Nigella Lawson will not cook Christmas turkey for first time ever

‘For the first time ever, I am not going to do a turkey - and I always do,’ says celebrity cook

Olivia Petter
Wednesday 23 December 2020 11:06 GMT
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Nigella Lawson has revealed that, for the first time, she won’t be cooking turkey for Christmas Day.

Speaking to “BBC’s Newscast” podcast, the 60-year-old celebrity cook, who recently fronted her Cook, Eat, Repeat series, revealed that she would be making pork this year.

"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," she said. “I'm doing pork.”

Lawson went on to reference the new restrictions that have been imposed in the UK for the festive period.

While the government had previously said that families would be permitted to mix in three households or less for a five-day period, now, they can only do so for Christmas Day itself - unless they live in a tier 4 area, in which case they cannot mix with other households at all.

“It's not going to be a normal family Christmas,” said Lawson.

"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 [does] not... make me feel what's missing."

Lawson added that she is going to miss a few things about Christmas.

"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 said.

"I would have thought, for many people, the strange conditions under which we live will make them want to cleave to the traditions, and not add new and different things," she said.

You can listen to the full episode here.

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