It's a large oak table with plenty of space for Nigel to keep his stationary, as well as two Japanese style lamps and similarly minimal plants in glass pots. “These are really things of great joy for me,” said Nigel. By registering to HELLO! You can make the same recipes over and over again and it's different every time. Nigel Slater is a British writer that specializes in writing about food. So, I get precious about this. MORE: Stacey Dooley films inside jaw-dropping new home, Nigel keeps a collection of plates in a scullery. 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Nigel lives in Highbury in North London, and his home is a work of art. It's so odd that's how they are because I think of them as being completely different.”. There's also a single desk and a Tudor painting on the wall. 371.8k Followers, 395 Following, 1,077 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Nigel Slater (@nigelslater) Not saved just for photoshoots or “for best,” but enjoyed. “I've got some gorgeous dark green soup bowls which I’ve given away because whatever I put in them, it just didn't work. This is mainly due to Nigel’s annual pilgrimage to Japan, during which he pops into his favorite ceramics shops to place orders (“when they say they'll ship, I'm the happiest guy alive!”) and pays visits to The Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka. “I’ve got three of them. A couple of pinecones litter the functioning hearth and the deep, off-white sofas look luxurious, but also reassuringly like a lot of friends have come over and sat on them. You can opt out at any time or find out more by reading our cookie policy. Nigel Slater demonstrates straightforward, down to earth cooking, filmed at his home. A columnist for the U.K.'s Observer since 1993, prolific London-based writer Nigel Slater has won an ardent following for simple, inspiring recipes written in droll yet sincere prose. He thinks hard for a few seconds and responds with a painterly answer. I know from talking to potters that it's the same with pots. These days he concentrates on country music for dancing and listening. Where’s home? “Sometimes I'll suddenly have something ready on the stove and my photographer will say, ‘okay, are we ready?’ and I quickly put something together and it works. I don't think there’s anything wrong in putting something in front of somebody that just feels right...something that is a pleasure to hold.”, The coffee in the Steve Harrison mug is gone. It’s hard not to. I probably am,” he says. Food is difficult on a square plate, sushi's allowed but nothing else,” he confirms, gravely. She added, "I've just found Nigel Slater's house on here, it's incredible. I certainly enjoy the feel of food in my fingers and no doubt aspire to the primitiveness of it all.” In his home, watching him upturn bowls to reveal the grainy underside, the parts of the bowl that hot soup would communicate warmth through to your palms when cradling it, confirms how multisensory his relationship with food still is – echoing the “primitiveness” he mentioned so long ago. This piece was originally published on WePresent, unexpected stories about creativity by WeTransfer. They're actually full of energy. Spread straight on to bread, baked, used in puds or scoffed in lumps, lovely versatile ricotta is a source of joy. They're often quite effervescent. In his 2005 bestseller The Kitchen Diaries, he writes: “Learning to eat with the ebb and flow of the seasons is the single thing that has made my eating more enjoyable…I worry that today it is all too easy to lose sight of food’s natural timing and, worse, to miss it when it is at its sublime best. Revealing the gentle texture of stoneware, or the shine on a glazed bowl, for example, is a tactile sensorial world as important as the qualities of the food itself.”, He mentions how, over the years, Nigel’s collection has grown, giving them both more options of what to work with. Nigel Slater begins a Middle Eastern food adventure in Lebanon, a cuisine that has travelled the globe, but whose heart remains at home. Hence my attempt at writing a book about rebuilding a cook’s relationship with nature.”, Sophie Dahl's pick of the House & Garden archive. I like to honor that work and the spirit they were made in, so, yes, I do have my cereal in a bowl I probably shouldn't…”, At the beginning of Nigel’s career in the 1980s he did a stint in styling food for photography. When Nigel Slater opens the door of his minimalist Georgian terraced house in London, he’s munching on a buttery hazelnut biscuit. In a former Instagram Story, Stacey said she had come across food writer and journalist Nigel's home on his account and that it was now her "new inspo". It should be as robust as it is durable, but also precious. He has written for various magazines, hosted TV series on foods, and written many books about food. Whether it is a vegetable peeler or a palette knife, it works for me and has become part of my life.”, He really means that. “What I love about this is the fact that it isn't a white, more of a slightly sort of eggshell blue, slightly gray. I ask. I tried