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@nigelslater
Lunch with @gilesrcooper at @skoshyork. Brussels sprouts Manchurian (my favourite sprout dish ever); sashimi of sea bass with horseradish and pickled turnip; scallop and trout dumplings with lemon grass; and pork belly ‘massaman’ with crisp, sharp apple. I don’t often have dessert in restaurants but new season pears with matcha sponge and yuzu (a sort of Japanese trifle) was a whole bowl of gorgeousness as (apparently) was G’s warm donut with quince and saffron custard. It is the original and quietly dazzling use of spices that made the food at Skosh so memorable. Thanks to everyone there for looking after us today. 🙏 (And yes, we had the fried chicken with fluffy brown butter hollandaise. How could we not?)
Wed 20th November 2019
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York all dressed for Christmas. Only a sprinkling of snow could make this city more gorgeous than it is tonight. Toast the play is on here at the Theatre Royal until Saturday. How I wish I had longer than just one night here. ✨🎄🎭✨
Tue 19th November 2019
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It feels like an age since I’ve been in the kitchen. Thank you to everyone who came to Dublin for my conversation with the fabulous @marian_keyes (what a kind and generous audience you were 🙏) and thanks too, to those who came to see Toast at the Lowry this week. A particularly poignant venue for the Toast team as that is where the play started, nearly two years ago. (We are in York this week.) Back at the stove, I’ve been baking as befits the autumn weather, including this crumbly tart of mushrooms and Parmesan, the details of which are on the Guardian website and, very soon, on Nigelslater.com. @obsmagazine
Sun 17th November 2019
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Looking forward to being back at work this week after a fortnight’s break. The office table, currently bathed in late autumn sunshine, will soon be reinstated as our place for production meetings and planning and working lunches. The studio kitchen will once again be busy with recipe testing and photographs. The welcome peace that has enveloped this house for the last fortnight will be gone. But before that, a book signing in Manchester on Monday (Waterstones, Deansgate, 12:30) then off to the @the_lowry in Salford to catch the first night of Toast and then on to chat with the wonderful@marian_keyes on Wednesday evening at the International Literature Festival in Dublin. As I say, it’s good to be back.
Sun 10th November 2019
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Autumn has taken hold of the garden. No frost yet, so the last of the dahlias and Japanese anemones are still standing. The occasional rose blooms. For the next week or so it is a question of clearing the vast yellow fig leaves from the paths and beds where they have fallen and risk smothering the tiny plants beneath. There is some good colour this month - in particular the acers, Cornus and Cercis Forest pansy. The beeches and hornbeams are just turning. I love the garden more at this time of year than any other. Thank you @theloosehorse for all your hard work.
Tue 29th October 2019
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A big thank you to everyone who came to the Greenfeast event at @toppingsbath last night; for battling the traffic, the queue and the rain and wind. And thank you especially for being so patient whilst I scribbled away on your copies of GreenFeast with my old fountain pen. It was lovely to meet you all. (Wish we had more time to chat.) A heartfelt shout out to everyone at Toppings for looking after us, bringing wine and cakes and gorgeous bread and cheese. That butter! And I really appreciated the endless pots of ginger tea for my wretched, lingering cough. Thanks to Michelle Kane and everyone @4thestatebooks for organising everything. 🙏🙏🖌🖌📙📙📙
Sat 26th October 2019
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The garden has been a welcome distraction this week. The acers on the kitchen roof turned the most glorious shades of amber and scarlet. The spring bulbs have arrived (orange tulips, yellow crocuses and white narcissi) and a hundred and twenty rust coloured wallflower seedlings have just turned up. Much needed new terracotta pots from @whichfordpottery are due to arrive tomorrow and the whole place will soon get its big autumn tidy-up.
Sun 20th October 2019
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📙 💕🌿 GreenFeast Autumn/Winter. Publishing Day. Huge thanks to James Thompson and Jonathan Lovekin, to @tom_kemp_ and @typeasimage and to everyone at @4thestatebooks for all their hard work on this little gem. 🙏🙏 💕🌿📙
Thu 3rd October 2019
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Malvern. Here for 🎭 Toast, which is at @malverntheatres until Saturday and wishing I could spend longer. The hills and bookshops, the tearooms and the mist around the street lamps that, it is said, inspired CS Lewis. Even the station is a gem, with its stopped clock and Lady Foley’s proper fruit cake.
