Nigella Lawson is urging people to stuff their face during the Covid crisis.
The TV chef, 60, reckons making tasty grub is the best way to cope with being stuck indoors.
She said that cooking one special dish helped get her through the first lockdown.
And she revealed that filming her new series without the usual guests had one big benefit – she got to eat all the food herself!
Nigella said: “Lockdown showed people who don’t consider themselves confident cooks, that cooking is all about improvisation. It gave them confidence.
“You are not talking about making showstoppers. You’re talking about cobbling things together to make supper.
“I think we all learned over lockdown that thinking about what to eat, cooking it, sitting down to what we’ve cooked, really gave a focus to our lives that we were grateful for.”
Nigella credits a special recipe for helping her through – noodles with lamb shank and aromatic broth.
She said: “This dish is something I’ve been making for a while, but it became very important to me in lockdown.
“It is so soothing and yet a real feast at the same time.
“There is something about the aromatic broth that makes you feel warm, safe and at peace. And again, it shows the power of food to sustain us physically and emotionally.”
Nigella also told how she got to pig out while filming her latest BBC series under coronavirus restrictions.
She said: “We couldn’t have our usual eating scenes with friends. But I made the supreme sacrifice and ate everything myself.”
New series Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat starts on Monday at 8pm on BBC Two.
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