards.

CuriousMama Tue 11-Dec-12 16:59:39

Just want to tell him he's an inspiration to me. Loved his book Toast and the TV series.

Nigel, if ever you need a house sitter can I do it for you? I covet your bay tree! Am a keen cook and own an allotment so I'd look after it well wink

If not I'll make do with being your new best friend smile

gazzalw Tue 11-Dec-12 17:27:05

Dear Nigel

For me the memories of food you mulled over in Toast defined my childhood too. I too tend to remember important times of my life by food that I've eaten..

I wonder what your ultimate Christmas food memory is and what you'll be preparing for Christmas Eve this year?

Thanks!

Hi Nigel

I am absolutely hooked to the show- with supermarket prices going up weekly, it makes sense to stick to a small amount of food and use it all up. Its exactly the type of thing my Gran has been telling me for years!

As someone who cooks from scratch for my family (from being a novice who burnt pots through a few years back!), I have trouble pleasing fussy children. What would you suggest as a good starter recipe to get them eating more veggies?

Thanks!

wem Tue 11-Dec-12 17:55:54

Brilliant, I made some of his brownies today. Best recipe I've found

My question is - I'm doing baked Christmas gifts this year, biscuits etc, but I'm stuck with someone who has more savoury tastes, any suggestions?

thebluenailbrush Tue 11-Dec-12 17:56:41

i love your writing and your style of cookery so its great to hear you're coming to do a webchat.

my question is: I remember you used to write for Maire Claire and I even bought the big glossy hardback book that came out! Was that your first break? If so how did you get it? I ask as my child is studying to be a photographer and I wonder how much is down to who your know as well as a certain amount of luck and of course lots of hard work, skill and determination.

nellieloula Tue 11-Dec-12 17:57:49

Hi Nigel. Big fan - you've been a real inspiration to so many. I have a question about Christmas canapes - I"m making bruschetta/crostini and wondering how long they would keep in an airtight container? Would love to be able to make them in advance but don't want them to lose their crunch....what would you recommend? And any favourite toppings? Thanks

PetiteRaleuse Tue 11-Dec-12 18:04:21

Hi. I love your show and your writing. One question though. When you say in your show that you have never done a dish before, and are therefore doing it for the first time in front of the cameras, is that true? What if it's awful?

Hi Nigel, Nice to have you on Mumsnet smile

My question is - What dessert would you make for Christmas day for guests that don't like Christmas cake or Christmas pudding?

wine

SledsImOn Tue 11-Dec-12 18:06:05

Oh God. He's so beautiful. And he's the ONLY cooking person on TV that I actually like, even though I cannot cook AT ALL.

<is speechless>
<faints>

Lottapianos Tue 11-Dec-12 18:15:11

Such a fan of yours Nigel. I absolutely love your recipes and your books make fabulous reading. I also admire you hugely for being so candid about your childhood.
my question is two part - who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook?

Brices Tue 11-Dec-12 18:21:10

Hello Nigel
I think your recipes and writing style truly wonderful you are so gifted.
Being nosey really I wanted to ask, what is your favourite novel?
Thank you for Kitchen Diaries II and Happy Christmas xxx

yousankmybattleship Tue 11-Dec-12 18:47:29

I love you! That's all.

Rowlers Tue 11-Dec-12 19:18:15

Hello Nigel,
I do enjoy watching you on the box.
I enjoy lots of other "TV chefs" as well - is this how you see yourself or is that term painful?!
And do you watch other "TV chefs"?
If so, whose style do you like?
Do you think "TV cheffing" has changed our views of food?
Is that too many questions?
Thanks Nigel
X

rabbitonthemoon Tue 11-Dec-12 19:37:52

Nigel. My mum bought me 30 minute meals when I was at university in 1997. You taught me how to cook. Or how to want to cook. Thank you. I handed it lovingly to my younger brother when he went to Uni - your upside down pesto mozzarella chicken is still his go to 'showing off' dinner smile

A reflective end of year question. What's the best meal you've eaten in 2012? And the worst?

Oh god, I luff him. My kitchen shelves are groaning with his books and most of them are all sticky and floury. I have also baked every one of my friends to have a baby his gingerbread (travels and keeps well!)!

My question is, did you find yourself making more of an effort to eat a real variety because you knew the diaries were going to be published? I know sometimes you'll write 'Takeaway Sushi', which is nice and honest, but you don't have weeks and weeks of 'Pasta. Again'. smile

OH, and a sneaky second question if I may - the OFM has survived where other print supplements didn't, why do you think that is?

DewDr0p Tue 11-Dec-12 19:44:08

Hi Nigel

Another huge fan here. I have tons of your books - which one is your favourite and why?

KurriKurri Tue 11-Dec-12 19:45:54

Hi Nigel, - I love your programmes on TV - I think your recipes are really accessible, and always look so tasty

I also loved 'Toast', - I think we are about the same vintage, and so many of your food memories struck a chord. (your recent programme about sweets had a similar effect grin)

I've made your peach and blueberry summer cake many times - it is a fabulous recipe, - best cake ever.

I really just wanted to gush grin but for appearance sake I will also ask a question -, you have a wonderfully readable writing style - have you ever considered writing a novel, and if so what sort of novel?

x

Nancy66 Tue 11-Dec-12 19:56:00

Hi Nigel

Can you please confirm that it is no longer considered necessary to cook a turkey for six hours?

If my mother hears it from you she might believe it and we might have half a chance of enjoying a turkey that doesn't taste like cardboard for the first time in living memory. Cheers!

stephrick Tue 11-Dec-12 20:12:24

My daughter would like duck for christmas day, I did a dummy run for her duck a la orange, orange sauce a Mary Berry recipe, however not keen on sauce, any other Ideas, I might add only a duck breast as she is the only one having it, I have perfected it so the breast is tender and a little pink.

aristocat Tue 11-Dec-12 21:19:51

Hello Nigel, you are simply amazing and born in Wolverhampton too smile Your books, recipes and TV shows are such an inspiration to everyone.

My question is what is your favourite cookbook (not one of yours please)

Merry Christmas

Plomino Tue 11-Dec-12 21:23:49

How wonderful ! Nigel , your books are the only ones that make it to the bedside table too , although I confess the other half is getting a little tired of finding flour on the duvet .....

My question would be whose cookery books , if any , shaped your direction as a food writer ? Did anyone's thoughts really strike a chord with you , or have you always firmly followed your own foodie path ?

Thank you , thank you for your writing , particularly the Kitchen Diaries . I often turn to whichever day it is, and rarely do you leave me uninspired .

