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    Nigella Lawson faces online backlash over avocado on toast 'recipe' | Daily Mail Online

    'She'll be teaching us how to make a cuppa next!' Nigella faces backlash over new cooking show as she shares simple avocado on toast 'recipe' with viewers

    • Domestic goddess' new show, Simply Nigella, aired last night on BBC2
    • Viewers quick to comment on Twitter... with some unhappy at easy recipes
    • Others loved the show and Nigella's unique descriptions of ingredients
    • Return to television after harrowing divorce proceedings and fraud case

    By Jemma Buckley, Showbusiness Reporter For The Daily Mail and Jo Tweedy For Mailonline
    Published: 05:21 EST, 3 November 2015 | Updated: 19:03 EST, 3 November 2015

    Her new show is called Simply Nigella. But viewers may not have expected the TV cook's recipes to be quite so, well, simple.
    Miss Lawson has been widely mocked after kicking off her latest cookery series by explaining to the viewing public how to make avocado on toast.
    Rather than showcase her culinary skills, the 55-year-old chose to spend several minutes scooping out the flesh of the fruit and mashing it in a bowl.
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    Saucy language and plenty of smouldering: Nigella's new television programme called heavily upon her signature double entendres





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    She's back! Nigella, 55, offered a return to form on the new BBC show after a difficult couple of years but the domestic goddess didn't escape viewer criticism, with many unhappy at the simplicity of her avocado on toast recipe...


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    It's delicious, of course. Nigella chows down on one of her creations, clearly enjoying it


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    'Avocadogate' broke out (temporarily) on Twitter last night, following Nigella's recipe

    One disappointed viewer of the BBC2 show joked on social media that 'she'll be teaching us how to make a cuppa next'. Another said the meal was something their four-year-old could make.
    Some even accused her of wasting licence fee payers' money. Their verdict was perhaps reflected in the viewing figures.
    Only 2.3million tuned in on Monday night, the lowest for an opening episode of any of Miss Lawson's BBC shows in at least ten years. Simply Nigella represents her comeback to the BBC.
    It follows a difficult few years in which she was divorced from Charles Saatchi after he was photographed grabbing her around the neck in public, and gave evidence in a trial during which she admitted taking cocaine.
    In the introduction to the first episode, Miss Lawson explained the series would showcase the 'food I've enjoyed as I've settled in to my new kitchen and where I am in my life right now.'
    But her explanation of how to prepare avocado on toast – in her version dressed up with dill, salt, lime, dried chilli flakes and radish – did not go down well.



    Twitter user Dave Harte was left unimpressed by the show's opening recipe




    Another Twitter user commented on the avocado intro, suggesting the creation shouldn't be called a recipe




    Highest form of wit? Jamie East resorted to sarcasm


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    The first episode of her new BBC cookery show was largely business as usual

    Despite admitting avocado toast is not a recipe, she was mocked for saying it is 'part of the fabric of my life'.
    Many poked fun at her for describing how much she likes the sound 'when I scrape out that last bit of avocado.' She then added: 'Don't mind me while I mash.'
    One viewer said: 'Nigella is a cooking goddess and, yes, I love avocado on toast but I don't need a recipe for it in 2015.'
    Another said: 'I am actually in shock that Nigella is doing a recipe for avocado toast – this isn't what I pay my licence fee for.'
    For others, avocado on toast was far too complicated for the first meal of the day.
    Rev Tom Buchanan offered a witty response to the recipe, saying: 'German bread? No. Avocado? No. Dill? No. Lime? No. Breakfast Radish? No. Frosties it is then.'
    On the innuendo front it was classic Nigella.
    'I'm smearing Nigella seeds all over my cheek but I feel I'm entitled...', she purred at one point while one saucy-minded Twitter user, Simon Miles, also picked up on the phrase: 'Hard for me to have lamb without cumin.'

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    Happy again: Nigella appears relaxed and at ease in her new show, after a tumultuous few years




    For others, the avocado brekkie idea simply wasn't going to work




    Some were irritated by Nigella's florid language




    While others commented that her descriptions were exactly why they were watching

    And while there were plenty more innuendos to be misinterpreted - another fan picked up on: 'I love having an implement in each hand' - some viewers mourned Nigella's signature 'return to the fridge' for a late-night snack, which didn't happen.
    @mrjtwon wrote: 'Where's the bit where she gets up in the middle of the night and sticks her face in a trifle?'
    The mother-of-two also offered an insight into her middle class upbringing, revealing that she lived on 'breast of lamb when I was a student', a less than average university dish.
    Elsewhere, Nigella's complicated descriptions of the food she was preparing tickled some of her fans on Twitter...and enraged others.

