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

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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.

misspollysdolly Tue 11-Dec-12 21:34:00

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


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!


Lili x


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


<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


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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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?

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