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Nigella Lawson Won't Be Cooking Turkey On Christmas Day

Nigella Lawson Won't Be Cooking Turkey On Christmas Day

She said it'll be the 'first time ever'

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Nigella Lawson has said she won't be cooking turkey for Christmas dinner this year as it's 'not going to be a normal family Christmas'.

The 60-year-old has said she'll be having pork on Christmas Day for the 'first time ever'.

I think if there's a sign of the very strange times we live in right now, it's surely the fact that Nigella has given turkey the heave-ho for Christmas Day.


Speaking on BBC's Newscast podcast, Nigella said: "I actually - and I only made the decision a couple of days ago - for the first time ever, I am not going to do a turkey - and I always do.

"I'm doing pork.

"It's not going to be a normal family Christmas, therefore I think I will feel less sad doing something that is just a lovely lunch, that takes in a few Christmas traditions from elsewhere that interest me, but not... make me feel what's missing."

It's not just Nigella who is gearing up for a different Christmas this year, with millions of people not allowed to spend the day with their loved ones due to coronavirus restrictions.


Nigella added: "One of the things I think we've all realised is how we miss having people round our table, and therefore all that worrying over 'is this perfect, should we do this or that', you realise that is actually secondary to the feeling of eating with other people."

She also went on to say that she's 'rather enjoyed' spending time alone this year, saying: "I haven't been lonely once.

"I have been very happy. I'm almost afraid to say it as it makes me sound pathologically unsociable, but I've rather enjoyed it."

Nigella has been back on our screens this year, with her new BBC series Cook, Eat, Repeat.

However, it wasn't her mouth-watering recipes that caused a stir earlier this month, but the unique way she pronounces 'microwave'.

On an episode of the show from the beginning of December, Nigella was whipping up a delicious-looking brown butter colcannon when she told viewers: "I still need a bit of milk - full fat - which I've warmed in the 'meecro-wa-vay'."

Viewers were very into her unusual pronunciation, with one posting on Twitter: "The way @Nigella_Lawson just pronounced 'microwave' is a defining moment of 2020."

Another wrote: "This made me howl... my kind of humour is mispronouncing words too."

Someone else said: "@Nigella_Lawson pronunciation of 'microwave' is a highlight of 2020 for me #CookEatRepeat."

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Topics: Food, Christmas, Celebrity