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The Batali Inquisition: Nigella Lawson

The Food writer, Author, Gourmet and all-around beautiful human aces the inquisition

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Drinking tea in her trailer during season 3 of “The Taste” LA 9/25/14

 

When is your favorite time of day?

Early evening on a night I’m not going out – to be celebrated with a cup of tea or a vodka martini (straight up with a twist).┬áDepending on my fancy, a good book and with some kitchen pottering and a delicious dinner on the horizon.

 

Where do you sleep best?

On any mattress from the UK Soho House stable. Room must be cool and without a chink of light, and no alarm call set for the morning.

 

What is the best way to recharge your batteries?

A workout (nothing too cardio-crazy) followed by a day in bed. Failing that, an evening around a food-loaded table with close friends.

 

Where is your energy most successfully applied?

I’m best firing on all cylinders, which means I’m at my most productive when trouble-shooting and whirling like a dervish.

 

Where do you waste the most energy?

Worrying. But I’m trying to cure myself of that one.

 

When are you most depleted?

When I’m hungry, or rather hangry: going without food (never intentional) sends me into an epic slump.

 

What is the last thing you ate?

A molasses-rich sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream.

 

When are you hungry?

When aren’t I?

 

What was the last thing you cooked?

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino.

 

If you were a food, what would you be?

A white truffle, even if only for the pleasure of autosarcophargy!

 

Describe the perfect meal, what and where?

Ok: I’m at Iceberg’s in Sydney, at Bondi, starting with moreton bay bugs aka slipper lobster, with a flinty white wine so cold it hurts, and moving onto the richest, tenderest wagyu, with velvety, soupy red wine, more or less at blood temp, looking out at the ocean and hearing the rhythmical slap of the waves against the pool inlaid into the rocks.

 

What is your favorite Olympic event?

That’s a hard one for me, but I am partial to a bit of ski-jumping – as a spectator, not a participant, you understand!

 

What was the last live performance you saw?

Dita Von Teese: a living work of art.

 

With which artist of all time do you most identify?

Alas, none

 

Who is your favorite literary character?

David Copperfield: his (Dickens’?) voice is the truest in all literature, as far as I’m concerned. Not for nothing was David Copperfield Freud’s favourite novel, I feel.

 

What is your favorite method of travel?

None. I loathe transitional states. But a long-haul flight if it’s work and someone’s paying for me to fly first class is a wonderful way of going into cosy, cocooned and utterly spoilt suspended animation.

 

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I find it hard to wrench myself away from Italy and, truth be told, don’t make much of an effort to.

 

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

I can’t truly imagine living anywhere other than London, but if money were no object, I wouldn’t say no to a secluded beach-house on the West Coast (for winter) and one in Italy (Porto Santo Stefano, I think) for the summer. I’m modest in my requirements, as you can see, so I don’t need an apartment in New York; but a customized hotel suite would be nice!

 

What food do you want served at your funeral?

Fried chicken, proper nonna lasagne, pizza from Mozza, arancini, lemon polenta cake, zabaglione, and gorgonzola piccante with muscat grapes.

 

What is your favorite luxury?

Very expensive bedding

 

BONUS QUESTION:

What is the best single thing you’ve had to drink in 2014 and where was it?

An Antinori 2010 Tignanello (with some fresh goat’s cheese crostini) shaded from the Tuscan sun by an eons-old tree with a grey, whorled trunk like a Munch painting, only with none of the despair that suggests!

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