The cook, whose book Cook, Eat, Repeat was released last week, makes it clear - crisps and cocktail sausages are in, fussy eaters are out.
“Much as I love Christmas, there is a tradition I find really exhausting and that’s the canapé one. I think canapés are so much work for what they do," she said.
“For me, it really has to be a cocktail sausage. What else do you need? If you want to make the cocktail sausages a bit more special, I do them these days with black treacle. For those who are not meat eaters, you’d be surprised how completely addictive parsnips cooked in harissa are.
“Don’t go any further, it’s exhausting. I really don’t think you need to do any more than that. Actually, everyone loves crisps anyway. You could just do those.”
How does she deal with hard to please eaters during the festive season?
“I don’t - I ignore fussy eaters at Christmas. Obviously if you’ve got them staying with you for two weeks, then you’ve got to take them into account, but if they just come for Christmas dinner, they’re not going to starve if they don’t eat everything that’s on their plate.
“There’s a lot to do over Christmas, and I think it’s a bit rude of people to start saying ‘I can’t eat that’ or ‘I won’t eat that’ because there’s always enough out there to keep you going to the next meal.
In an interview in the December issue of Good Housekeeping, filmed before the impending Lockdown rules in England which come into effect later this week, Nigella opened up about her plans for the festive season - and how her Christmas day is going to look for her among the current uncertainty.
"[I’ll be] with my children, a lot of cooking, a lot of eating and lots of lying about," she said. "I love watching films with them and I enjoy not having things in the timetable. I'm also a bit clichéd and like having the fire burning and lots of tealights and fairy lights. It's about turning my home into this cocooning, magical place where it feels a bit different from the rest of the year."
Read the full interview in the December issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
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