Hello Nigel smile

I love your writing, books and TV programmes. Your lovely face adorns my fridge. And recently on your programme about sweets, seeing you and Nigella discussing confectionary faves was tantamount to culinary porn...! Yum grin

So having enjoyed a double whammy of my two favourite famous/TV cooks, my question is: Who is or are your favourite famous chef/cook(s)...? And why?

Thank you! MPD



P.S. I think I love you a bit. Please. Thank you. <swoons> grin

ScrimshawTheSecond Tue 11-Dec-12 21:52:07

I love him. C'est tout!

Annianni Tue 11-Dec-12 21:58:36

Erm... where's your big pestle and mortar from? It's beautiful.

BlatherskitedaboutChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 22:11:20

Ooh, Nigel Slater. Another big fan of your Brownies here, they are amazing.

Tonight, the children and I have had good old baked potatoes as I've not being feeling very well and I needed an easy dinner that didn't take much thought or stirring. What's your lazy evening dinner for when you're not feeling up to cooking?

Allalonenow Tue 11-Dec-12 22:23:19

Hello Nigel,
Never thought I would be typing that!!

I enjoyed Toast so much, and so much of it chimed with my own childhood, (like the parmesan). Reading Kitchen Diaries feels like sitting chatting at your kitchen table, and is just sheer pleasure and indulgence for me.

Following on from other questions above, who have you worked with who has inspired you?
I know from KD that some of your inspiration comes from ingredients you spot when shopping, so what can those of us who live out in the wilds do to keep our kitchen creativity high?

Very many thanks for all the pleasure and joy your work has given me over the years.

AfterEightMintyy Tue 11-Dec-12 22:34:54

Hi Nigel, did you know that there are whole swathes of people who cannot abide the taste of coriander? It doesn't seem to be a normal dislike of a foodstuff, it appears to taste actually revolting to them; apparently it tastes like soap or metal.

My equivalent is cucumber. To me it tastes rotten, decaying, sour, off.

Are there any foods that you similarly just really cannot eat?

SrirachaGirl Tue 11-Dec-12 22:55:52

Hooray!

Hi Nigel. I have all your books and refer to them regularly and am currently glued to your program on iplayer <is that really your kitchen and garden? Swoon>. DH does a very good impersonation of you when he cooks grin.

I'm currently on a soup kick at the moment so my question is: Do you ever go through phases of wanting to eat the same thing EVERY single day for stretches at a time? And (sub-question): What's your favourite soup?

Thanks! Love you!

SrirachaGirl Tue 11-Dec-12 22:59:31

Oh My Gosh! I am stupid excited about this! First Hugh Grant, now Nigel....'it's like Christmas! Thanks MNHQ smile

frankie4 Tue 11-Dec-12 23:22:08

Nigel - I loved the TV film of Toast, more for the family relationships than for the food, as my Dad had a similar situation when his father married a woman who was not a very good stepmum to him, so it really resonated with me.

I just wondered how it was for you after you brought out your memoirs, and how you coped with the publicity.

I thought the casting of the film was great. Did you have any input at all?

lilibet Tue 11-Dec-12 23:38:33

Oh I just screamed!

[goes away to compose herself]

florencedombey Tue 11-Dec-12 23:49:40

Hello Nigel - I've just finished a portion of your prawn noodle soup from Appetite which is one of my all time favourite meals from one of my all time favourite cookbooks!

When I read Toast, I was interested to learn that you spent your teenage years in Knightwick, which is where I grew up in the 1990s. It's a beautiful place, and I wondered whether (notwithstanding the painful memories) you had ever been back to visit?

lilibet Tue 11-Dec-12 23:57:54

[deep breath]

Hello Nigel,

Thanks for coming to mumsnet, sorry I won't be there for the live chat.

I have all of your books and have taken to buying Real Cooking for anyone who has got engaged/bought their first house/got married and before I give it to them, going through it and putting bits of paper in my best bits (the chicken curry that you describe as being like a Howard Hodgkins painting is a must for everyone)

Anyhow, since that book was published I have become a vegetarian and although from your books you obviously have a real appreciation of vegetarian food, do you have any plans to do a book for us?

Follow up - for Chiristmas dinner I have husband and I who are vegetarians, six people who have loudly expressed a preference for lamb and another three who want the traditional turkey, what would you do?

[not allowed] Another follow up, tell me about your cats!

Thanks

Lili x

[scream!!]

lilibet Wed 12-Dec-12 00:00:37

Forgot to say that I loved the way you rang up the pizza takeaway and thanked them - how lovely of you.

[screams again]

NagooHoHoHo Wed 12-Dec-12 08:23:06

ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

<goes away to think of question>

calypso2008 Wed 12-Dec-12 08:35:30

Dear Nigel

I find it so hard to relax, but one guaranteed way is to sit back and watch your cookery programmes - I adore them, especially enjoyed the last one. I am also fascinated by your handwriting and gorgeous home.

I live in Spain - my question is, what is the best Spanish meal you have ever made/eaten?

Please carry on with the writing and programmes - I think you are fabulous smile and you cheer me up.

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Wed 12-Dec-12 08:41:00

Hi Nigel.
I love your writing, and currently have 'Eating foe England', on my bedside tale.
I like to try a new stuffing recipe every year, so can I have your favourite please?

girlywhirly Wed 12-Dec-12 08:42:56

Lovely to have you on Mumsnet, Nigel.

I remember trying a recipe of yours from the Observer magazine and emailing you via it to say how much we enjoyed it, and you sent me a personal reply which was lovely and unexpected!

My question isn't so much for myself, but for those who have never cooked a Christmas dinner before and are panicking on the Christmas topic! Do you have any reassuring advice for them?

I would like to hear about your cats too!

Meglet Wed 12-Dec-12 09:27:46

Yay!

Dear Nigel,

Your tiramisu style pud with the choc cantucinni biscuits has been made regularly for 10+ yrs in my house. The kids have their own little portions of it and I scoff the rest. smile

QueenofNightmares Wed 12-Dec-12 09:56:50

Hi Nigel, I love your writing and even DH will watch you when mostly he just enjoys complaining about what TV chefs are doing to the food they're cooking smile What is your ultimate comfort food for this cold weather? It's freezing I need to warm us all up from the insides out!

Tailtwister Wed 12-Dec-12 10:04:24

Hi Nigel, another huge fan here. I adore your books and programmes and the recent one on sweets had me in fits of laughter and floods of tears! Simply wonderful.

