Sunday, January 9

I love Nigella!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have a long-standing love affair with Nigella!

Don't get me wrong- Delia is great, and if you want a recipe to be 100% surefire then follow her directions
TO THE LETTER and you get exactly what you set out to bake.

But Nigella. . .she doesn't seem to mind if you go off on your own tangent and come up with something completely different to the picture on the page- in fact I think she's even quite pleased!

Because I've never got the right ingredients at the time I actually feel in the mood to cook something new, Nigella's recipes provide perfect inspiration to use what's to hand in a different way to the norm, and I have a total affinity with her hatred of throwing away ANY leftover food
(not that leftovers are ever a problem in our house!)

I can read a cookbook like other people read a novel, rolling and stirring and mixing in my mind as I turn the pages, and Nigella writes as if she was sitting beside you chatting over a morning coffee- the recipes spring to life even if you know it's something you'd NEVER actually make!

I'm so pleased to have been given Kitchen for my birthday. . .but looking at the gorgeous cake recipes, I wonder if Ted had an ulterior motive :))



19 comments:

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

I agree, I love the fact that she is a bit slap dash too! Her banana bread is really great - 'chuck in as many bananas as you have' and comes out fab!

Vintage from the Village said...

She is great- cookery and entertainment rolled into one ! love the bit after the credits when she sneaks to the fridge !
Loving Nigel Slaters programmes too
Sue x

OhSoVintage said...

It's always a great idea to give someone else a cookery book as you are bound to benefit from it. Did you see the email that was going around with photos of Gillian McKeith and Nigella because they are the same age and G looks terrible and Nigella just gorgeous? The moral being eat what you like and lots of it.

Vintage Tea Time said...

Yes, I love to read cookery books like you - sometimes in bed at night instead of a novel! Drooling over the pictures. I specially love it if the recipes are from a particular country and they show pics, say, of the lemon grove, or the hunky Italian making pizza!!

Menopausal musing said...

Ha! Ha! re the comment on my blog earlier today. Just so you know, I found a birthday present yesterday when I went into one of my cupboards that stores fabric/cushions. It was a Christmas mug with Christmas candy and cost 89p! (They were selling them cheap in the village store apparently). Class act, that man of mine.......... class act!

I am also a lover of Nigella's recipes and have the hips to prove it......... sigh........

Andi's English Attic said...

I know what you mean about Nigella, she's very readable. Her approach to cooking is rather like she's arrived for a girlie sleepover. Lots of giggling and eating the raw cake mix! xx

jane and the happy crow said...

Totally agree, I am a good friend with Nigella too and her Express book has added greatly to my everyday nosh, all loosely based on whats on the page. Happy New Year, Jane xxx

ilovemyhouse said...

Hi dear.Nigella is one of my idols. I gave my best friend this book for her birthday, she's just like me and you welove to read cookbooks as other books.
Can't wait to get invited :)))

XX

Sylvia said...

I've heard of Nigella, seems like an interesting book !
I love reading cookbooks too, I have a lot of them.
Nice week,
Sylvia

Hesta Nesta said...

I too love Nigella, plus she has a figure to die for, a real beauty as well as a fab cook. I am also in love with Nigel Slater, I love his simple approach to cooking, he makes it look so effortless. Two very inspirational cooks with none of this celebrity chef nonsense!!
Jo xx

Sherri B. said...

I asked Santa for this book but didn't get it. No pouting though, as I got two others, but still, now with all of this talk about Nigella, it makes me want it even more!

Did I miss your Birthday? If so..Happy Birthday and I know you had a good one because you got 'the book'.

ELEGANCEVINTAGE said...

Oo-er think I must have missed your birthday Ms Bunny. Sending best wishes just the same! Not sure about Nigella though one daughter rates her. Every time I watch her programmes I want to shout, " Rich bitch!". Especially as her sweet first husband John Diamond while dying of cancer stated that he wrote his book, "Cowards Get Cancer Too", so that he could provide for her and the children after his death. How effing sad that she hooked up with a multi-millionaire five minutes after. End of rant.

bois-fleurie said...

I've been thinking of buying Nigellas book ,now I shall.I alawys seem to add whatever is around,so sounds like its a book that will suit me.

Jill said...

I also love Nigella and her Christmas Book is brilliant - almost as good as Delia!
Jillx

ted and bunny said...

although I feel no real need to stick-up for Nigella, I do feel the need to stick-up for grabbing life with both hands even if it's deemed irreverent, and must just reply to Cecile Elegancevintage (I'm sure won't take offence)...

When your beloved mother, sister AND husband have all met very early and tragically untimely deaths through cancer I think it's a very wise mindset to grab life as it hits you, instead of waiting and wasting any time whatsoever!

Just because in everyone else's eyes you move on, doesn't mean you stop grieving or forget..xx

funkymonkey said...

I adore reading cookery books although I'm not a Nigella fan. Nigel Slater is my favourite along with Hugh FW. Happy Cooking.

Tracey

sue15cat said...

Thank you for your comment defending Nigella falling in love so soon after Johns death. It was fate. Her new husband had been a friend of both of them for many years and helped her after John un-timely death. There are always reasons for things that the majority don't get to hear about. But why should we, private lives are just that....private!

I love and have always loved Nigella, Nigel and Jamies attitude to food and methods of cooking. Although Lovely Hubby says 'Nigellas' arse is far too wide'...his words I hasten to add not mine. I am currently working my way through all my cookbooks, treating them as novels and having THE best time doing so.

Sorry if I missed your birthday, but what a wonderful present to get 'Kitchen', it's a brilliant book.

Sue xx

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

i love her too but I find i hard to believe she shovels as much food in her gob in reality as she does on tv

Country Style Living said...

Is the new Kitchen book any good? I have several of her books, and have fav recipes from each of them, which I use regular. Her Madeira cake recipe from Domestic Goddess springs to mind......

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