over and over again. Spotted around the room are his more ornamental pieces. Nigel Slater's work-from-home lunch recipes. Nigel Slater’s ricotta recipes. Nigel said, "On a grey winter's afternoon, it is here, in a bedroom right at the top of the house, that I seem to get the most work done.". Just as all humans begin life in the womb, all ceramics – even priceless Ming vases, Moorcrofts and Clarice Cliffs – … Bonnie Robinson, By The same natural larder from which we get a lot of our vegetables. It's a piece of handiwork. Ros Byam Shaw, Much like when you see one ant on the ground, and your eyes gradually adjust to reveal hundreds more of them, I became aware of the slow materialisation of other beautiful ceramics placed carefully in Nigel’s large drawing room. “I don't know what she'd make of it really,” he shrugs, “if she could have seen into the future and seen her stuff going for ridiculous amounts of money.”, By Sophie Dahl, By We’ve always intended to evoke this sense of time and place, nearness and intimacy. Lucky Nig…" And we're right behind her. “This was accidental,” he said, standing in his now-ex laundry, gesturing to over 100 plates, bowls and vessels. Nigel Slater Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, Family Nigel Slater (born 9 April 1958) is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. It looks a bit precious.”, With a near-infinite combination of ingredients at his disposal and a laundry filled with crockery amassed over a lifetime, how on earth does he work out what goes with what? Nigel lives in Highbury in North London, where he is currently isolating during the coronavirus pandemic, and his home is a work of art. Nigel Slater transforms Christmas leftovers into meals which make the prospect of festive entertaining a treat rather than a terror, ensuring that nothing goes to waste. “What I love about it is the fact that you've got this quite smooth surface to put the food on. It is as if this is how food was meant to be eaten all along, with knives, forks and chopsticks being part of a parlour game that somehow got out of hand. Directed by Pete Lawrence. Nigel was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire on 9 April 1958. Take a tour of this site to learn all about Nigel - the musician, and the man! Do collectors just wake up one day and decide to begin collecting something? In Istanbul he samples both the food of the sultans and the home-cooked dishes of rural Turkey. But any sort of vegetable thing would look fabulous…” He’s clear to point out that he doesn’t buy pieces deliberately because he knows a certain recipe will look good placed upon it, but that it can be a little thrilling to take a piece home and experiment with pairing it up with food. Some of it is up to the will of the pot or the oven. I don't know why, I just wouldn't. It will come as no surprise to any reader familiar with the work of Nigel Slater, that the mug game in his home is very, very strong. 16 August 2020. He is enticed and excited by the human hand that makes the objects. A curious object that would have looked equally at home on the kitchen table in Bilbo Baggins’ cottage as it would in a cabinet at the Palace of Versailles. But then you've got this lovely tactile raw clay on the bottom when you hold it...” He picks up another, rougher vessel and explains it’s by Anne Mette Hjortshøj, a ceramicist he met who “works with local clay from where she is on the coast in Denmark,” and now sends her pieces directly to him via her gallery in the north of England. His long-standing interest in vessels has culminated into a now quite extraordinary collection which amassed slowly over time and – as is perhaps the case with many collector’s collections – caught Nigel slightly off guard. Now he shares his home with hundreds of ceramic objects which accompany him through his personal and professional life, and who he speaks of as warmly as if they were old friends. I have lived in Highbury in north London for half my life, so it feels more like home that the Midlands where my family is from. In his laundry, he pointed out plates and bowls that clearly displayed the maker’s mark: the swoosh of glaze that still looked freshly daubed from the bristles of the brush, or the hand-fastened joining of two pieces of clay revealing traces of the slip used to bind them together. Nigel Slater’s recipes for salmon and cream cheese tart, and nectarine pastries. I mean, there are people who think I'm precious enough as it is. “I didn't think that ceramics was my world really,” says Nigel as we descend the stairs back to the kitchen, “but it has become so important to me.” For someone who admits he has never bought a proper set of china, and who tried his hand at throwing but didn’t take to it, he’s surrounded himself with a fascinating, personal, functional set of his own. Nigel Slater Famously describing himself as ‘a cook who writes’, Nigel Slater is one of Britain’s best-loved food writers and presenters. “There's only so much that you're in control of. His mother died when Nigel was nine year… We examine them again. While Nigel Slater’s done