You have a lovely kitchen garden which seems to be stacked full of herbs. Which herbs do you view as essential for a kitchen garden?

LeonieDeSainteVire Wed 12-Dec-12 10:43:22

Hi Nigel

I have read, cut out and followed loads of your recipes from the paper for years and years, I have just made chicken with spices, fennel and cream from an OFM dated 2005, a great recipe I've used many times! One of the reasons I like your recipes is that they are simple, taste great and are just things I like to make - so thank you!

In various articles I have read that you don't like eggs and do love coffee cake - is that true? I'm the same, can you recommend a really good coffee cake - mild, not too sickly sweet!

Thank you

poucher Wed 12-Dec-12 11:05:32

Hi Nigel!

For me, the very best thing about your programmes is your infectious enthusiasm for an experimental dish you haven't tried before. It never feels artificial or 'set up', and is a joy to watch when it all comes together and tastes genuinely good!

My question is - if you could only take 3 basic ingredients to a desert island with you, what would they be?

Thanks so much, and have a lovely Christmas!

rainand Wed 12-Dec-12 11:05:59

Hi Nigel,

Its good to see you on mumsnet!

I would like to bake/make a cake but I don't have a functioning oven at present. Do you have any cake recipes that don't require an oven bake?

dinkystinky Wed 12-Dec-12 11:07:14

Nigel - I'm pleased to say that your cookbooks (particularly Real Cooking) inspired me to cook and convinced me it wasnt that hard - and your Kitchen Diaries book has inspired me to eat seasonally. Your love of food, and appreciation of flavours and creating something truly delicious, shines through in your books.

My question is what's your favourite season and your favourite dish/meal for that season?

VeganCow Wed 12-Dec-12 11:11:46

Hi Nigel,

Love your books and tv shows and your voice, you are very relaxing to listen to smile

My question is - being vegan, most recipes are really hard to adapt. Why do you think so many chefs make recipes using meat and fish, and hardly any vegetarian, never mind vegan, ones?

Jenski Wed 12-Dec-12 11:43:56

Hi Nigel,

I am loving your show on a Friday night which I watch with my 8 year old daughter, Isobel. She is home from school today poorly, but rather chuffed to be able to ask you a question as she is really interested in food and cooking (regularly helping me make curries). So can I cheekily ask 2 questions, 1 from her and 1 from me.

Isobel's question: What is the best thing to cook to make you feel better when you are full of cold?

My question: I have the in-laws for Christmas, they are not 'into' food (sigh) and would happily finish christmas dinner in 10 minutes. Please can you suggest food that can last longer? (I am thinking interesting picky starters - tasty but not spicey otherwise I will be blamed for causing indigestion!!!)

Thank you, the other question I would like to ask 'Can I have your kitchen?'

CraftsonSea Wed 12-Dec-12 11:49:51

Hello Nigel,
Lots of love coming your way from the craftsonsea household! I've got some chicken thighs defrosting for dinner tonight, what can I make me and DH? I am a bit lazy very busy at the mo and also can't be bothered am too busy to nip to the shops so if you could suggest things I'm likely to have in I will love you forever and ever x

CraftsonSea Wed 12-Dec-12 11:51:47

Oh, and can I come and live with you? Your kitchen is nicer than mine and you've mentioned liking smarties before. Sounds ideal to me (worth a try!)

minipie Wed 12-Dec-12 12:14:27

No question from me - just had to express my thanks to Nigel for his amazing food porn cookery writing. Like a previous poster, I learned to cook, and to want to cook, from his books, and DH and I still quote from them... Thank you.

OrangeforDd Wed 12-Dec-12 12:27:40

Hello Nigel,

You became my favourite television cookery writer two years ago when my daughter was in hospital, with a serious illness and horrible bland hospital food (think three shades of white on a plate). Your program and delicious food became the not to be missed highlight of her day and your soothing voice was calm and reassuring. We both loved the food you were producing on screen and and little hand written notes. You managed to stimulate her ailing appetite (and mine too)!!!

Could you suggest a seasonal treat which my dairy and egg and nut allergic son could eat too. I often make a crumbly date slice or home made mince pies but would love to be able to offer something new.

Many many thanks......your new book is on my daughter's Christmas list too!!

Badvocsanta Wed 12-Dec-12 12:29:24

Hello Nigel.
Love your tv show - it's like a big mug of cocoa and warm fluffy slippers in televisual form smile
My question is: if you were on death row (bear with me!) and had to choose a last meal, what would it be?
Thanks!
Mwah! X

Hi Nigel,

I love the way you write (and how your food tastes) its so calm, soothing and reassuring. Toast is probably my favourite memoirs and my question would be has the huge success of the book ever made you regret or doubt some of the stories you included?

Hello Nigel,

Just wanted to say how much I admire you - your recipes, your writing and the personality that comes across on tv.

I was wondering, what's the worst meal anyone has or could ever cook for you?

Thank you & happy Christmas!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 12:49:48

Testing

Hello grin

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 12:58:54

Hello - so pleased to be with you! Happy to answer any questions now.

wem Wed 12-Dec-12 12:59:21

Hello! grin

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 12:59:42

gazzalw

Dear Nigel

For me the memories of food you mulled over in Toast defined my childhood too. I too tend to remember important times of my life by food that I've eaten..

I wonder what your ultimate Christmas food memory is and what you'll be preparing for Christmas Eve this year?

Thanks!

My first Christmas food memory is of the mice eating all our chocolate Christmas decorations n the attic, and making the tinsel into nests.
And for Christmas Eve, I’m doing a salmon wellington – so like a beef wellington, but with salmon instead.

jarndyceandjarndyce Wed 12-Dec-12 13:01:13

Hi Nigel,

I love love love all your books and your writing. Toast made me laugh and cry, it's truly wonderful smile

In our house we have a goose/turkey quandry. I am in the goose camp (with legs made into a confit, mmm), though lots of people complain there's not enough meat, and goose just isn't as good! <sniff>

Please defend the maligned goose, any suggestions or thoughts?

p.s i love you

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:01:34

TotallyEggFlipped

Hello Nigel,

Just wanted to say how much I admire you - your recipes, your writing and the personality that comes across on tv.

I was wondering, what's the worst meal anyone has or could ever cook for you?

Thank you & happy Christmas!

The worst meal anyone has ever cooked was my father's Sunday morning fried eggs, which were cold and greasy, and I hated them - and still do!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:02:59

Jenski

Hi Nigel,

I am loving your show on a Friday night which I watch with my 8 year old daughter, Isobel. She is home from school today poorly, but rather chuffed to be able to ask you a question as she is really interested in food and cooking (regularly helping me make curries). So can I cheekily ask 2 questions, 1 from her and 1 from me.