Thu 3rd October 2019
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A thousand thankyous for your heartwarming comments about the new Autumn/Winter edition of GreenFeast. Your kind words are much appreciated. I’ve spent much of the morning pottering in the garden, the soggiest it has been in months. It has now reached the point, as it does every autumn, where I can barely find the kitchen door. Such is the tangle of wisteria, fig branches and the rampant Mme Viennot rose. I do love the garden like this, even though I get soaked just walking up the path with its collapsing dahlias, Japanese anemones and Cornus kousa. I must have swept up two hundred unripe figs from the path today. The garden smells of mushrooms and wine.
Sat 28th September 2019
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There were four plum trees in this little garden: a Czar, Ouillins gage, a damson and a greengage. For various reasons only the greengage still exists. A wilding, I never actually planted it, it’s fruits are difficult to collect without trampling over the beds beneath. I keep it there mostly for its blossom, a creamy white froth that flowers late, usually just as I come back from holiday in late spring. My local organic greengrocers has had a fine collection of plums this year. This crumble was made with some of them. The crumble crust is spiced with cardamom, ground ginger and cinnamon lending a faintly gingerbread tone. Details are on theguardian. com and nigelslater.com under recipes, autumn, puddings.
Sun 22nd September 2019
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So lovely to be back in this beautiful room at @spring_ldn again. Thank you @4thestatebooks and 🙏🙏💕to @skyegyngell and everyone at Spring at Somerset House for looking after us so splendidly tonight. 🧡🧡
Wed 18th September 2019
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Newcastle, with @gilesrcooper. An unexpected delight of the Toast tour is arriving in each city early and being a tourist for a day. Huddersfield, Oxford, Liverpool and now Newcastle. Never enough time but it has been too long since I’ve spent a day just pottering around like this. The light from the glass roof in the Central Arcade is really rather lovely BTW. Toast is here all week, at Northern Stage. Sadly I’m not.
Tue 17th September 2019
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Greenfeast Autumn Winter is out on October 3rd. Today, Food Monthly in the Observer publishes a collection of recipes from the new book. @obsfood @4thestatebooks.
Sun 15th September 2019
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All manner of plants grow up the walls of this house, from wisteria and jasmine to old roses and an espaliered pear. The most accommodating of all is surely the Hydrangea petiolaris, living happily in light shade, and tolerating my ability to both pamper and neglect as the mood takes me. This one now lives in the corner of the little courtyard with ferns at its feet and tangled with the gnarled trunk of a very old rose.
Sun 8th September 2019
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A golden autumn day. And with it, the need for pudding. Hence today’s rice with cardamom, cloves and condensed milk served with Victoria plums, muscovado and lemon. Details theguardian.com and nigelslater.com (in the autumn recipe section). The beautiful grey dish is by @jonosmart
Sun 8th September 2019
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Overhead shot of the little courtyard, (taken by leaning out of a second floor window). The two white jasmines have finally met in the middle forming a canopy that encloses the table and chairs. So the space now has a green roof giving shade to table underneath. The tree fern has done well again this year without protection last winter. (I feel it needs a friend.) Previously the yard had been a storage space for tools and builder’s materials. A bit of tip TBH. It is now a secret green space in which to sit under a canopy of jasmine.
Sun 1st September 2019
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Long hot day in the garden, feeding and watering and tidying and sweeping up the already falling leaves. Scratched from the roses and sore from lifting heavy terracotta pots around all day I shall shower then take a long, long soak in the cedar bath. Its a godsend after a day like today. TBH it has been a good while since I had a proper day in the garden, and I do love it, despite the fact that I often come in battered and bruised and scratched. Looking at it now I’m not sure I can see exactly what I’ve accomplished today, but it’s fine. This little garden has been good to me.
Mon 26th August 2019
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‘There has been a subtle change of step. Spiky dahlias in carnival colours have replaced the pink roses in the jam jar on the kitchen table and the broad beans have made way for climbing beans as thin and crisp as pencils. But it is the tomato that has been at the heart of this week’s cooking. I made a sauce for some of them with mustard seeds and garlic, turmeric and chillies. The heat of the spices, softened by coconut cream, produced a sauce the colour of terracotta. The fruit was both filled and surrounded with the spiced coconut sauce, giving the impression of something that had been cooked lovingly, for hours.’ From this week’s @obsmagazine column. Details: theguardian.com.
Sun 25th August 2019
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Summer’s end. The little courtyard seen from the kitchen window, the old zinc table just visible through tree ferns and hanging jasmine now home to young foxgloves potted up ready for autumn planting.
Sat 24th August 2019
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