several cooking shows for British television over the years, Simple Cooking is the third season in a series that focuses on being in the kitchen, usually inspired by his garden or a friend or a shop in London.We visited Mr. Slater’s kitchen last year, when an intrepid commenter discovered that it indeed was not his home kitchen. Follow Slater on Instagram and you’ll catch lots of tantalising glimpses of his home life – he has lived in the same Georgian house in north London for 20 years. English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. In a way, it’s as delightful as visiting a cook’s kitchen. Ricotta barely makes it as a cheese. WIN a £500 minibreak with Classic Cottages! The Rurbanist: Q&A with Nigel Slater. “It probably never occurred to them, I would imagine, that in 50 years' time it was going to be selling at Christie's. “I've got the odd rather lovely plate that has never worked, no matter what I put on it. We’re all susceptible to getting slightly obsessed with things. This site uses cookies to improve your experience and deliver personalised advertising. He has a dusky grey sofa with navy and khaki cushions and a khaki linen blind. You want to feel it. These are the ceramics, he explained as if he was confessing something naughty, that he tends to acquire through auctions, over the phone. He likes potter’s studios. He loves Japanese ceramics for “the sheer wobbliness of them and the fact that they're imperfect.” Nigel also keeps up with a handful of ceramicists on Instagram who he will order pieces from. Instagram snoop: Nigel Slater's minimalist London house We take a look around the interiors of food writer Nigel Slater's London house, inspired by Japanese minimalism and the simple elegance of Dutch design 19 Aug 2020 Homely, but fancy. Just as all humans begin life in the womb, all ceramics – even priceless Ming vases, Moorcrofts and Clarice Cliffs – begin life as hulking, grubby bags or clods of clay. Find out when Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes of Christmas is on TV, including 04/11/2020. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for over a decade and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Nigel Slater, Singer / Guitarist . With food. Born April 5, 1958 in Wolverhampton, England, he is perhaps best known for his 2004 novel Toast, a journey into his past largely remembered through the food in his pantry and his desire for home-cooked extravagant meals while his mother attempted and generally burned dinner, serving as the back-up plan toast instead. He was the youngest of three sons born to factory owner Cyril "Tony" Slater and housewife Kathleen Slater (née Galleymore). Nigel opted for a black colour palette in the bedroom, Upstairs, the same minimal aesthetic continues into the bedrooms, as seen in this top floor room featuring dark grey walls, dark wood flooring and a simple four-poster bed. He lives in Highbury, near Islington in London, England. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. That's really, really important to me. 1 talking about this. A very chatty writer, he encourages his readers to improvise in their cooking. Buying them is competitive; there’s only so much of it, and it’s incredibly in-demand. They're not, as I'd imagine, these entirely serene human beings from another world. Some very classical French recipes look perfect on the simple white plate they were meant to be on, but at other times a plate that is a particular shape or has a particular texture to it, or is maybe quite rough to the touch or has some little speckles in the glaze can just gently work very well,” he says. Nigel, who is known worldwide for his cooking and food writing, is big into ceramics, a world not unlike the culinary one he resides in. “If you think about it too hard, it doesn't work. It also feels crude: like drawing a portrait of David Hockney on a cardboard box with a biro. The one that can prompt eye-narrowing disdain for a colleague innocently using it on a Tuesday afternoon, or can trigger a pang of longing for if you realise it’s mid dishwasher-cycle when you need it. Nigel Slater's private home is a work of art - see inside hellomagazine.com - Bridie Wilkins Nigel Slater's home in London is a minimalist Scandi dream, and Stacey Dooley's show of appreciation for his interiors expertise is certainly … Most of us, whether we care to admit it or not, have a favorite mug. In fact, the steaming coffee handed to me in his kitchen was housed in a vessel so functional and well-designed that it seemed like I’d been using it my whole life. It sits within a terracotta pot that Nigel usually uses for his Christmas tree. “The photography has always been made at Nigel’s home, it picks up on the natural rhythms of his domestic space. Eaten out of pure greed after coming home with a fresh loaf and white cheese as soft as cream. His images are the perfect accompaniment to Nigel’s writing: warm, understated, and reminiscent of the feel of Sunday afternoons or the smell of seasons. It's just I quite like it to have a use,” he shrugs. 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