Isobel's question: What is the best thing to cook to make you feel better when you are full of cold?

My question: I have the in-laws for Christmas, they are not 'into' food (sigh) and would happily finish christmas dinner in 10 minutes. Please can you suggest food that can last longer? (I am thinking interesting picky starters - tasty but not spicey otherwise I will be blamed for causing indigestion!!!)

Thank you, the other question I would like to ask 'Can I have your kitchen?'

When I'm full of cold, it has to be a spicy Thai chicken soup - with lots of chillis.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:04:08

CraftsonSea

Hello Nigel,
Lots of love coming your way from the craftsonsea household! I've got some chicken thighs defrosting for dinner tonight, what can I make me and DH? I am a bit lazy very busy at the mo and also can't be bothered am too busy to nip to the shops so if you could suggest things I'm likely to have in I will love you forever and ever x

I would roast them with olive oil, lemon juice, basil leaves and serve them with sauteéd potatoes. It's a quick, mid-week roast!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:05:14

dinkystinky

Nigel - I'm pleased to say that your cookbooks (particularly Real Cooking) inspired me to cook and convinced me it wasnt that hard - and your Kitchen Diaries book has inspired me to eat seasonally. Your love of food, and appreciation of flavours and creating something truly delicious, shines through in your books.

My question is what's your favourite season and your favourite dish/meal for that season?

My favourite season is, and always has been, winter. And my favourite dish for that season is porridge. With salt, not sugar!

maudacious2 Wed 12-Dec-12 13:06:46

Out of all the myriad recipes you've written and used- is there one recipe or one thing you cook more than anything else- I've got recipes I fall back on at least once a week just wondering if you're the same?
PS, I love your kitchen like everyone else!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:06:55

rainand

Hi Nigel,

Its good to see you on mumsnet!

I would like to bake/make a cake but I don't have a functioning oven at present. Do you have any cake recipes that don't require an oven bake?

Without an oven, it has to be a lemon cheesecake with mascarpone cream, lemon zest, on a oat biscuit base.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:07:45

poucher

Hi Nigel!

For me, the very best thing about your programmes is your infectious enthusiasm for an experimental dish you haven't tried before. It never feels artificial or 'set up', and is a joy to watch when it all comes together and tastes genuinely good!

My question is - if you could only take 3 basic ingredients to a desert island with you, what would they be?

Thanks so much, and have a lovely Christmas!

Lemons, olive oil, and grated parmesan. With those three, you can pretty much cook anything that you will find in the sea, or on the island.

LoganMummy Wed 12-Dec-12 13:08:13

I'm just wondering what you would cook for a pregnant veggie lady for Christmas dinner? I'd like her meal to be special too (the rest are having goose.)

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:08:23

Tailtwister

Hi Nigel, another huge fan here. I adore your books and programmes and the recent one on sweets had me in fits of laughter and floods of tears! Simply wonderful.

You have a lovely kitchen garden which seems to be stacked full of herbs. Which herbs do you view as essential for a kitchen garden?

Thank you for your kind words. Essential herbs are basil, thyme and tarragon. I couldn't live without them.

CraftsonSea Wed 12-Dec-12 13:08:36

Thank you Nigel! Looking forward to telling DH that you've chosen our dinner tonight, he will be proper impressed! grin

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:10:34

maudacious2

Out of all the myriad recipes you've written and used- is there one recipe or one thing you cook more than anything else- I've got recipes I fall back on at least once a week just wondering if you're the same?
PS, I love your kitchen like everyone else!

A classic roast chicken with butter and lemon and rosemary - it never fails to please and has all the wonderful leftovers for tomorrow.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:11:48

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar

Hi Nigel.
I love your writing, and currently have 'Eating foe England', on my bedside tale.
I like to try a new stuffing recipe every year, so can I have your favourite please?

How about sausage meat, chickpeas, lemon, with a little bit of garlic? It's wonderful with turkey or goose.

Wolfcub Wed 12-Dec-12 13:12:37

Apart from mince pies what are your favourite recipes for using up leftover mincemeat.

As an aside, my DH and I have a christmas pudding making competition as one of our family christmas traditions. Last year I lost. This year I've made your pudding (smells amazing). I'm hoping that you can thrash Saint Delia.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:12:39

calypso2008

Dear Nigel

I find it so hard to relax, but one guaranteed way is to sit back and watch your cookery programmes - I adore them, especially enjoyed the last one. I am also fascinated by your handwriting and gorgeous home.

I live in Spain - my question is, what is the best Spanish meal you have ever made/eaten?

Please carry on with the writing and programmes - I think you are fabulous smile and you cheer me up.

The best Spanish meal I've ever had is stir-fried squid with chorizo, garlic and tomatoes - it was made for me by producer James who is half-Spanish!

poucher Wed 12-Dec-12 13:13:41

Aha - thought parmesan would be in there somewhere! I'll bear this in mind the next time there doesn't appear to be anything for supper...Thanks!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:14:41

lilibet

[deep breath]

Hello Nigel,

Thanks for coming to mumsnet, sorry I won't be there for the live chat.

I have all of your books and have taken to buying Real Cooking for anyone who has got engaged/bought their first house/got married and before I give it to them, going through it and putting bits of paper in my best bits (the chicken curry that you describe as being like a Howard Hodgkins painting is a must for everyone)

Anyhow, since that book was published I have become a vegetarian and although from your books you obviously have a real appreciation of vegetarian food, do you have any plans to do a book for us?

Follow up - for Chiristmas dinner I have husband and I who are vegetarians, six people who have loudly expressed a preference for lamb and another three who want the traditional turkey, what would you do?

[not allowed] Another follow up, tell me about your cats!

Thanks

Lili x

[scream!!]

Hi Lili, no plans for a specifically vegetarian book, but I always include lots of vegetarian recipes in my books. For your Christmas dinner question, I suggest exploring the smaller cuts of turkey and a little leg of roast lamb. There are also lots of smaller birds available - turkeys don't have to be huge!

And sadly, the cats are no longer with me, but each of them lived to a ripe old age in their 20s.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:16:57

frankie4

Nigel - I loved the TV film of Toast, more for the family relationships than for the food, as my Dad had a similar situation when his father married a woman who was not a very good stepmum to him, so it really resonated with me.

I just wondered how it was for you after you brought out your memoirs, and how you coped with the publicity.

I thought the casting of the film was great. Did you have any input at all?

