Nigella Lawson’s food has always had a reputation for being indulgent but, if you’ll forgive the pun, her new crop of recipes really take the cake.
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The popular celebrity cook appears to have shunned calorie guidelines and dietary advice in her new BBC2 cookery show Nigellissima, advocating only the fullest of fat ingredients in many of her puddings. The ingredients list may be considered especially hypocritical as Nigella has recently admitted to following a strict exercise plan to drop two dress sizes and has been showing off a svelte new figure in publicity shots for the show.
The popular TV personality, mum of two and wife of advertising magnate Charles Saatchi, has accepted that her weight goes up and down but insists she never cuts out food, preferring instead to ditch the wine and stick to yoga and Pilates.
Desserts seen on the show include a chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake, which contains more than 7,000 calories. And combining two popular, and very high calorie puddings, is Nigella’s ice cream brioche, at 2,144 calories.
The cheesecake, which does look delicious, contains 75g of butter, 500g of cream cheese and 400g of Nutella.
But Sylvia Turner, of the British Dietetic Association, had a more down to earth attitude towards the recipes, stressing that they were to be enjoyed on special occasions and that obviously no one would devour the entire 7,000 calorie cake on their own.
“Let’s be realistic here,” Turner said. “How many of us would cook these sorts of recipes on a daily basis, let alone polish the whole thing off on our own?
“The truth is desserts such as these can be enjoyed on occasion as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. Just to clarify, the emphasis is on the word ‘occasion’.”
Do you think Nigella is being irresponsible or are we all allowed to indulge sometimes?