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    Out and about: Nigella has been participating in a media tour (pictured left at Broadcasting House last week) to promote her new book, which accompanies the series




    Ooh-er missus: Some fans enjoyed the innuendos that Nigella has become well known for




    Playing with words: Rhodri Marsden enjoyed the sometimes suspicious adjectives used




    No midnight feast? Others mourned the return to the fridge section which has appeard in previous shows

    One user, Sophie, vented her spleen about 'verbs and adjectives THAT MAKE NO SENSE in reference to food' after the cook suggested you might 'drape an avocado'.
    Rhodri Marsden, meanwhile was among those who enjoyed the interesting descriptions, saying it was what made the businesswoman so 'watchable' and that he loved: 'The leaping cauliflower. The unreasonable cashew. The right honourable egg.'
    The cook, who is currently in Canada, appeared relaxed and happy in the first episode of the new series.
    Avocado has become a fashionable alternative to butter but experts warn it contains high levels of saturated fat.

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    Avocado has become a fashionable alternative to butter but experts warn it contains high levels of saturated fat.
    Who are these experts? A 1 ounce serving of avocado contains 4.5 grams of fat, only half a gram of that is saturated fat. Three grams is monounsaturated fats, and the rest polyunsaturated fat. Avocado also has the benefit of being a whole food with the vitamins, minerals, and fibre left intact. It is actually a much healthier alternative to butter.

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    I don't care that it was too simple. A lot of people may never have heard or thought about avocado on toast, so I don't see why people would be upset about her introducing a new idea to lots of people. Its not like its a recipe for late night microwave bacon or something.
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    Or what was that recipe for chocolate someone posted here one time? "Unwrap chocolate. Eat." Something like that.
    She basically made a budget guac and put it on toast. Not something I'd want to see from a cooking show, but nothing to get your knickers twisted over.

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    avocado on toast = my breakfast at least 2-3 times a week. but for a lot of people it's something they just never thought to do and who think avocados are for guac only.
    it's not a recipe so much as a basic but i don't see why this caused such an uproar either. that said why the hell did she bother putting it into a bowl and shit? I just scoop it out of the shell and directly onto the bread. unless she put a lot of seasonings in there, which you don't need. at most i add salt and not always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    I don't care that it was too simple. A lot of people may never have heard or thought about avocado on toast,
    I haven't thought of it and the one she made on round bread looked good.
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    It's the idea that counts. For example i'd have never thought of putting DILL in my avocado, though I eat one almost every day ( 'cos I like it plus the potential health benefits).

    She's hooked on avocados I know; she posted her brekkie not long ago and it was scrambled eggs, a piece of toast and slices of avocado on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    avocado on toast = my breakfast at least 2-3 times a week. but for a lot of people it's something they just never thought to do and who think avocados are for guac only.
    it's not a recipe so much as a basic but i don't see why this caused such an uproar either. that said why the hell did she bother putting it into a bowl and shit? I just scoop it out of the shell and directly onto the bread. unless she put a lot of seasonings in there, which you don't need. at most i add salt and not always.
    For real. You can just scoop and spread. Though I do add a few things on top. Usually a slice of heirloom tomato and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro. So yum.
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    if i'm gonna be fancy i mash it up and add sesame oil, rice vinegar (or mirin) and sprinkle with black sesame seeds but there are endless variations. and anything with cilantro is a yes.
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    At least she isn't cooking like She Who Shall Not Be Named...

    I love Nigella, simply crazy about her...she has made simple dishes before; her job is to show us how easy it is to make things from fresh ingredients...avocado on toast is better than processed meat or other processed food spreads.

    And she is looking great too. Big ears and all.
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    If she's introducing "new" food ideas to people who otherwise may not realise their options or maybe don't do much cooking at home for themselves then I say good on her. Avocado a healthy, natural product and better than peanut butter and jelly on toast (which is also delicious, calm down). Personally I don't like it on toast and prefer to eat it straight with a little salt, lime juice and chilli.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    At least she isn't cooking like She Who Shall Not Be Named...

    I love Nigella, simply crazy about her...she has made simple dishes before; her job is to show us how easy it is to make things from fresh ingredients...avocado on toast is better than processed meat or other processed food spreads.

    And she is looking great too. Big ears and all
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    yeah, but how are her feet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    yeah, but how are her feet?
    You be the judge...
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    My only problem with putting avocado on everything is how freaking expensive it is, and I also don't know how to pick out a ripe avocado.

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    Squeeze it. If it feels very hard like a bolt-on either don't get it or don't expect to eat it for a few days. If you squeeze it and its firm but gives a bit (somewhere between a breast with an implant and a natural firm breast) then you're good to go. If you squeeze it and can leave a slight indent with your finger then its ripe and use immediately.

    You'll know if its over ripe. It will feel kinda like you'd imagine this to feel:


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