Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nigella Has the Magic Words but Jamie Oliver Is More Satisfying

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nigella Has the Magic Words but Jamie Oliver Is More Satisfying

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I THINK Jamie Oliver has been spending time in the company of Nigella. He's become super articulate.

Sure, Jamie's cockney accent is as discordant as ever. He still says Cyain't' instead of Cyis not' and Cygunna' instead of Cygoing to' and he still drops the end off many of his words (you ain't seen nothin' yet me darlins') but my, how his word power and articulation has increased. Pay attention and you'll see.

C[pounds sterling]I'm just gunna bung this in the old oven,C[yen] Jamie will say, but he will also whisper, C[pounds sterling]look at the lovely blush thereC[yen], as he slices a piece of rare steak. A lovely blush? That's Nigella-speak.

For me part of the attraction of watching Nigella cook is listening to her gorgeous upper-crust accent as she puts together beautiful words and evocative similes. (And I have to confess to you, dear readers, that a big part of my Nigella-viewing enjoyment is in observing the devious camera angles and cunning fade-out ploys that never ever show a full body shot of her).

(That woman has more curves than the Great Ocean Road.)

Nigella's intimate discourse as she whips up a batch of hollandaise Co describing it as unctuous, voluptuous, silky Co makes for compelling viewing, almost as compelling as trying to get a glimpse of her abundant behind when she bends over to get something out of the oven. (Annoying camera always fades to blurry.)

Just the other night Nigella referred to spaghettini as looking like Cyscorched straw'. That's good, no?

Then she talked about sizzling chorizo being Cylike fire in a pan'. It conjures up a vivid picture, agree?

Next dried apricots were called Cygolden orbs' and then, the doozy of them all, innocent cherry tomatoes were referred to (this is not a direct quote, it wasn't easy keeping up with all the delectable similes) as Cythe strappy high-heels of tomatoes'. …

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