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    Gyles Brandreth claims Nigella Lawson doesn’t know how to fry or poach an egg

    Gyles Brandreth claims Nigella Lawson doesn’t know how to fry or poach an egg after she share controversial picture of leftover breakfast pizza

    • Gyles Brandreth said Nigella Lawson doesn’t know how to fry or poach an egg
    • Former Conservative MP added her latest food creation was ‘a complete mess’ 
    • Broadcaster was discussing Nigella’s  leftover breakfast pizza on This Morning     
    • Holly Willoughby added the pizza looked like ‘it came from the bin’ while Phillip Schofield said the dish looked like it had been run over

    Nigella Lawson is widely lauded as a domestic goddess, with her cookbooks selling millions worldwide.

    But Gyles Brandreth clearly isn’t a fan of the food writer, claiming she hasn’t mastered the basic skills of cooking or poaching an egg.

    Discussing Nigella’s latest foodie offering – a poached egg on leftover takeaway pizza – the politician-turned-writer told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield he wouldn’t go to her house for dinner, as she doesn’t proper crockery to serve food on.

    Former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth (bottom left) appears on This Morning with Vanesa Feltz (bottom right) to speak to Phillip Schofield (top left) an Holly Willoughby (top right). The writer claimed Nigella Lawson didn’t know how to poached an egg

    ‘It looks as if Nigella burns her pizza and doesn’t know how to fry or poach an egg,’ the 72-year-old said via video link from his west London home. 

    ‘It’s a complete mess isn’t it’. 

    ‘And the plate is too small, we’re not going around to her place are we, she doesn’t have proper crockery’.

    ‘I do like the idea of the taste though, and I do love anything on toast,’ he added, before saying he was going to try some beans on toast today.

    Holly added that Nigella’s pizza looked like ‘something that had come out of the bin’ while Phillip said it looked like it had been ‘run over by a car’.

    It comes after Nigella, 60, posted a picture of her 'perfect breakfast' on Instagram, a poached egg on a leftover pizza

    It comes after Nigella, 60, posted a picture of her ‘perfect breakfast’ on Instagram, a poached egg on a leftover pizza

    However, Vanessa Feltz, who also appeared on the ITV programme, said that she loved the look of Nigella’s dish, saying that she had recently had leftover pizza for breakfast.

    ‘It’s the obvious option, I wish I knew Nigella advocated for an egg!’ she said. 

    Gyles was the MP for Chester from 1992 to 1997, narrowly missing an overlap with Nigella’s father Nigel Lawson, who was an MP until 1992.

    Since leaving parliament he has gone into broadcasting, appearing on Countdown more than 300 times as well as a series of panel shows.

    Nigella Lawson’s ‘two-stage’ method for buttering bread

    STAGE ONE 

    • Spread unsalted butter on the toast as soon as it comes out of the toaster so it can melt into the bread and give it a ‘crumpety bite’
    • Leave the slice to cool slightly before beginning ‘stage two’ 

    STAGE TWO 

    • Spread a generous second layer of unsalted butter and allow it to pool in ‘golden patches’ on the bread
    • Sprinkle sea salt on top of your buttery bread 
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    It comes after Nigella, 60, posted a picture of her ‘perfect breakfast’ on Instagram.

    She wrote: ‘Now this is what I call a breakfast — leftover pizza from my Friday night from ASAP Pizza order, reheated and topped with a poached egg and a splodge of chilli crisp.’

    Fans were wowed by the upgraded leftovers, with one writing: ‘Wow, that’s my idea of breakfast.’

    ‘My dream breakfast,’ said another.

    ‘Oh, that sounds so good,’ penned a third. 

    Last night, the cook made another controversial dish on her BBC2 show, Cook, Eat, Repeat.  

    The cook has embraced leftfield ingredients of late, with a recent episode showing her cook up a curry made from old banana skins, and another showing her share a recipe for buttered toast.

    And the latest episode, which airs on BBC2 on Monday evenings, proved no exception, as Nigella drenched a cheesecake in a sauce made from extra strong liquorice pellets. 

    Nigella Lawson's ongoing pursuit of ever more interesting ingredients in her BBC2 show left liquorice haters aghast after she created a cheesecake sauce from extra strong pellets of the salty snack - which she fished out of a posh-looking 'liquorice toolbox'

    Nigella Lawson’s ongoing pursuit of ever more interesting ingredients in her BBC2 show left liquorice haters aghast after she created a cheesecake sauce from extra strong pellets of the salty snack – which she fished out of a posh-looking ‘liquorice toolbox’

    After unearthing the savoury Italian sweets from her liquorice box, she set about boiling them up until they dissolved...

    After unearthing the savoury Italian sweets from her liquorice box, she set about boiling them up until they dissolved…

    Many viewers tuning into episode three were left aghast as a delicious-looking ‘Basque burnt cheesecake’ was doused in the unusual sauce made from boiled down Italian liquorice.  

    This morning, Waitrose reported searches overnight for liquorice had shot up thanks to the ‘Nigella effect’. The supermarket said it had seen 29 per cent more searches for the salty sweet since the show aired.    

    Highlighted as essential in Nigella’s larder, Korean gochujang chilli paste, mace and smoked paprika have seen sales increase by 49 per cent, 149 per cent and 70 per cent respectively – as customers stock up on new store cupboard staples. 

    Zoe Simons, Senior Innovation Chef at Waitrose told FEMAIL: ‘We love that Nigella has brought a childhood favourite back into the limelight, as well as some more adventurous ingredients such as gochujang chilli paste and tahini.  

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