The reaction to Toast was a huge surprise. I'm generally quite private and that was a very intimate memoir. I was surprised at the reaction, and that so many people had had similar experiences in their childhood.
I always thought that I was going through it alone, so it was quite comforting to find that there were other people in the same situation as me.

Regarding the casting, I really wanted Ken Stott to play my father, because he is so like him, and I was thrilled when he agreed.

JillyTats Wed 12-Dec-12 13:17:52

Hi! In both your TV shows and Kitchen Diaries (which was an inspiring read, in a cover-to-cover sense, as well as a kitchen go-to book), it's not just about recipes and a How To, but about instilling confidence to try things out. How do you feel about your role as 'Food Muse'?

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:18:19

AfterEightMintyy

Hi Nigel, did you know that there are whole swathes of people who cannot abide the taste of coriander? It doesn't seem to be a normal dislike of a foodstuff, it appears to taste actually revolting to them; apparently it tastes like soap or metal.

My equivalent is cucumber. To me it tastes rotten, decaying, sour, off.

Are there any foods that you similarly just really cannot eat?

I cannot bear boiled, poached or fried eggs. There is no cheque you could write large enough to get me to eat one - even for charity! (Though scrambled eggs I can just about swallow)

herecomesthsun Wed 12-Dec-12 13:19:13

Just seen this! Hello Nigel, can I ask what you are having for Xmas Day lunch this year?

(very much like your writing by the way, and the sense that you cook around the food that is available/ in season/ left overs beckoning from the larder or fridge, which is how we do things in the real world!)

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:20:17

Allalonenow

Hello Nigel,
Never thought I would be typing that!!

I enjoyed Toast so much, and so much of it chimed with my own childhood, (like the parmesan). Reading Kitchen Diaries feels like sitting chatting at your kitchen table, and is just sheer pleasure and indulgence for me.

Following on from other questions above, who have you worked with who has inspired you?
I know from KD that some of your inspiration comes from ingredients you spot when shopping, so what can those of us who live out in the wilds do to keep our kitchen creativity high?

Very many thanks for all the pleasure and joy your work has given me over the years.

What a lovely thing to say. Thank you.

My inspiration for dinner comes from so many things, but rarely from other people. It can be the weather, what's in the shops, what's in my fridge, or just whatever I fancy. I've rarely been inspired by other people, and I tend to plow my own furrow - for good or bad!

If I lived in the wilds, my inspiration would have to come from the nearest farm shop or farmer's market.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:21:20

BlatherskitedaboutChristmas

Ooh, Nigel Slater. Another big fan of your Brownies here, they are amazing.

Tonight, the children and I have had good old baked potatoes as I've not being feeling very well and I needed an easy dinner that didn't take much thought or stirring. What's your lazy evening dinner for when you're not feeling up to cooking?

My lazy evening dinner is dipping grilled lamb cutlets into a tub of hummus whilst watching television, preferably Eastenders!

midnightexpress Wed 12-Dec-12 13:21:26

Hi Nigel. I love your books - my favourites are the polpettine (sp?) from the first Kitchen Diaries and the marmalade apple cake in Tender.

I write a blog about breakfast, so I am wondering what your favourite breakfast is? Salty porridge aside that is.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:22:31

misspollysdolly

Hello Nigel smile

I love your writing, books and TV programmes. Your lovely face adorns my fridge. And recently on your programme about sweets, seeing you and Nigella discussing confectionary faves was tantamount to culinary porn...! Yum grin

So having enjoyed a double whammy of my two favourite famous/TV cooks, my question is: Who is or are your favourite famous chef/cook(s)...? And why?

Thank you! MPD

P.S. I think I love you a bit. Please. Thank you. <swoons> grin

My favourite cook is Nigella Lawson. I think we share a culinary DNA. I have never seen her cook anything that I don't want to eat now.

VikingVagine Wed 12-Dec-12 13:23:05

Crikey, it's Nigel, wowee!!!

<clears throat>

Hello! I live in France (not that that is in any way relevant to my question) and love watching all sorts of cookery programs with my ten year old son (he loved the film too).

My question is: do you have any advice on what age I can actually let him lose in the kitchen?

He sometimes makes pasta and bakes cakes, but I'm always hovering over him he feels he has to follow recipes to the letter (not sure if I should be encouraging this or, or should I get him to experiment?)

Merry Christmas!

grin

midnightexpress Wed 12-Dec-12 13:23:14

I hate eggs too.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:23:35

KurriKurri

Hi Nigel, - I love your programmes on TV - I think your recipes are really accessible, and always look so tasty

I also loved 'Toast', - I think we are about the same vintage, and so many of your food memories struck a chord. (your recent programme about sweets had a similar effect grin)

I've made your peach and blueberry summer cake many times - it is a fabulous recipe, - best cake ever.

I really just wanted to gush grin but for appearance sake I will also ask a question -, you have a wonderfully readable writing style - have you ever considered writing a novel, and if so what sort of novel?

x

So pleased to hear about the cake - and yes, I have considered writing a novel. But I haven't gotten around to it yet. But it might well be my next project. And that's a Mumsnet exclusive!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:24:28

midnightexpress

Hi Nigel. I love your books - my favourites are the polpettine (sp?) from the first Kitchen Diaries and the marmalade apple cake in Tender.

I write a blog about breakfast, so I am wondering what your favourite breakfast is? Salty porridge aside that is.

I adore breakfast. My number one favourite is a good old-fashioned kipper with lots of butter and lemon, and some brown bread and butter.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:26:26

VikingVagine

Crikey, it's Nigel, wowee!!!

<clears throat>

Hello! I live in France (not that that is in any way relevant to my question) and love watching all sorts of cookery programs with my ten year old son (he loved the film too).

My question is: do you have any advice on what age I can actually let him lose in the kitchen?

He sometimes makes pasta and bakes cakes, but I'm always hovering over him he feels he has to follow recipes to the letter (not sure if I should be encouraging this or, or should I get him to experiment?)

Merry Christmas!

grin

Crikey, it's VikingVagine!

I really think that you should encourage kids to cook as soon as they want to. But we do need to keep an eye on what they're up to.

Yes, please, please let him experiment - better to learn by your mistakes than to follow a recipe gram for gram. Encourage, encourage, encourage!

CraftsonSea Wed 12-Dec-12 13:26:30

Sorry emergency second question. I have just been given a bottle of lambrini in the office secret santa. Sigh. Would you use this to cook with / do anything with, or is it ultimately bound for the drain? Thank you!! wine

BillComptonstrousers Wed 12-Dec-12 13:26:33

Good afternoon Nigel, how lovely to have you here <swoon>

For supper tonight we are having tatey ash with crusty fresh bread and lovely salty butter and spring greens.

