"There are very few certain pleasures in life, but this is surely one of them" - Nigella Lawson
I don't know why, but somehow I feel a little embarrassed to reveal my love for Nigella. Like many of her competitors, it seems sort of unfashionable or naive to express any real delight towards her. Yet everyone seems to own a copy of Domestic Goddess, and everyone knows about her suspiciously young and mismatched set of friends who turn up for her dinner parties. Is everyone simply hiding an obsession with Nigella, behind kitchen cupboard doors, enjoyed only during times when Daniel is away at badminton practise?
Anyway, whether we try and hide our love for her or not, there are certain things about Nigella that I think most of us can agree on.
After a day spent frantically reaching for tissues and trying to sooth a scratchy and painful cough, I have spent the evening tucked up in my PJs, on the couch with a huge bowl of rice and peas (I ate Daniel's too...oops...feed a cold, feed a cold!) watching Nigella ooze that delightful thing that she oozes over Irish wheat rolls, chocolate salt bars and squid ink risotto. The whole thirty minutes I was trying to work out what it is that makes her so wonderful, what it is that excuses her fake friends and her overly perfect house (oh my, her library!). Of course, she's sexy - Daniel was hesitating at the door as he left for badminton, and that black dressing gown is really quite something - but I don't think that's it. Plenty of people are sexy, and squid ink risotto or no squid ink risotto, that doesn't make me watch them on TV (or iPlayer - we don't have TV, for the record, TV Liscensing UK). The thing is, that Nigella knows very well that she's sexy, she plays with it, she enjoys it, she's not ashamed to be completely gorgeous all over the TV screen, and from that begins my love for Nigella. How often do we see women on TV who really, truly love themselves? Nigella quite obviously doesn't care to waste her time toning her stomach or frequenting the gym; but why would she need to?
Even in the most generous sense of the term, I am by no means 'curvy'; I don't need to see curvy women in the media to feel ok with myself (a few more stumpy women with pot bellies, please!), but I love to see Nigella flaunt her wonderfully feminine figure on our TV screens, especially as she talks about how much she loves food, cooking it, eating it and over-indulging in it.
Because have you noticed that food is becoming really really popular all of a sudden? Everyone is cooking and baking, women no longer have to turn up their noses at the idea of cooking an amazing meal to feel liberated, and baking cupcakes or kneading dough is suddenly the best way to spend an evening or weekend! Awesome! And Nigella helps in this celebration of being female, cooking, eating AND being sexy without any of the painful kitsch of Cath Kidston (sorry, my own opinion only, too painfully girly for me!). Hurrah for black silk dressing gowns and Irish wheat rolls!