There is no doubt about it – popular British culture has Nigella Lawson as one of its icons. This celebrity chef has been labeled a domestic goddess and any concoction she whips up in her kitchen is sure to be a hit – whether in the UK or other countries. Recently, BBC teamed up with her to come up with her Christmas Kitchen. Let’s take a peek into Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen. Here are some excerpts from her interview with BBC.
Who would be around your fantasy Christmas table?
Christmas is a time for family and friends, so however much I admire someone in history or now, I think I would feel far too intimidated to invite them in for Christmas. Without wanting to sound mawkish, I should like to have all of those in my family who are no longer with me. Oh, and maybe Mae West, just to keep us all entertained.
What did you eat at Christmas as a child? What do you remember loving or hating?
I loved the sausages – who doesn’t? – and the bread sauce. I didn’t have a huge interest in anything else. I hated the Christmas pudding and I also wasn’t particularly enamoured of sprouts.
When do you start planning Christmas dinner in your household?
I don’t need to plan too much. I make pretty much the same thing year in, year out. I might change the stuffing slightly, but essentially it’s the same. I still write out what I’m doing when. There are so many distractions – shopping, wrapping, people dropping in, wine… I like to have a plotted timeline ready by about 23 December though; just so there are no surprises.
Maybe we can get some ideas from her…