Nigella Lawson has revealed her four lessons for an easier life, including the rule that stops her 'driving herself frantic' at mealtimes.
In her final column for The Sunday Times Style, the TV chef, cookbook author and former Red cover star shared the pearls of wisdom she always tells friends – from using dry shampoo in the evening and sleeping on it, to saying no more often.
She writes: "Lord knows I do love a life lesson... After all, the art of getting through relies on smoothing a path through the everyday rather more than finding a solution to profound philosophical problems."
And when it comes to serving up dinner without the stress, she has one rule that instantly makes mealtimes easier: "not everything has to be piping hot".
"You really don't have to hare about the kitchen trying to make sure everything is going to be ready at the same time. It's impossible," she writes. "Anyway, the Italians eat much of their food at an agreeable warm-ish room temperature, and it's all the better for it."
This tip is particularly helpful when serving up Sunday lunch, "which can easily feel like an oven management scheduling nightmare", Nigella writes.
"All you have to do is make sure the gravy is hot and the plates are warm (which, frankly, means no more than than leaving them in a washing-up bowl filled with water for 10 minutes."
When it comes to the most important life advice Nigella could ever give, it's pretty simple: "Do it now...This holds as true for taking up that pile of laundry at the bottom of the stairs as it does embarking on some thrilling new adventure."
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