What's your favourite comfort/traditional meal?

(and after living in staff accommodation in a hotel for 2 years as a teenager, I laughed like a loon at the end of 'Toast' I'm sure all chefs are sex mad in their early years!)

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:27:46

jarndyceandjarndyce

Hi Nigel,

I love love love all your books and your writing. Toast made me laugh and cry, it's truly wonderful smile

In our house we have a goose/turkey quandry. I am in the goose camp (with legs made into a confit, mmm), though lots of people complain there's not enough meat, and goose just isn't as good! <sniff>

Please defend the maligned goose, any suggestions or thoughts?

p.s i love you

Goose has always been my Christmas dinner of choice. I love all the fat that you can use afterwards, especially for roast potatoes. I treat getting as much meat as I can off the bones as a challenge - just get stuck in there with your fingers! But the best bit really is the crisp skin.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:28:55

CraftsonSea

Sorry emergency second question. I have just been given a bottle of lambrini in the office secret santa. Sigh. Would you use this to cook with / do anything with, or is it ultimately bound for the drain? Thank you!! wine

Keep it, wrap it up beautifully, and use it in next year's secret santa!

OrangeforDd Wed 12-Dec-12 13:29:01

Something shared with Nigel!!

Whispers <we have mice in the attic too blush>

Jenski Wed 12-Dec-12 13:30:44

Thanks for answering Isobel's question. She is dubious about the chillis, but I love a spicy thai soup.

Can I ask another.....
I really love the music that is used on Kitchen Diaries. Is music important to you? And what do you listen to when you are cooking?

x

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:30:51

FellowshipOfFestiveFellows

Hi Nigel

I am absolutely hooked to the show- with supermarket prices going up weekly, it makes sense to stick to a small amount of food and use it all up. Its exactly the type of thing my Gran has been telling me for years!

As someone who cooks from scratch for my family (from being a novice who burnt pots through a few years back!), I have trouble pleasing fussy children. What would you suggest as a good starter recipe to get them eating more veggies?

Thanks!

I think the answer is vegetable tempura with very light, thin batter. Yes, it's fried food, but very light, crisp and it will get them eating their greens. It works for me!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:32:27

wem

Brilliant, I made some of his brownies today. Best recipe I've found

My question is - I'm doing baked Christmas gifts this year, biscuits etc, but I'm stuck with someone who has more savoury tastes, any suggestions?

Same problem here - I will probably end up making cheese shortbreads with pumpkin seeds, sesame and sunflower seeds. They always seem to go down very well.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:33:37

thebluenailbrush

i love your writing and your style of cookery so its great to hear you're coming to do a webchat.

my question is: I remember you used to write for Maire Claire and I even bought the big glossy hardback book that came out! Was that your first break? If so how did you get it? I ask as my child is studying to be a photographer and I wonder how much is down to who your know as well as a certain amount of luck and of course lots of hard work, skill and determination.

It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I was working in cafe, and a customer asked me if I knew of a recipe tester for her magazine. I applied on the spot, got the job, and the rest is history!

midnightexpress Wed 12-Dec-12 13:33:39

Oh thanks for answering my question! Kippers. Mmmm. How do you rid your house of the smell though?

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:35:19

PetiteRaleuse

Hi. I love your show and your writing. One question though. When you say in your show that you have never done a dish before, and are therefore doing it for the first time in front of the cameras, is that true? What if it's awful?

Yes, it's often true. I've been cooking almost every day for 40 years, so I tend to know what's going to work even though I sometimes make mistakes. So far not too many though - the crew seems to eat everything up!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:36:02

nellieloula

Hi Nigel. Big fan - you've been a real inspiration to so many. I have a question about Christmas canapes - I"m making bruschetta/crostini and wondering how long they would keep in an airtight container? Would love to be able to make them in advance but don't want them to lose their crunch....what would you recommend? And any favourite toppings? Thanks

You know, I really wouldn't make them in advance. Any sort of toast is always best when it's hot and fresh. Try a topping of melted mozzarella, capers and basil.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:37:03

GingerBreadMacchiato

Hi Nigel, Nice to have you on Mumsnet smile

My question is - What dessert would you make for Christmas day for guests that don't like Christmas cake or Christmas pudding?

wine

Thank you. How about a big ice-cream sundae, with vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce and praline?

wem Wed 12-Dec-12 13:37:45

Oh, thanks for answering! They sound great, I'll give it a go grin

MrsJamin Wed 12-Dec-12 13:38:14

Hello Nigel,

I love the way you love food and it's not about being overly clever or fancy. What's your favourite way to use up leftover roasts, be it beef, lamb or chicken? I get stuck in rut with how I use up the cooked meat.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:38:25

Badvocsanta

Hello Nigel.
Love your tv show - it's like a big mug of cocoa and warm fluffy slippers in televisual form smile
My question is: if you were on death row (bear with me!) and had to choose a last meal, what would it be?
Thanks!
Mwah! X

You know? It would be Shepherd's pie – the ultimate comfort food!

Welovecouscous Wed 12-Dec-12 13:38:30

Nigel, just wanted to say how much I love you books grin as everything always works, except 1 chicken recipe, but I think I saw you owning up to a mistake in that somewhere!

Hi Nigel. I really enjoyed using my home-grown beetroot in your chocolate and beetroot cake, but found it quite a laborious recipe blush... then I saw the TV adaptation of Toast (which was brilliant) and saw just how much time you spend and have spent baking in the kitchen. Three different processes/bowls for one cake hmm! I like to spend time in the kitchen being creative but sometimes just can't spend that much time there. Simple suppers is much more my thing.

I wondered which is your favourite quick recipe that's sweet? smile

SlubbersRingAreYouListening Wed 12-Dec-12 13:39:21

Hi Nigel. No question, brain freeze, but wanted to tell you that many, many pages of your Real Cooking book that sits on my cookery book shelf have become stuck together and prized apart on more than one occasion.
smile
It is is one of my automatic go-to books, so thank you.

ThePsychicSatsuma Wed 12-Dec-12 13:40:36

hi Nigel. You are my favourite TV chef for 2 reasons.
1) you have lovely hand-writing on your notelets.
2) you handle and chew the food so tenderly.

Please continue to promote yellow tomatoes.

<<YELLOW TOMATOES! YAY!>>

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:40:53

Wolfcub

Apart from mince pies what are your favourite recipes for using up leftover mincemeat.

