There is no doubt that domestic goddess Nigella Lawson is one of Britain's most popular television celebrity chefs. Personally, I have made a number of culinary choices under her influence.
Nigella Lawson slaving in her kitchen
I study her cookery programmes avidly, and have picked up a number of tips. I visited my favourite kitchen hardware shop (Dolings in Barrow-in-Furness) and asked for "one of those things that Nigella uses in her TV show". The kind manageress immediately found what I was looking for: it's called a mezzaluna .
Nigella shows off her... errm, her mezzaluna
Then a friend told me that in order for it to work properly, I needed a special mezzaluna board. This is like a normal chopping board, but has the centre chiselled out to make a depression corresponding to the radius of the mezzaluna. I searched in Amazon and was delighted to find that Nigella has created her very own board which I immediately bought, and it was delivered today.
My very own mezzaluna and mezzaluna board
direct from Nigella's kitchen (it says so on the box).
Now I shall cook like Nigella.
Nigella Lawson pours herself a drink...
...before taking a well-earned break
after slaving over a hot stove all day
(Pictures of Nigella Lawson in this post are from the internet)
There is a demonstration (not by Nigella)
of how to use a mezzaluna in the clip below