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Nigella Lawson tells fans ‘to stuff their faces’ in lockdown

Nigella Lawson has urged her fans to ‘stuff their faces’ during lockdown as she credits cooking with helping her to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TV chef, 60, said she believes budding cooks don’t need ‘to make showstoppers’ to enjoy food as she revealed her favourite dish, noodles with lamb shank and aromatic broth, was a huge comfort in isolation. 

Nigella added that she certainly had the chance to indulge when she was filming her new cooking series in lockdown, as restrictions meant she had to eat all of the dishes herself.

Enjoy it! Nigella Lawson, 60, has urged her fans to ‘stuff their faces’ during lockdown as she credits cooking with helping her to get through the COVID-19 pandemic

Speaking to The Daily Star Sunday Nigella said cooking delicious food has been a great comfort for herself and others while they’ve been stuck at home in lockdown.

She said: ‘Lockdown showed people who don’t consider themselves confident cooks, that cooking is all about improvisation. It gave them confidence.

‘You are not talking about making showstoppers. You’re talking about cobbling things together to make ­supper.

‘I think we all learned over ­lockdown that thinking about what to eat, cooking it, sitting down to what we’ve cooked, really gave a focus to our lives that we were grateful for.’

Candid: The TV chef said she believes budding cooks don't need 'to make showstoppers' to enjoy food, and believes it can be a huge comfort during times of isolation

Candid: The TV chef said she believes budding cooks don’t need ‘to make showstoppers’ to enjoy food, and believes it can be a huge comfort during times of isolation

Nigella added that her lamb and noodles dish has always been a warm comfort to her while she’s in lockdown, while she filmed her new series Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat.

The cook added that due to social distancing restrictions she was unable to film any scenes of pals getting to taste her yummy dishes, meaning she got to tuck into them instead.

Last month, Nigella admitted 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.

Delicious: Nigella also revealed her favourite dish, noodles with lamb shank and aromatic broth, provided her with some much-needed joy in lockdown

Delicious: Nigella also revealed her favourite dish, noodles with lamb shank and aromatic broth, provided her with some much-needed joy in lockdown

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”. 

‘So I don’t dwell on it. As long as you’re healthy, that really is the most important thing.’  

Family: Nigella admitted she never saw herself reaching 60 after witnessing the deaths of family including her mother Vanessa Salmon and her sister Thomasina (pictured in 1965)

Family: Nigella admitted she never saw herself reaching 60 after witnessing the deaths of family including her mother Vanessa Salmon and her sister Thomasina (pictured in 1965)

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. 

Late husband: Nigella's first husband, journalist John Diamond (left), was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in March 2001 (pictured in 2000)

Late husband: Nigella’s first husband, journalist John Diamond (left), was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in March 2001 (pictured in 2000)


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