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@nigelslater
✨✨Huge congratulations to Jonnie Riordan, Henry Filloux-Bennett, our wonderful cast and crew and everyone involved with Toast the play. You deserve all the stars on your shiny new poster and more. You are all totally awesome. And a massive thank you to our lovely audiences for being such fun and for sending such kind messages. 🙏Toast continues @theotherpalace until August 2nd. ✨✨
Tue 23rd April 2019
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Peace in which to work. The busiest room in the house is actually two rooms separated by folding doors. One half is where we take photographs and eat, and the other is a space in which we hold meetings and where I have my desk (out of shot). Both rooms are unusually quiet and calm today. But it’s early, and the quiet won’t last. (We have a photo shoot today.) Just the sound of birds singing in the garden outside. I love these rare moments of peace.
Mon 22nd April 2019
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Cairo tulips, like a glowing lantern, growing in terracotta pots in the back garden. Happy Easter.
Sun 21st April 2019
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I have had surprisingly few knives over the years. One or two have been in my kitchen for decades. (I take care of them.) Finding a knife that works for me is not about brand names or how expensive it is. I don’t want a shouty look-at-what-a-serious-cook-I-am knife. I simply want one that does the job. There are few greater pleasures than working with a beautiful knife. It might be cheap and cheerful or eye-wateringly expensive. What matters is that it feels comfortable in the hand and is right for the job. A good knife is both a thing of beauty and a joy to use. I have a flexible blade for fish that I’ve had since cooking school, a good strong serrated blade for bread, and a long thin German carving knife. Oh, and chunky old Turkish thing for winkling the grass from between the paving stones in the garden. It’s a small collection, but perfectly adequate. The knife I use most is a large cook’s knife that I bought in Japan. I use it every day. Infuriatingly it is never where I want it to be (there are two kitchens here, my own calm basement space and the busy studio kitchen we use for recipe development and photography. They are on different floors.) A second cook’s knife has been needed for a long time. And now I have one. It is by @prendergastknives and is everything I want a knife to be. I particularly appreciate its quiet, understated beauty. Zoom in, take a look. The way it feels in the hand - its weight and balance. The handle, made from dark, smooth bog oak - like my kitchen table - is cool in the hand and there is lightness to the whole piece that I like. Welcome, new knife. I shall look after you.
Sat 20th April 2019
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✨💕🍋During each performance of Toast at @theotherpalace the cast distributes a few sweet treats to the audience. Every day, @lily_vanilli_cake makes miniature, sweet-sour lemon meringues specially for the show, arriving just in time for each performance. One of the happiest moments of the whole production has been watching the audience pass the treats back and forth along the rows. Thank you Lily and team for your beautiful tarts. 🍋🍋💕✨ For tickets and information about Toast I have put a link in the biog above.
Fri 19th April 2019
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Swiss rolls filled with raspberry jam were part of my childhood.) I remember making my first in a Domestic Science lesson at school.) I was in a particularly nostalgic mood when I decided to make this, my first for decades, freckling it with orange and lemon zest and filling it with lemon curd and cream. Such a cake would work for an Easter treat. Light, citrus-scented and served with slices of blood orange. Details in today’s @obsfood and from tomorrow at nigelslater.com
Sun 14th April 2019
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Thank you for all your heartwarming messages about GreenFeast. I have just spent the last two days in my publisher’s warehouse in Glasgow signing copies which will go to independent bookshops and can also be pre-ordered at www.waterstones.com A new book is always an exciting time, but this is especially so. So many people have asked me for a book of recipes that are principally plant based rather than including meat or fish, so this book was really in answer to them. The recipes reflect how I eat so are not ‘strictly’ vegetarian but very easily adapted for those who are. Publication is on 16th May with the second volume (Autumn/Winter) coming in October. We are still working on that.
