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@nigelslater
✨✨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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Forest, reflected in a lake. Lapland. One of those teasing views spied from a moving train when you want to stop, climb out and explore. I always think, “another time”, knowing full well it will never happen.
Mon 8th October 2018
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Autumn in Oulu, Suomi. A quiet place in which to write, completing a book that is already late. My twice daily walks take me past the market hall with its smoked fish, lingonberries and wild mushrooms towards the harbour and the wooden buildings of Pikisaari.
Sun 7th October 2018
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Sea buckthorn. Helsinki market. Tart as a red currant and, along with the lingonberries and cloudberries one the reasons to come to Finland in the autumn. They don’t travel well, and are tricky to get off the branch without squashing so if they come home at all it will be as jam, of which is plenty in the market. I ate them at Ora with roast pumpkin. Their vitamin C content, by the way, is off the scale.
Sat 6th October 2018
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Silver birches. A freckling of snow. Finland.
Fri 5th October 2018
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Dinner at Ora in Helsinki. Always inspiring, thoughtful, sincere. A team buzzing with ideas. Some of the extraordinary details: salmon skin fried into puffy wafers served with raw beef and preserved ramsons; citrusy tagete leaves and their flowers with slow-cooked carrots and a carrot juice caramel; an ice cream of sunflowers, toffee made from its seeds and a crisp sunflower leaf. There was cheese from a farmer with just two cows (mum and daughter) with lingonberries and pickled whitecurrants. My roast pumpkin with sea buckthorn berries came with a crispbread made from its fibres and juice. Nothing is wasted here. (The sauce for the kohlrabi with cheese and kale had a sauce made the kale stems.) This is quietly confident, dazzling cooking and I love it. Thank you to @sasulaukkonen and everyone at Ora for another awesome evening.
Thu 4th October 2018
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A sweet-sharp blueberry and juniper dressing for sandwiches. We ate the deeply fruity accompaniment with soft brioche style baps piled with watercress, thin slices of rare roast beef and home-made pickled red onions. It was just as good the next day with a lump of Gorwydd Caerphilly and slices of chewy @lbpedlar white sourdough. The remains of the batch ended up as a dip for sausages. Details and recipe in today’s @obsmagazine
Sun 30th September 2018
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I like my apples ice cold and crisp. They live in the fridge but if I need to chill them quickly I put them in a bowl of water and ice cubes. The skin tightens and the flesh crisps up. These Discovery apples, bought as darkness falls on a damp autumn evening are heading home with me.
Thu 20th September 2018
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I decided, almost at the last minute, to slip some purple figs into the juices of a pot roast of duck. The crunchy seeds were pleasing against the soft flesh of the duck. The recipe is part of celebration of autumnal ingredients in Sunday’s Observer Food Monthly. I have also penned a piece about my favourite cookbook of all time. The book that been in my kitchen since the day it arrived twenty years ago. @obsfood
Fri 14th September 2018
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