Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Belinda Cipri­ano

WHEN you are in­spired to bake choco­late cake and make sausage rolls at 10pm on a week­night, you know you are un­der the spell of Nigella Law­son.

Law­son cast a spell on the thou­sands at­tend­ing her events around the coun­try last month.

She was in Aus­tralia to pro­mote her lat­est book, Sim­ply Nigella, and also talked about her love of Aus­tralian cui­sine and stint on this year’s MasterChef se­ries.

Law­son will ap­pear on the show as a guest judge as part of ‘Nigella Week’, judg­ing in­ven­tion tests and men­tor­ing con­tes­tants.

The 56-year-old said she was en­joy­ing her time in Aus­tralia sam­pling an ar­ray of cuisines and wine.

“In Aus­tralia, you are blessed with the cui­sine of so many cul­tures,” she said.

“In a way that seems very re­laxed; th­ese var­i­ous cuisines and cul­tures have be­come fused to be­come a per­sonal and to­tally unique cui­sine.

“There is more to Aus­tralian food. It does have Greek in­flu­ences, Ital­ian in­flu­ences, it’s got Asian in­flu­ences and some­how this creates a sort of cook­ing that is alive and vi­brant.”

Law­son is a for­mer jour­nal­ist and said it was her love of lan­guage that ac­ci­den­tally got her into a ca­reer in food.

“I was a fea­ture writer and thought my first book was a one-off,” she said.

“I had to learn to do things like bak­ing and make pas­try.

“It wasn’t meant to be a ca­reer shift but I sup­pose th­ese things hap­pen.

“When op­por­tu­ni­ties arise, in­stinc­tively one knows whether that feels right or not and I think it is so im­por­tant to trust your in­stinct.”

Law­son said any­one could cook and it was just a mat­ter of be­ing in­ter­ested.

“I cook in the sense that I cook a lot, but when I started I felt that cook­ing had been dom­i­nated by pro­fes­sional chefs; not to say I don’t re­spect chefs enor­mously or ad­mire their tal­ent and skill,” she said.

“How­ever, if you needed a qual­i­fi­ca­tion to cook, then hu­man be­ings would have fallen out of the evo­lu­tion­ary loop a long time ago.

“Those of us who like cook­ing, it gives us plea­sure, strength, com­fort and a feel­ing of be­ing cre­ative but I do not think a per­son who can­not cook is in­fe­rior.”

Nigella Law­son says peo­ple should trust their in­stincts.

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