As an aside, my DH and I have a christmas pudding making competition as one of our family christmas traditions. Last year I lost. This year I've made your pudding (smells amazing). I'm hoping that you can thrash Saint Delia.

My favourite way of using the last of the mincemeat is to stir it into a Victoria sponge mixture, to give a light mincemeat cake. Or how about the hot mincemeat cakes - there's the recipe for them here on Mumsnet.

thebluenailbrush Wed 12-Dec-12 13:41:08

thanks so much for answering my question! I have kitchen diaries ll on my christmas list and it will undoubtedly be the best thing i get this year!

If you have time for more questions: if you weren't a cookery writer what would have been your dream job ?

p.s my partner and i had a disagreement about you in bed at the weekend - before i knew you were coming on here- i was reading one of your books to get inspiration for christmas and he said you were a celeb, i said you were too private to be that and got rather annoyed with him. He loves what i cook from your books though!

SlubbersRingAreYouListening Wed 12-Dec-12 13:41:27

Stuck together by food, obviously.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:44:38

Jenski

Thanks for answering Isobel's question. She is dubious about the chillis, but I love a spicy thai soup.

Can I ask another.....
I really love the music that is used on Kitchen Diaries. Is music important to you? And what do you listen to when you are cooking?

x

My playlist is very mixed and I listen to everything from Mitsuko Uchida to dubstep!

Badvocsanta Wed 12-Dec-12 13:44:50

Ooooohhhhh....Nigel answered my question!
<goes off to lie down with a cold flannel on her forehead>
And you know what? Shepards pie would be my my choice too!
Great minds and all that.....smile

thebluenailbrush Wed 12-Dec-12 13:45:10

p.p.s for me your books are great and stand out as they inspire people to try to make use of what they have, what they see around them and to play around with things.

SlubbersRingAreYouListening Wed 12-Dec-12 13:45:21

Oh! I do have a question.

Winter greens: they are a bit bobbins aren't they? So bloody worthy. I think I should probably eat more of them, they simmer with barely restrained bionic health restorative super powers in Sainsburys and give me the guilts.

How do I make them taste nice and not so worthy?

Wolfcub Wed 12-Dec-12 13:45:33

Thank you Nigel, the mincemeat cake sounds like a definite one to try. thanks

Jenski Wed 12-Dec-12 13:46:33

Thank you.

Off to research Mitsuko Uchida now....

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:46:51

MrsJamin

Hello Nigel,

I love the way you love food and it's not about being overly clever or fancy. What's your favourite way to use up leftover roasts, be it beef, lamb or chicken? I get stuck in rut with how I use up the cooked meat.

I really believe that any leftovers mustn't look, smell or taste like leftovers. An instant spicy sauce is my first thought, such as the recipe for a way with leftover turkey, from the Kitchen Diaries II, which you can see the recipe for on Mumsnet.

Allalonenow Wed 12-Dec-12 13:46:57

Thanks for answering my question Nigel, very best wishes to you for a happy Christmas with plenty of glorious food!!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:48:38

SlubbersRingAreYouListening

Oh! I do have a question.

Winter greens: they are a bit bobbins aren't they? So bloody worthy. I think I should probably eat more of them, they simmer with barely restrained bionic health restorative super powers in Sainsburys and give me the guilts.

How do I make them taste nice and not so worthy?

The answer is always cream, cream and more cream. Fry the greens, and then toss them in cream, mustard and little lemon juice. (Nothing worthy about that!)
And a little grated parmesan never goes amiss!

SlubbersRingAreYouListening Wed 12-Dec-12 13:49:59

Cream it is then.

Thank you Nigel, and have a very Happy Christmas smile

DewDr0p Wed 12-Dec-12 13:50:11

Hi Nigel, just wondering if you're cooking Christmas dinner this year and what's on the menu if so?

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:50:12

thebluenailbrush

thanks so much for answering my question! I have kitchen diaries ll on my christmas list and it will undoubtedly be the best thing i get this year!

If you have time for more questions: if you weren't a cookery writer what would have been your dream job ?

p.s my partner and i had a disagreement about you in bed at the weekend - before i knew you were coming on here- i was reading one of your books to get inspiration for christmas and he said you were a celeb, i said you were too private to be that and got rather annoyed with him. He loves what i cook from your books though!

I'm doing my dream job, but my second choice would be to work a potter!

CuriousMama Wed 12-Dec-12 13:50:58

Hi again, I guess the house sitting's a no no? wink

I know you're private and I am guessing a bit shy, but do you like having parties or do you prefer just having one friend over? I prefer a smaller get together myself, 8 to 10,and I always cook lots of yummy grub. And yes if you're near the Durham coast you're welcome to come.

P.S. I'd love to hug you blush

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:51:27

CuriousMama

Just want to tell him he's an inspiration to me. Loved his book Toast and the TV series.

Nigel, if ever you need a house sitter can I do it for you? I covet your bay tree! Am a keen cook and own an allotment so I'd look after it well wink

If not I'll make do with being your new best friend smile

That is lovely to hear! Best friends would be good.

CuriousMama Wed 12-Dec-12 13:51:56

Work a potter Nigel? Please elaborate? grin

CuriousMama Wed 12-Dec-12 13:52:36

{{{{hug}}}

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:52:46

CuriousMama

Work a potter Nigel? Please elaborate? grin

Work AS a potter! A typo - sorry!

thebluenailbrush Wed 12-Dec-12 13:53:01

Hope you have a Merry Christmas Nigel and thanks for coming on here!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:53:59

CuriousMama

Hi again, I guess the house sitting's a no no? wink

I know you're private and I am guessing a bit shy, but do you like having parties or do you prefer just having one friend over? I prefer a smaller get together myself, 8 to 10,and I always cook lots of yummy grub. And yes if you're near the Durham coast you're welcome to come.

P.S. I'd love to hug you blush

Yes, I'm very private, very shy, and not very keen on parties. But very happy to be here!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:55:57

ThePsychicSatsuma

hi Nigel. You are my favourite TV chef for 2 reasons.
1) you have lovely hand-writing on your notelets.
2) you handle and chew the food so tenderly.

Please continue to promote yellow tomatoes.

<<YELLOW TOMATOES! YAY!>>

I love handwriting, especially with a fountain pen. I get so little chance nowadays with everything on a laptop. I use my pen as often as I can, and yes, love a yellow tomato.