Sat 13th April 2019
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Well, hello little book. The first of two volumes of GreenFeast has just arrived. The Spring/Summer collection (here, with its removable belly-band) is out in May. The second follows in October. A collection of easy, straightforward recipes for eating your greens. (No meat, no fish, though not ‘strictly’ vegetarian.) A big thank you to James Thompson my collaborator, Jonnie Lovekin who took the photographs, Tom Kemp for his calligraphy, David Pearson and to everyone at 4th Estate. @tom_kemp_ @typeasimage @sloefilms @4thestatebooks 💕🖋📕🌿
Sat 6th April 2019
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Blood oranges, chillies and lime juice used as a marinade for prawns in a refreshing spring ceviche. Details in tomorrow’s @obsmagazine and from Monday on nigelslater.com
Sat 6th April 2019
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At the tech rehearsals for Toast last night, the previews of which start tonight @theotherpalace . It is fascinating (and something of a break from testing recipes at home) to watch the crew perfecting the details of the sound and lighting, the music, wardrobe, food and design. Thanks to @libbydesigner @jromford @afbsound @zoespurr1989 @sloefilms @lily_vanilli_cake and everyone working behind the scenes at Toast for being so completely wonderful. And to @gilesrcooper for bringing his delicious home-made cake for us all. 💕💕💕
Thu 4th April 2019
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Roast cauliflower, old-fashioned cream of onion sauce. A soothing, peaceful dish for Mothering Sunday. Details in today’s @obsmagazine and, later on line at theguardian.com . The plate is by @floriangadsby
Sun 31st March 2019
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GreenFeast, volume one. Unbound chapters awaiting their cover. The format is compact, a sister book to Eat, and the paper is a soft cream, unlike the snowy white of The Christmas Chronicles. I have always allowed each book to have its own character, with an individual format, feel and font. It is something I know annoys a few people, who prefer a neat row of identically sized cookbooks on their shelf, but for me, it is part of the joy of doing what I do and finding a design that feels in harmony with the words and recipes within. A design that hopefully captures something of the spirit of the book.
Sat 30th March 2019
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White cherry blossom, North London, early spring. For the most of the year I walk past this tree and pay little attention. But for a fortnight in late March and early April it is glorious. So packed with blossom you can stand under its branches and barely see the sky. For just two weeks a year it’s canopy hovers over the pavement like a fluffy white cloud.
Sat 30th March 2019
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Designer Libby Watson’s model for the set of Toast, which opens in London next week. I adore every detail. The lino on the floor is just like the one we had in the kitchen at home, and Mum’s dress is exactly what she would have worn. Rediscovering the visual details of my childhood has been fascinating but also strangely emotional. (It is extraordinary how much you remember.) Libby @libbydesigner has worked on the production since the very beginning, long before the show first opened at The Lowry and at the Edinburgh Festival and is now getting ready for the London run. Director Jonnie Riordan is currently rehearsing with the cast for the new London production which opens at The Other Palace @theotherpalace next week and continues until August before it goes on tour. Exciting times.
Wed 27th March 2019
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A few uncut sheets of GreenFeast have arrived from the printers. I have, somewhat sentimentally, kept pieces of all my books at this stage. I probably have enough to paper an entire room. The pages will now be cut and bound and boxed and shipped. No matter how many times we go through this (and this is my fourteenth book) I never fail to be less than excited, not to mention more than a little nervous. GreenFeast S/S is published in May. GreenFeast A/W in October.
Mon 25th March 2019
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Banana fritters from next Sunday’s @obsmagazine column. When I was a kid I would race through my main course just to get to pudding, and all the quicker when I knew it was banana custard. Mum used to let it stand on the back of the Aga, so the bananas had time to flavour the custard. This week I dipped them in very thin batter - it barely stuck to the fruit - fried them then tossed them in fine sugar. The batter was barely there but it gave a thin cracking coat to the soft fruit within. A squeeze of lime was all they needed.
Fri 22nd March 2019
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Magnolia, Highbury. There is a certain grace to a magnolia. Even at their most majestic the trees bring a feeling of peace and tranquility to a garden. Now is their moment. I have a small Magnolia stellata in flower at home, it’s star-like petals as soft and pale as a marshmallow. I am very tempted to plant another, larger one, for future generations to enjoy.
Sat 16th March 2019
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At the bottom of the garden is a high walled rectangular space, no more than 6 x 10m, that is almost hidden from view. There is a mulberry tree and a plum, ivy and ferns but the space is essentially wild. I leave mounds of twigs on the ground in the hope they will provide winter homes for insects and other diminutive garden creatures. I never disturb them but I do often wonder who lives there. They are currently occupied by tiny pink cyclamen, if nothing else.
Fri 15th March 2019
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Sneak peek. GreenFeast covers being printed on a beautiful old Heidelberg press in Slovakia.
Thu 14th March 2019
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Paperwhites. Kitchen table. The scent is teasing, carrying both notes of deep midwinter and the first hint of spring. Like the weather today, blustery and bitterly cold, with intermittent shafts of warm spring sunshine and an ice blue sky.
Sun 10th March 2019
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