Nigella Lawson divides Cook Eat Repeat viewers with ‘gross’ ingredient ‘Looked in horror’

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Nigella Lawson, 59, shared that she likes to add banana skins for texture when making a warming winter curry on her latest programme Eat, Cook, Repeat. After baking a chocolate banana dessert in last night’s instalment, the TV chef saved the fruit’s skins ready to create an interesting spin on a classic Indian dish, which left viewers divided.

Not visually appealing

Nigella Lawson

Nigella said on the programme: “I discovered that you can eat banana skins, now I admit, not totally visually appealing, but there’s something always so gratifying about using up every last scrap.

“All I do to get the banana skins ready for cooking is cover them in boiling water, add a bit of turmeric, a bit of salt and leave them to cool. 

“These just go so velvety and swell, and soften with the flavour of the curry sauce,” she added.

However, some fans at home were unsure of the recipe, claiming it was like something from an I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Bushtucker Trial.

One typed: “Sorry but once I saw her mashing the banana to make it, that finished me off.”

A second responded: “Excellent programme and presentation. Loved it . As for the banana skins….. bushtucker trial may have to wait.”

A third commented: “Hi Nigella loved the new show for us it’s the first steps to the build up to Christmas although I thought banana skins were poisonous?”(sic)

A fourth said: “Only Nigella could possibly make Banana Skins look tasty. I looked in horror at first but by the end I felt like racing into the kitchen and giving it a go.”

Another wrote: “Yes the banana skins looked gross… and I am not tempted to try them as I can’t stand aubergine either.. but I love the programme.”

Nigella aware of the scepticism over the dish, responded to the tweets by reassuring fans the ingredient would make the dish “divine”.

She typed: “Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments. I will reply to as many as possible tomorrow. 

“For now… let me just say 1) I hope I didn’t traumatise you too much with the banana skins (I promise you the curry is divine) and 2) I’m very grateful for your all-round gorgeousness xx.”

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The TV chef recently admitted she struggles to understand what “balance” is, as she often films her programme all day for seven weeks, leaving little time for anything else.

The chef divulged that the process of creating her much loved cookery programmes is “very draining” as she is often on her feet all day.

Nigella explained: “I don’t know what this famed balance is! I love what I do, but everything [i.e. filming/ work] is interspersed with bits of solitude, so maybe that is my balance. 

“The harder part is the filming. It’s physically very draining standing up all day for seven weeks or so, and there isn’t really room for anything else during that time.

“It’s a bit frightening and I always think, ‘I don’t know if I can do this again’, but then I start and I get excited again,” she added to the December issue of Good Housekeeping.

The chef turned 60 this year and said she never takes it for “granted” that she is still alive.

Her latest book Cook, Eat, Repeat was written during the recent lockdown and features lengthy essays on food and the pleasurable things in life.

Now she is filming recipes from the book alongside her “work family”, whom she has been in production with since the early 2000s. 

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