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

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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?

Trills Tue 30-Jul-13 19:11:21

I much prefer Raymond Blanc smile

MultumInParvo Tue 30-Jul-13 19:16:26

Raymond gets on my nerves with his 'voila!' every other second. But then I find myself waiting for it. Like a dripping tap.

SirChenjin Tue 30-Jul-13 19:17:02

God yes - him and his bloody 'suppahs' thrown together with leftovers that cost more than my weekly food bill and freshly picked herbs. It's all very pretty and lovely and twee to look at, but not the way that the majority of the UK lives.

SwedishEdith Tue 30-Jul-13 19:18:38

I do love his kitchen but can't help thinking it's badly designed - he always has to traipse across the whol room to get his tins of smoked paprika.

All food must come in brown paper. His kitchen is a Morrison's- cellophane-wrapped free-zone

Itsjustafleshwound Tue 30-Jul-13 19:19:17

And the quirky delis and butchers because we all have the budget ...

DioneTheDiabolist Tue 30-Jul-13 19:19:38

He comes across as really smug and a bit creepy. His food doesn't excite me so even if I could afford the ingredients and the time, I wouldn't try his recipes.

I'm not really sure who his fanbase is.

RippingYarns Tue 30-Jul-13 19:19:47

and he needs to stop touching his hair when he cooks

Minimammoth Tue 30-Jul-13 19:22:26

And his little forays into the herb garden. And the just 'throwing' things together. Can he do faffless cooking? Eh eh?
I always get over excited when I see three lemons.

surroundedbyblondes Tue 30-Jul-13 19:23:12

I just had the same thoughts about the cooking for one and the poor kitchen planning!

SauvignonBlanche Tue 30-Jul-13 19:23:21

I used to love his column in the Observer until I saw him on the TV.

Minimammoth Tue 30-Jul-13 19:25:30

That's lemon drizzle cake then, with a bit of thyme. I am obviously enjoying getting wound up.

TheRealFellatio Tue 30-Jul-13 19:25:53

I love him but yet...I agree with all of the above. I just love dribbling at his kitchen and all his lovely pans and utensils. But it annoys me the way he never peels or chops things probably, just hacks it all up like a bit of a ham-fisted oaf, leaving stalks and bits of core in apples etc.

Be more precise Nigel, please. hmm

I have ALL of his books though

lightrain Tue 30-Jul-13 19:26:54

Oh, don't be mean! He's lovely. All the brown paper, fancy garden, herbs and nice delis are aspirational - I don't think we're supposed to cook like that every night!

expatinscotland Tue 30-Jul-13 19:27:11

What budget? His is approaching the stratosphere.

TheRealFellatio Tue 30-Jul-13 19:27:23

The ceremonial, almost pornagraphic unwrapping of two fat slices of pancetta wrapped in brown paper and tied with string, that probably cost about 12 quid always makes me laff.

TheRealFellatio Tue 30-Jul-13 19:28:00

That's how you can live if you are well orf and don't have children. What bliss.

Arisbottle Tue 30-Jul-13 19:30:27

It hardly costs a lot to grow herbs and you don't even need a garden.

squalorvictoria Tue 30-Jul-13 19:31:48

I really, really, really, really, really CANNOT STAND Nigel Slater.

There's something about him that makes me physically recoil. Just tried watching him on BBC1 and I had to turnover.

I'm not sure what it is. The greasy hair? The creepy air about him? The smuggery? The word "supper"? His poncey North London lifestyle full of delis and boutique bakeries where even the MINCE comes lovingly wrapped in paper?

Sorry Nige, I really wanted to like you but I can't.

Capitola Tue 30-Jul-13 19:34:44

He is SO affected & unbearably mincing. He makes me never want to eat again.

RippingYarns Tue 30-Jul-13 19:35:00

grating a slab of parmesan the size of which would cost almost my weekly food budget?

jog on, slater grin

Oh, I love him and his cooking. I love that there's no real recipe, and everything is uncomplicated enough to remember. Just some ideas of a few things that might go well together. Also love his kitchen and garden.

Only thing I agree with really is perhaps he could share the meal at the end more often with someone else ? ..... Me ?!!!

(lots of other chefs do this too, like Rick Stein ... prepare a delicious meal and then just eat it by themselves in the kitchen without even sitting down hmm - seems a shame not to share it with others and hear some appreciation of its delights ?)

Chubfuddler Tue 30-Jul-13 19:36:43

Rick stein is much much worse.

It's not real cooking. It's aspirational. To be watched whilst necking a waitrose ready meal. .

TheRealFellatio Tue 30-Jul-13 19:42:34

Oh I love Rick Stein. His books are great but although I do watch him ont' telly he is such a bloody old curmudgeon I wish he'd cheer up a bit.

I love Raymond too. hell, I love 'em all. grin

K8Middleton Tue 30-Jul-13 19:43:04

I cook like that. Random bits foraged from the reduced counter depths of the fridge and the herb pots of supermarket herbs planted in the garden with a few naice reduced bits from the deli.

But I always have someone to eat it with. Me on my own and it doesn't get more exotic than boiled eggs and toast for dinner. I feel a bit sad for him sad

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