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@nigelslater
I like to cook a chicken slowly in a deep pot on stove with water, bay and onions, peppercorns and carrots, then let it cool. I use the broth for soup and the chicken for a salad (and sandwiches and soups) for days to come.) This time, a chicken salad with ripe papaya, crisp radishes, mint, lime and chilli. Crisp, refreshing, hot, sour and sweet. Details in today’s @obsmagazine.
Sun 16th June 2019
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Munstead Wood, growing in a large pot on the kitchen steps. The summer rain has been so beautiful this week, but I would like some pure, bright sunshine now, for the buds yet to open, for the young dahlias and marigolds in their pots and so that I can once again work outside.
Fri 14th June 2019
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There’s an old wood and rusty iron bench beside the kitchen steps. As the summer progresses it becomes slowly hidden by an almost impenetrable tangle of roses, wisteria and maidenhair vine.
Sun 9th June 2019
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Asparagus in a crisp chickpea flour batter, the sort you use for pakoras, with a dip of yoghurt, mustard seeds, fresh ginger and lime. Details in today’s @obsmagazine
Sun 9th June 2019
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A few more shots from our Iranian travels. A thousand thanks to @meiiijeb who was our facilitator and translator throughout filming. The series could never have happened without Executive Producer James Thompson @sloefilms whose idea it was and we are grateful to everyone @BBCTwo Hungry Gap Productions and TIMA, but especially to our wonderful, generous and patient contributors all over Iran who took us into their homes and kitchens and made us so welcome. 🙏 💕 Pics: at the mosque; a feast at Meisam’s home; James at the 🕌, one of my daily breakfasts of cheese and vegetables and in the market in Rasht. Nigel Slater’s Middle East is available on BBC iplayer.
Wed 5th June 2019
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Thank you all for your kind messages about the series. 🙏 Tonight on BBCTwo at 7pm is the final part of our trip to the Middle East. We arrive in Iran. I loved making this series and especial this programme, but it could not have happened without the endless patience and generosity of the people of Iran, who invited us into their kitchens and let us cook and eat with them. We thank each and everyone of them. The series is available on iplayer.
Wed 5th June 2019
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Delving back through the pictures I took in Iran last year, eating salad in the markets in Tehran and Rasht - the city of rain - shopping for cucumbers, pomegranates and tasting fresh, gloriously sour barberries. The bit of the markets I loved most were the rows of women selling herbs - plastic bowls of dill and parsley, coriander and mint. Salad for breakfast is rather refreshing.
Tue 4th June 2019
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Remembering Iran. Our trips to Iran To film our Middle East series last year included some of the most extraordinary, heart-warming hospitality I have ever experienced. We were greeted with warm bread and hot, sweet tea wherever we went. We were offered food and drink at every turn, and broke bread in private homes, huts and farmhouses. I came back several kilos heavier. Last night, BBC2 repeated the Lebanese episode of our Middle Eastern journey. It’s on iplayer now. I’m hoping the Iranian one will be up there soon too. I can never thank everyone enough for their kindness and hospitality. Just remember to take your shoes off.
Tue 4th June 2019
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I am intrigued by the surface of my desk. I often wonder what sort of wood it is made from and how, though entirely smooth, the top appears rippled and undulating. It is quite old, soft to the touch with some rather spectacular cracks. I guess it’ll fall apart one day but hopefully not before I have finished volume two of GreenFeast. *Goes back to work*
Sun 2nd June 2019
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Summer’s evening, birds singing, the greens in the garden at their most luminous. (Me, at my desk, missing deadlines as usual.)
Wed 29th May 2019
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There is almost always a vase of peonies in the hall in the summer - a cheery hello to all comers. This week’s bunch have opened like huge raspberry meringues. Blousy but delicate, like a pink silk ball gown. I felt the urge to share them. Thank you to everyone for your kind and generous messages about Toast, the play, the book and for your heartwarming words about GreenFeast. I’m at my desk for the entire weekend, finishing GF volume two.
Sat 25th May 2019
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Signed copies of Toast being packed up and on their way to The Other Palace Theatre. Looking at this cheeky little seven year old on the cover, wondering what he would say if he knew that one day the story of his childhood would be told on stage in London. I remember the moment this shot was taken, on holiday in Bournemouth with Mum and Dad. (That sweet, carefree little kid secretly tearing a paper napkin to shreds under the table, had no idea that his mother was terminally ill and his life was about to take an extraordinary turn.) A thousand Thank yous to everyone who has been to see Toast @theotherpalace and sent such heartwarming messages about the play, the cast and how much they have enjoyed it. If you haven’t seen Toast yet and would like to, that little golden haired boy would like to mention that we finish in early August to go on tour, so you might like get a ticket as soon as possible. The cast and crew are looking forward to seeing you. Details are linked in the biog.
Thu 23rd May 2019
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On reflection, I think this is one of my favourite ever Chelsea Flower Shows. I love the relaxed planting, the inclusion of small trees and wild flowers, the proliferation of cow parsley and hedgerow flowers and the quietly pleasing colour schemes. Informality and and a sense of calm was present throughout and I love the fact that so many of the gardens go on to a second life at hospices and charities. (The Pennard Plants stand, always a joy, had a splendid pumpkin plant and gave me shed envy.) Thank you #rhschelsea2019 for a wonderful day.
Tue 21st May 2019
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A special moment. A brief chat about the joys of eating with the seasons with HRH Prince of Wales at this year’s Fortnum and Mason Awards. Huge congratulations to HRH and @nadiyajhussain who were both recipients of awards from @fortnums. One of those wonderful events where I got to chat with Mary Berry and Stanley Tucci and reminisced with Celia Imrie over playing my aunt Elvie in Eating for England. Thank you @Fortnums and @ewanventers for the invitation. Picture courtesy @clarencehouse
Tue 21st May 2019
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Home to Mme Leonie Viennot climbing the kitchen walls with an old white jasmine. She always comes out in time for #rhschelsea
Mon 20th May 2019
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The High Maintenance Garden for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at #rhschelsea2019 As someone who is not usually fond of red in the garden I must say that climbing rose against the dark wood of the garage caught my eye as much as that gorgeous car.
Mon 20th May 2019
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In complete contrast to the ethereal wild ‘cow parsley and buttercup’ planting of the show gardens is this awesome display of bonsai in the Great Pavilion. Several of the trees on the Derbyshire Bonsai display are over a hundred years old. #rhschelsea2019
Mon 20th May 2019
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Somewhat inevitably, Mr Ishihara’s Green Switch is my favourite of the Artisan Gardens. This year his moss balls, flowing water, dark purple irises and rocks are accompanied by a glass walled tea room with a sedum roof, a classic motor bike and a Beatles soundtrack. His gardens never fail to delight and enthral me. Thank you Mr Ishihara. #rhschelsea2019
Mon 20th May 2019
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Most of the main show gardens this year are extraordinarily tranquil and calming. Whatever the planting, there is an over-riding coolness and clever use of shade throughout the show. This is a detail of the Wedgwood Garden by Jo Thompson. #rhschelsea2019
Mon 20th May 2019
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Gabriel Oak, one of two new roses by @david_austin_roses. Truly the most fragrant rose I’ve come across for ages. Determined to find a place for her at home. #rhschelsea2019
Mon 20th May 2019
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