Happy Birthday, Nigella!
The wonder that is Nigella Lawson came to me through an article in the now-defunct Gourmet. The author seemed more than a little smitten with her, and who could blame him? Those eyes, that hair, not to mention her out of fashion figure that was a throwback, a prototype for Joan Holloway Harris on Mad Men. This was before she became a television sensation across the pond, before all the cookbooks save two, before she became known as the Queen of Food Porn.
No matter: Nigella Lawson is a fascinating, gorgeous creature. She’s a home cook who’s a little messy, who thinks you should have a little fun and a little drink in the kitchen. She’s more concerned with making her guests feel welcome than with getting everything right. That’s what I most admire about her: I want to emulate her ‘domestic goddess’ in order to entice everyone to have a good time.
Hers is the banana bread I make for my husband, and the Pavlova that everyone exclaims over, never suspecting how easy it is. More important, hers is the spirit I try to invoke when I entertain: generous, fun-loving, and relaxed. I don’t always succeed (especially the day before!), but I reach for the star that is Nigella.
So I break my “none of this wine nonsense” rule for Nigella, and raise a glass of Barolo to her! Happy Birthday, my dear domestic goddess!