As a busy working mom, Nigella Lawson, 47, says she understands the need for speed when it comes to making meals. Fortunately, her new cookbook Nigella Express ($23) contains recipes that don’t sacrifice taste for timeliness. Says Nigella, "there’s no point in doing something fast if it isn’t going to taste good." Just because she can whip up gourmet meals in a flash doesn’t mean Nigella’s own children — 14-year-old Cosima and 10-year-old Bruno — always benefit from having a superchef as a mom, however. Says Nigella,
The number of times they have noodles and broth or pasta and pesto for dinner is embarrassing. They eat school food [for lunch]. That’s how cruel I am.
It sounds as though Bruno has, at times, taken matters into his own hands however.
My son recently said to me, ‘You have no idea how delicious KFC is.’ And I said, ‘I’m sure you’re right, but I’m not gonna give it to you.’
As for those persistent rumors that she’s expecting a baby with new husband Charles Saatchi, himself dad to a 12-year-old daughter, Phoebe, Nigella denied them, joking that she’s had "stories that I’m pregnant for so long that I must have the gestation period of five elephants."
Cosima and Bruno’s father, journalist John Diamond, died of cancer in 2001.
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