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Nigella Lawson's entertaining essentials

Nigella Lawson's entertaining essentials

Nigella Lawson's entertaining essentials Author: Style At Home

Entertaining

Nigella Lawson's entertaining essentials

nigella-entertainingtips.jpgNigella's favourite entertaining essentials 
1 An arrangement of these lovely nigella flowers -- of course! -- is the author's go-to for the table.

2 It's DIY at Nigella's house; she doesn't lay the table but drops cutlery into an old tomato tin and lets guests help themselves.

3 Cocktails anyone? Nigella loves to serve fizzy wine and lime juice in a pitcher.

4 Still or sparkling? Nigella likes her water on the quiet side, but offers both kinds to guests. 

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1 Do you remember a time when a dinner party or a recipe went awry?

NL Many times! Yes, I've put a chicken in the oven and then found my oven was broken and, in fact, I had raw chicken and had to make a quick big thing of spaghetti.

I've also had exploding ovens and burnt entreĢes. And the worst thing, which is when people walk in and they say they don't eat meat, and I've just made meat. I think you should just call in for a pizza instead of crying at the table because everything's gone wrong. I mean, generally speaking, I think that most errors in the kitchen can be righted. The thing is not to let yourself get flustered, because then your guests get flustered. nigella-entertainingtips-water.jpg
2 What about favourite serving pieces?

NL I've got some glasses that my grandparents bought on their honeymoon in Venice. I don't have a full set anymore, but I've got enough to do a dessert in them. I like to mix and match - I don't want the table to look themed, so I don't overwhelm it with one thing. I have some pieces from Mud Australia. They're very beautiful - I made the mistake of going into the shop in Melbourne and it was the most expensive mistake of my life! Then, of course, I'm an eBay addict, so I often get really nice little pieces online.

For cooking, I'm very, very fond of my Le Creuset shallow casserole. I can make a risotto in it, even though you probably wouldn't in Italy. Or I can fry chicken in it or do a baked pasta - I tend to use it for lots of things. nigella-entertainingtips-portrai.jpg
3 Can you cook in heels?
NL
Yes I can, but I don't generally. In fact when I have people for supper I'm generally in a long dress and barefoot, because I want to feel comfortable. Plus, I hate the sound! I've got wooden floors and I get fed up with the noise I'm making when I wear heels. If I was to wear heels it would look like I was dressing up, and then my guests would wonder if they're under-dressed, and that's never a good feeling. So if I'm in a long casual dress my guests don't feel over-dressed, and people who are just wearing jeans don't feel under-dressed.

However, if I've gone out and I haven't eaten enough - and I'm really bad sometimes - I'll get back and make myself a bacon sandwich while in my high heels. And all I will say is how I don't burn things down, I don't know.

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Nigella Lawson's entertaining essentials