CuriousMama Wed 12-Dec-12 13:57:04

I knew it was a typo, I'm your best friend aren't I? grin

Virtual parties are the way to go then. I hope you join mumsnet and come here often. Although beware of Fridays shock And wrap up well when you visit me.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:57:29

down2earthwithabump

Hi Nigel. I really enjoyed using my home-grown beetroot in your chocolate and beetroot cake, but found it quite a laborious recipe blush... then I saw the TV adaptation of Toast (which was brilliant) and saw just how much time you spend and have spent baking in the kitchen. Three different processes/bowls for one cake hmm! I like to spend time in the kitchen being creative but sometimes just can't spend that much time there. Simple suppers is much more my thing.

I wondered which is your favourite quick recipe that's sweet? smile

My favourite quick dessert is lemon curd folded into softly whipped cream, with a crumbled ginger biscuit. It is very nice!

PetiteRaleuse Wed 12-Dec-12 13:57:52

Thanks for answering my question Nigel. Have a lovely Christmas. I'm doing boeuf en croute. Would you recommend making it with mushrooms or liver paté in the pastry? I've never done it and seen recipes for both.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 13:59:42

PetiteRaleuse

Thanks for answering my question Nigel. Have a lovely Christmas. I'm doing boeuf en croute. Would you recommend making it with mushrooms or liver paté in the pastry? I've never done it and seen recipes for both.

Liver paté is richer, but very delicious, and that's the one I'd go for, definitely!

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 14:01:09

DewDr0p

Hi Nigel, just wondering if you're cooking Christmas dinner this year and what's on the menu if so?

I would love to do something new and adventurous - but I know I won't! It has to be roast goose, and lots of roast potatoes, followed by Christmas pudding, brandy butter, wearing a silly paper hat, and then falling asleep in front of the telly!

PetiteRaleuse Wed 12-Dec-12 14:01:37

Thank you so much. I will love telling my guests that Nigel Slater advised me so.

CuriousMama Wed 12-Dec-12 14:01:44

Thanks so much for humouring me. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas.

My DS2 (darling son 2) who's 12 made bread for the first time last night. Was very late but I'm terribly laid back. Anyway he loved it, and it's lush. DS1 has made it before as do Dp (darling partner) and I. Think ds2 was feeling a bit left out plus he said he loves the smell. He loves your tv series too. smile

Badvocsanta Wed 12-Dec-12 14:02:21

Merry Xmas Nigel and thanks x

Thank you Nigel.

NigelSlater Wed 12-Dec-12 14:03:01

Huge thank you to everyone for joining today! So sorry I couldn't answer all your questions, but do follow me on twitter, @realnigelslater

Merry Christmas! wink

Ahhh my computer froze twice!!! Merry Christmas Nigel. Thanks for answering my question. X

quirk Wed 12-Dec-12 14:24:49

Oh, late and missed the chat! Nigel, just wanted to say you are THE BEST. Really.
That's all smile

SledsImOn Wed 12-Dec-12 16:14:40

What an absolute darling smile

dinkystinky Wed 12-Dec-12 16:22:32

What a lovely man! Thanks for answering my question Nigel - must try that salt in porridge thing

KurriKurri Wed 12-Dec-12 16:35:17

Nigel answered my question smilesmilesmile <faints>, what a lovely, lovely man - when can we have him back?

CuriousMama Wed 12-Dec-12 16:41:41

He's my new BFF grin

Oh, I missed it.

I'm off to sulk.
<whispers "Jamie answered my question..>

marthamufffett Wed 12-Dec-12 18:17:13

Hi Nigel,
I'm writing the blog 'letters to Nigel Slater' which mumsnet have decided to make one of their featured blogs.
I had a nice e-mail from your agent to say you were enjoying reading it a while back. I hope you are still enjoying it since i have moved on to the Kitchen Diaries 2?
Best wishes,
Hilary Chambers (martha muffett)

HappyTurquorn Wed 12-Dec-12 18:48:41

Marvellous! Thank you, Mumsnet and Nigel for a very enjoyable read after a day of writing job applications.

<mutters> Must look out for any jobs in local cafes! </mutters>

fiddlemethis Wed 12-Dec-12 23:42:28

man, I missed it, I thought he was on tonight..I shall have to bother him via twitter instead then. I love love love the Slater. He has seen me through many a break up, 2 babies and 3 house moves. "If in doubt, go to Slater" is the motto in our house.

frankie4 Thu 13-Dec-12 00:01:43

I am so thrilled that Nigel answered my question! Thank you so much Nigel!

Nigel answered my question grin Thank you, Nigel (and MN) grin <swoons again> Ooh, I've gone a bit hot now...! Yay! MPD

gazzalw Thu 13-Dec-12 07:34:10

Thank you Nigel smile - you're a star! Have a brilliant Christmas!

snigger Thu 13-Dec-12 14:12:33

NOOOOO!

I am properly properly miserable. How did I miss this???

How did I miss the ONE PERSON I would actively stalk in real life in order to talk to, appearing on MN?

<<racking shuddering sobs>>

This constitutes due cause to leave DH in my book, wasting my week with his bloody business woes.

sobsobsob.

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Dec-12 16:05:34

Watch Nigel talk about his webchat and favourite biscuit here

frankie4 Thu 13-Dec-12 16:57:38

And my question was his favourite!! Made my day, I'm so happy!

HappyTurquoise Thu 13-Dec-12 18:16:03

Oh, love the little video clips, it really brings the chat to life.

millie19 Thu 13-Dec-12 22:50:00

Have always loved the wonderful Nige (as he's known in our house!) - my kitchen shelves groan under the weight of Appetite, KD1 (KD2 coming for my birthday next week :-)), 30 Minute Meals (another mozzarella pesto chicken recipe lover!), Real Cooking, Tender I & II.....Yes I am marginally obsessed with him and have always loved OFM columns, Observer/Guardian columns etc. No am not a stalker honest! My dad and I loved cooking from his books, I took that love to uni and now cook for my family as a way of keeping his memory alive through our shared love of food sad The way you write about cooking Nigel is like no one else - you write like a big hug in front of a fire on a cold winter's day. Never ever stop, you are an inspiration X

WeWilsonAMerryChristmas Fri 14-Dec-12 16:23:00

Not quite as much behind the scenes giggling as there was on Huge Grant's vid grin

thebluenailbrush Fri 14-Dec-12 17:12:03

yes the giggling was hilarious. Whoever it was turned into a schoolgirl instantly- as i'm sure i would have too!

ThePsychicSatsuma Sun 16-Dec-12 20:53:35

I just knew he'd like yellow tomatoes. sch-ting.

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