The home-cooking queen on why her homespun approach to food wouldn't work with Mary

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Hands up who would say no to a slice of Nigella Lawson's Nutella cake? How about her orange-scented brioche pudding? Yep, we'd be biting her flour-covered arm off, too.

If you have a perfectly normal, balanced diet, nothing terrible is going to happen to you if you have a slice of cake on a Saturday night
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But on her baking skills, the home-cooking doyenne is not so confident. 

 

"I wouldn’t get on Bake Off, it’s too complicated," she revealed in the latest issue of the Radio Times.

 

"I like baking in a homespun kind of way – if I make cookies, I don’t expect them all to look the same," she added. “I’m not being modest … I’m a home cook. But food is a very emotional subject, and people respond deeply." 

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And would she would ever don the crusader's cape, à la Jamie Oliver? 

 

“I’m a pretty shambolic person. I don’t have the qualifications to say to people, 'You can’t eat that, you can’t eat this,'" she said. "I’m not in a position to preach anything to anyone else … there’s this feeling that we can guarantee our immortality, if only we ate correctly – I don’t really think that’s possible, but clearly eating packaged food constantly is not going to be good for you.”

 

Her concluding thoughts?

 

“If you have a perfectly normal, balanced diet, nothing terrible is going to happen to you if you have a slice of cake on a Saturday night.”

 

Hear hear. 

 

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