Nigel Slater.his budget, his kitchen, his food, him, rumble grump

(219 Posts)
Minimammoth Tue 30-Jul-13 19:10:26

It had to be done. A Nigel Slater thread just to get it off your chest.
Do we really have the time that you have Nige?
Does he ever cook for more than one?

VestaCurry Sat 10-Aug-13 14:27:46

Have one of his early cookbooks which is great and I love 'Toast', but in these days of austerity his recent tv shows leave me feeling on a right downer.

Begginyouformercy Sat 10-Aug-13 14:20:25

I had the misfortune to catch a couple of minutes of his leftovers programme last night. Oh god, those pauses <boooooooak>

CancellingTheApocalypse Sat 10-Aug-13 09:45:10

Trills post from earlier in the thread is great!!
Made me lol grin

Trills Wed 31-Jul-13 09:24:03
"I have one Nigel Slater book - a diary-ish one - and you're right that there are hardly any recipes - just smug "I ate one perfect tomato on a slice of sourdough with a drizzle of artisan olive oil from Sicily".

What else did you eat Nigel? Did you go down the chippy after that?"

volestair Sat 10-Aug-13 05:24:54

None of the leftover stuff can be as bad as that episode of Food & Drink where they brandished a "leftover" whole leg of roast lamb with maybe three slices taken out of it, and proceeded to hack it up into tiny pieces to make subpar shepherd's pie. No, you muppets! Recommend mutton mince, and maybe it'll actually become possible to get hold of the stuff. At least one of the presenters had the good grace to comment that there was never much leftover roast meat at her house when she was growing up.

diddl Fri 09-Aug-13 13:56:37

"A Taste of My Lfe" is a few years old, isn't it?

Unless there's a new series?

milk Fri 09-Aug-13 13:13:20

Have you read one of his cook books? His writing is just as annoying as his speaking angry He is so full of himself!

Minimammoth Tue 06-Aug-13 17:47:52

Our aim is to support celebrities in a positive way with useful little hints, Jugglingwink

Just had to pop back on here to say how much I enjoyed watching Nigel cook, chat, and eat with actor Denis Lawson on "A taste of my life" this afternoon.

I think this is his kind of programme, no proper recipes, some good company, and just a lovely combination of food and life.

He's even had his hair cut ! I wondered if he'd seen this thread smile

Ilovemyrabbits Sun 04-Aug-13 16:20:16

I followed cook books by other people and they generally bombed horribly. Slater's lemon roast chicken was divine to a hopeless chef like me and I was hooked from that recipe onward. I sometimes find myself thinking I'm not keen on him, when I watch him, because he is a bit smug, but then I remember his lemon chicken and watch him some more.... I am clearly one of the fan base.

Minimammoth Sun 04-Aug-13 15:20:09

I was fancying a go at his lemon cake, as its bucketing down here, so have put the oven on. Not got enough lemons. One only won't do I guess. Noticed he does wear a big wedding ring, so maybe his partner is permanent.
Another question for all you fans, does he run an establishment a la Heston.

leakylills Sat 03-Aug-13 08:53:48

2468BONJOVI Yes we used to get the same food for staff dinner as was on the menu for punters . fabulous stuff...The amount of superb quality, perfectly good food that got thrown away was unbelievable.. Everything from Oysters to Rib eye steaks, farm reared chicken trays of desserts - you name it. All because the menu was changing, so out it went. Needless to say I used to take it home. I'd end up throwing it out as I couldn't eat it all.
I've still the hips to prove it..

leakylills Sat 03-Aug-13 08:27:54

My mum read 'Toast' and said it was good. I'm sure it is, I just think he's a right cold fish on telly and doesn't come across well at all. He actually seems devoid of personality.

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 22:38:33

For tonight's dinner I made a soup:
- 2 cartons of butternut squash soup (tesco)
- leftover rice & peas
- leftover beef from chinese takeaway, finely chopped

mix and heat. no-one complained

Minimammoth Fri 02-Aug-13 22:06:31

Tonight's challenge. Make store cupboard meal. Er. Pasta, tuna, flagelot beans, half an onion, courgette bit of pesto, mayo, Parmesan . Nigel is your uncle. Well it was edible.

Yes, with the herb thing I think he should suggest whichever he'd choose, and then say or you could use X for a more mediteranean flavour or whatever - but surely using different herbs will make quite a big difference to the flavour ? So odd when he just says use X,Y or Z.

You can perhaps take the no recipe do what you like thing a bit too far? (especially when making a food/cookery programme)

LadyClariceCannockMonty Fri 02-Aug-13 18:02:39

'Just pick one and be fucking done with it you tit' is making me snort.

whowherewhen Fri 02-Aug-13 17:28:19

I must say how much pleasure reading this thread has been. It's made me laugh so much - very amusing thoughts on dear Nige!! For one thing, it as amazing the number of comments on here.
Yes, he himself is very unappetizing - very unclean looking hair and not good when he touches it whilst cooking. He should follow Hugh Fern.Whit who is now looking rather better with a shorter style. Also his drawling talk is irritating.
Yes his book Toast was rather good but we probably have to forgive a lot of the detail in his TV program as he's probably manipulated a great deal by the producer.

2468BONJOVI Fri 02-Aug-13 17:03:52

leakylils, I am pleased to hear it. I read Kitchen Confidential and Bourdain said the workers in good restaurants got terrible food. I don't want to believe it, I want to imagine that everyone who works there gets top nosh.

Xiaoxiong, if you would kill... and it was pre-kids....the answer is staring you in the face.

Queazy Fri 02-Aug-13 17:00:15

I love Nigel! Have you read his book 'Toast' - absolutely brilliant. His cake recipes are insanely good. Nope, not a bad word to say about the man...! smile

leakylills Fri 02-Aug-13 16:58:46

I washed dishes in a Soho restaurant as a student and ate better than all of you. Ha ha

motherinferior Fri 02-Aug-13 16:57:51

God yes, I ate amazingly as a student.

leakylills Fri 02-Aug-13 16:54:03

He looks dirty to me. Also I can't stand- I could use basil, I could Rosemary, I could use Parsley.. Just pick one and be fucking done with it you tit..

SlimePrincess Fri 02-Aug-13 15:35:40

I like Nigel. I absolutely cannot abide the barefoot fucking contessa though.

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 14:53:07

Lovely Janice Turner interviewed him once for the TImes. IIRc she said he was rather fernickity

Xiaoxiong Fri 02-Aug-13 14:51:11

Oh god. I would kill to cook like NS, the way I did pre-kids...I used to buy all this random stuff from the market, anything that was massively reduced, and eat like a queen. I particularly remember a whole shoulder of lamb for £1 from a posh butcher, a whole salmon for £5 if I gutted and scaled it myself, and a brace of partridges from the market, 2 for £2.

DH was commenting the other day that we ate fancier stuff when we were students and had no money than we do now, simply because we had time to go shopping every day and hoover up the bargains.

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