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@nigelslater
A dark and sticky loaf for cheese. Essentially a malt loaf, but with golden sultanas, pumpkin and sesame seeds, we ate it in thick slices with blue cheese, though almost any would work. (You could simply butter it if you preferred.) Somewhere between cake and fruit loaf it kept well, wrapped in foil, for several days. Details are in @obsfood on Sunday and soon on theguardian.com and nigelslater.com in recipes, winter baking.
Sat 19th January 2019
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I spent one of those peaceful, delightfully uneventful afternoons that follow Christmas, in the kitchen, quietly baking and listening to the radio. (Grace Dent’s extraordinary, addictive Radio 4 series, The Untold). First it was a batch of cookies with dark chocolate, rose and marzipan and then a cake with little shards of chocolate, hazelnuts and dried apricots. The recipes are in this Sunday’s @obsmagazine and, later, will be on both theguardian.com and nigelslater.com. (Oh, and there are several episodes of @gracedent The Untold on BBC iplayer.)
Sat 12th January 2019
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Happy New Year! Wishing you peace, good health and happiness throughout the coming year.
Mon 31st December 2018
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Of all the parcels you could find under the tree at Christmas, a proof copy of your favourite author’s new book is as good at it gets. The arrival of Robert Macfarlane’s Underland has made my Christmas. Mr Macfarlane takes me places I would normally fear to go - up mountains, occasionally into deep water and in his new book, far, far underground. (Full disclosure, my vertigo is so acute I can barely use an escalator; nothing on this earth will ever get me down a pot hole.) Work has pretty much gone out of the window these last few days, the television has remained resolutely switched off. I have spent every possible moment sitting by the fire with this man’s luminous, entrancing words. This is just the best Christmas ever. (Underland is published in May by Hamish Hamilton.)
Thu 27th December 2018
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Happy Christmas!
Mon 24th December 2018
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A new, coarse textured crispbread, seriously crunchy and choc-a-bloc with sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and oats. Easy to make, it keeps brilliantly in an airtight box. Here, with a beetroot and smoked mackerel paté for Christmas but good for cheese too. Details are in tomorrow’s @obsmagazine and soon on theguardian.com and at nigelslater.com in the recipe section under winter baking. ✨🙏 Thank you once again for all your kind get well messages. A bit shaken up, but just cuts and bruises really, oh, and a black eye. Your kind messages mean so much and have made me feel so much better, thank you. 🙏✨
Sat 22nd December 2018
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The garden sleeps. The great thing about this time of year is being able to see the garden’s bones. Without its ‘plumage’ you can see the opportunities that exist, spaces to fill, plants that need moving or pruning and it allows us to take stock. I love the fact that underground all is quietly happening, bulbs sprouting and next year’s growth already coming to life. 🍂🌱
Fri 21st December 2018
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Baked aubergines with rosemary and hazelnuts. I love the contrast of the silky, olive oily aubergine flesh and the crunchy toasted hazelnuts. The dish will be on our table this Christmas. Details are in today’s @obsmagazine and the guardian.com
Sun 16th December 2018
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✨✨The Russian edition of The Christmas Chronicles arrived today. A beautiful sister for the German and Dutch editions. For those who have asking, there are now signed copies of the original, English version in many branches of @waterstones and there is a new chapter of the Christmas Chronicles podcast due out today, Thursday, on Spotify and iTunes. Thanks to everyone who had been following it. And thank you once again to everyone who has been asking how I’m getting on. I’m ok, mostly staying quietly at home writing and cooking for new projects for next year. 🙏✨✨
Thu 13th December 2018
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Whenever a chicken, duck or partridge is roasted in this house, I make a broth from its bones. Light and clear, it provides a frugal dinner for another day. Today, a broth made from a roast pigeon, with pink cauliflower and mushrooms. A humble supper for eating under a grey December sky. Details in my column in the Observer. @obsmagazine
Sun 9th December 2018
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I have been getting the Christmas decorations down from the attic this week in preparation for the arrival of the tree. As I carefully unwrap each from its tissue paper, I am reminded of where they came from and for how long I have had them. Some of my favourites were picked up at the Christmas markets in Stockholm, Cologne, Nuremberg and Vienna I visited whilst writing the Christmas Chronicles. I suddenly remembered this shot, taken on my phone at dusk, at a stall at one Vienna’s sparkling Christmas markets, a version of which ended up in the book. #regram
Thu 6th December 2018
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Late autumn afternoon and I have moved the most tender potted pelargoniums and ferns onto the table in the little basement courtyard. The vent from the Aga in the back kitchen allows enough warm air out into the space to protect many plants throughout the winter. The tree ferns are here too and the most tender of the pot plants.
Sat 24th November 2018
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One of my favourites from this month’s OFM, roast pumpkin with rosemary, thyme and a soft lemony hummus. I found the leftovers from photography a jolly useful thing to have in the fridge too. The details will soon be up on the Guardian website and on nigelslater.com.
Mon 19th November 2018
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The endpapers of Culinair Winterdagboek, the Dutch edition of Christmas Chronicles, which is published next week. Fontaine Uitgevers, my Dutch publishers for many years, have taken one of my iPhone photographs from the book, shot on my garden table, and used a version of it for the book’s endpapers. It came as a surprise to see the image used in this way and I couldn’t be more delighted. I should also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sent such heartwarming messages over the last few days. I’m now out of pain and well on the way to recovery after surgery. I’m back in a good place again, helped in no small measure by your kind words. Thank you.
Sat 17th November 2018
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Garden table, November 13th. I turned my back for a couple of weeks and the garden has turned from green to gold. I’m a bit shaky on my feet at the moment after a bit of surgery, but I managed to get outside again today and just stood there, breathing in the golden, bosky autumn air and making plans for next year. On the list: foxgloves, hellebores, snowdrops and alchemilla mollis. Thank you to everyone for such kind and heartwarming messages. They mean so much 🧡
Tue 13th November 2018
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My kitchen, autumn evening, 2009. I sometimes thought the building work would never end.
Sat 20th October 2018
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Writing at the kitchen table, early evening. (My first chance to write today.) I spend much of my time here. I like the cosy, basement space with its low ceilings and stone floor. We also eat here on days when it’s too cold to eat outside, facing the window, looking out into the little courtyard with its rickety table, ferns and tangle of climbing jasmine.
Sat 20th October 2018
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Cercis Forest Pansy, positioned to allow the evening sun to backlight its leaves, glows against the black-greens of the yew hedges. The idea, like so many in this garden, originally from the wonderful Dan Pearson @coyotewillow
Fri 19th October 2018
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The little kitchen roof, for years a grey and empty space, in its autumn plumage. Early days, but better than it was.
Mon 15th October 2018
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Soft, warm drop-scones, flecked with cheese and parsley, fresh from their little cast iron pan. We ate them with pumpkin and rosemary hash on a Sunday morning. Details in my column in this Sunday’s @obsmagazine
Fri 12th October 2018
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