DELIA SMITH

There’s no one we want to please more this Christ­mas

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Magazine - - Talk Of The Town - By Lotte Jeffs

There’s one per­son in the world we wish was coming round for Christ­mas din­ner, and it’s not Ri­hanna, Kate Up­ton, Peter Ca­paldi or any of our past crushes (all of whom we have in­vited for mulled wine on the 24th — RSVP, peo­ple!). It’s Delia ‘how to boil an egg’ Smith, of course. If the 71-year-old culi­nary icon

Her ex­act­ing man­ner, per­ma­nently pursed lips and clipped way with a com­pli­ment gets us all aflut­ter

fan­cies pop­ping over a bit early to help us with our cran­berry and onion con­fit, she’ll be more than wel­come. But ac­tu­ally, what would really make our yule­tide gay is if she sat be­tween our sullen pre­pubescent cousins and chummy drunken un­cle, and gave us pos­i­tive feed­back on our at­tempts to recre­ate dishes from that 2009 clas­sic Delia’s Happy Christ­mas. Her ex­act­ing man­ner, per­ma­nently pursed lips and clipped way with a com­pli­ment gets us all aflut­ter. Ever since her no-non­sense How To Cook TV se­ries we’ve wanted noth­ing more than to im­press the foodie foot­ball fa­natic with our pre­cise tim­ing and mea­sur­ing skills. Yes, our ea­ger­ness to please the orig­i­nal celebrity cook (she hates to be called a chef) is bor­der­line Fifty Shades of Glaze, but if we’re glut­tons for pun­ish­ment in the kitchen, we’ve got Delia to thank.

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