Nigella Lawson threw shade at outgoing US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, when she shared a ‘bitter orange tart’ recipe online in the closing hours of his term.
Before Trump, 74, and his wife Melania, 50, were seen leaving Washington, DC’s White House for the last time ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Nigella, 61, took to Twitter to post the recipe for her 2.7million followers.
Referencing the momentous events of the day, she wrote in sassy fashion: ‘Well, yes, Bitter Orange Tart just happens to be #RecipeOfTheDay.
Shade: Nigella Lawson threw shade at outgoing US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, when she shared a ‘bitter orange tart’ recipe online in the closing hours of his term
‘Apart from anything else, there are more things to make with Seville oranges than marmalade! This is not complicated: the base is bashed ginger nuts.’
Reacting to the tweet, Nick Grimshaw wrote: ‘Nigella love levels rising,’ echoing the sentiments of journalist Jim Pickard, who branded the tweet ‘intergalactic sass’.
Meanwhile, Caitlin Moran wrote: ‘If anyone says “Given the last few years, are there any things that still make you proud to be British?” I have to reply, “It’s a dwindling list, but Nigella Lawson calmly choosing Bitter Orange Tart on the day Trump leaves office would be one of them.”‘
While Nigella didn’t directly address her efforts at culinary trolling, she did like a number of tweets directly stating as much, before she added further advice.
President: The post was shared as Donald Trump’s single term as US President came to a close
She wrote: ‘I should also let you know that if you don’t have Seville oranges, the recipe also gives the option of using the juice of regular eating oranges and limes. Plus, the curd filling is fabulous just on bread or to sandwich a cake.’
In the hours that followed, Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as President and Vice President, respectively, during a star-studded ceremony that included performances from Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.
Late last month, Nigella was seen outside celebrity chef role in an unearthed clip from 1997 showing her working as a reporter for Newsnight.
The TV star, who was 37 in the clip, has not aged a day since the report where she discussed how Princess Diana changed attitudes to motherhood.
Sassy: Referencing the momentous events of the day, she wrote in sassy fashion, ‘Well, yes, Bitter Orange Tart just happens to be #RecipeOfTheDay’
Nigella had a noticeably more conservative look in the report, donning a black blazer and bright red shirt.
Also sporting slim-fitting trousers, the bestselling author let her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders.
The TV chef also appeared to sport less makeup than the more glamorous look she is known for today.
In the clip, Nigella says: ‘Diana initially came by her status and her fame by the traditional route for women, through marriage.
New term: Hours later, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the US. Pictured US Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife, Dr Jill Biden
‘She later epitomised the modern self-invented women. She tried and succeeded to forge an identity of her own very distinct from her husband’s and pointedly so.
‘For many women, this showed that times really had changed and that a wife, even one as traditionally brought up as Diana, was no longer prepared to take on a subservient role or even pretend to do so.’
Nigella started her career in journalism as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, with her first cookbook How To Eat published in 1998.
It comes after Nigella recently revealed she never saw herself reaching 60 after witnessing the deaths of multiple family members under the age of 50.
She said she will never take her age for granted after watching those around her die young; her mother at 48, her sister aged 32 and then her late husband John Diamond at 47.
Throwback: Nigella was not always known as a celebrity chef as a recently unearthed clip from 1997 shows her working as a reporter for Newsnight
Speaking in Good Housekeeping magazine’s December issue, the television chef said: ‘I’m not a planner – apart from when it comes to food! But to be completely honest, I’ve never been able to take for granted that I’d be alive by this age.
‘My mother died at 48 and my sister at 32. And then John [Diamond, her late husband] at 47.
‘So, even if I were the sort of person who planned ahead, I don’t think I would have seen myself here… I kind of think you can’t do anything about it [ageing] so why complain?’
She admitted going through the trauma of losing those close to her has changed her entire attitude towards the ageing process.
Nigella explained: ‘I also know what the alternative is, so it feels wrong when you’ve been surrounded by people who have died young to say “My hair’s awful, I’ve got to get my roots done” or “My hands look like lizards”.
Then and now: The TV star, who was 37 in the clip, has not aged a day since the report where she discussed how Princess Diana changed attitudes to motherhood
‘So I don’t dwell on it. As long as you’re healthy, that really is the most important thing.’
Her mother Vanessa Salmon died in 1985 from liver cancer and her sister Thomasina died from breast cancer eight years later in 1993.
Her first husband, journalist John Diamond, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in March 2001.
The pair met in 1986 when they were both writing for The Sunday Times and they married in Venice in 1992.
They had two children together; daughter Cosima, now 26, and son Bruno, now 24.
Beauty: The TV chef also appeared to sport less makeup than the more glamorous look she is known for today