Nigella = Higella?

What what what WHAAAATTT????
The domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson, was a druggie?! I’m flabbergasted. Some people say ‘There is no such thing as bad publicity’. But being described as a regular hard-drug user must be the worst label to be pinned on any one’s back. If the condemned is a public figure, a popular TV chef who endorses a wholesome lifestyle through cooking, the accusation must be devastating.
I wasn’t very surprised when Kate Moss was photographed snorting cocaine during her stint with Pete Doherty. She was never portrayed as virtuous or homely. Her image was nothing but hell-raiser and rock in’ roll. Therefore, in a way, she lived up to everyone’s expectation.
But Nigella Lawson? Oh dear. I went initially speechless when I heard the news. Having said that, I did witness something similar when I was invited to a birthday party in Queens Park some years ago. This woman, who was hosting the party for her 40 years old partner, casually suggested if I wanted to come up to their upstairs bedroom. So I followed her and was a bit surprised to find there were a few female guests in there already. ‘Shall we?’ Then, one of them laid out lines of white powder on her glass- stopped dressing table!! They were all mothers and high-powered business women with equally successful partners & husbands! The way they behaved suggested that this was not one-off but happening regularly. And I was astonished. ‘Do you want to try?’ The hostess turned around and asked me with blurry eyes. I just panicked and mumbled ‘No thanks’ and left the room hastily. In downstairs, I found Hubbie amongst the crowd and told him what I had just witnessed. And he was as gobsmacked as I was. While her partner, who she had a beautiful daughter with, was oblivious and chatting to his party guests, their partners were hiding and snorting cocaine. The picture was bizarre and disturbing.
As I watched the news of Nigella, the incident came to my mind. Even though I was surprised by her alleged drug taking, narcotic abuse in domestic environment may be far more prevalent than we wish to acknowledge.
It is hugely regrettable that she has tarnished her reputation in this manner.
I do like her crockery programmes which make cooking not just a domestic chore but a sensual and fun experience. Her vivacious public persona has captivated millions, including me. Has it been nothing but a veneer which covers up her dark side? If so, I am very much disappointed.
Oh well, the only thing left for her in near future may be penning a memoir about the life with Charles Saatchi? I am certain that it will be another blockbuster…

I am no domestic goddess but good at piling a copious amount berries on my blueberry pancakes…

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Nigella, just eat waffle or pancake with berries & maple syrup. Because it will make any horrible day slightly easier to weather…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Paper @ Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea

On Sunday, we decided to check out the Saatchi Gallery at the Duke of York’s HQ off Sloane Square. One of my favourite WordPress bloggers, Sequins and Cherry Blossom, reviewed the current exhibition “Paper” recently and I was very much intrigued by it.
So, there we were, having parked our car successfully on a single yellow line on Clivedon Place and striding happily towards the gallery. As we turned into Sloane Square, guess who we bumped into? Mr.Saatchi himself! He was standing in front of the brassiere, Colbert, chatting to his female companion.
Once we reached another side of the square, Hubbie joked, ‘At least, he wasn’t grabbing her throat’. Oh, what a thing to say! I was fascinated to see Mr.Saatchi in the flesh. Does he always dress in the same manner? A white shirt with a dark blue / black suit paired with super shiny brogues. Does he have a row of identical suits neatly displayed in a grand walk-in closet in his mansion? And a pile of neatly hand pressed identical shirts on the shelf?
Hmmm… It wouldn’t surprise me since he came across to me like a super control freak.

The exhibition “Paper” was an extensive affair. It occupied 10 gallery spaces.
As the title suggested, primary material featured in the exhibition was paper.
The exhibits which caught my attention as it follows.

“Fragments of Time” by Miler Lagos…

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Old newspaper was collated, shaped and coloured as giant twiglets. I thought the work portrayed time and decay poetically.

“Golden Arch Parkway McDonald’s” by Yuken Teruya…

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This artist utilized shopping bags from ordinary commercial outlets for his works.
A part of the bag was cut away to the shape as a tree.

The visitors were captivated by super minuscule bonsais in bags…

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The works put a smile on every visitor’s face.

“Nature Scene 2011” by Tom Thayer…

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Puppet-like cranes stood pensively in front of the image of the tree graced with birds in all shapes and colours.
The piece was adorned with coloured papers which resembled an elaborate embroidery.

“Love Nothing More” by Storm Tharp…

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“Window 2010” by Storm Tharp…

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The method employed on each painting depicted features of its sitter with surprising canniness. It was enchanting.

“Kite-Planes” by Marcelo Jácome…

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The work resembled a flock of colourful birds flying out from their waterhole in the African savannah.

“Floating City” by Han Feng…

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The delicate piece was made with tracing paper.
Each paper block had an image of building superimposed. And they were clustered together to have the look of a city block…

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Fragile pieces were suspended from the ceiling and created a dreamlike floating cityscape.

The present Saatchi Gallery is much more suitable for modern art exhibitions than the previous one at the County Hall, a former HQ of Greater London Council…

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Neutral backdrops and diffused overall lighting, as well as plenty of space to walk around and examine the works, they are essential criteria for any gallery which houses modern art, especially oversized sculptural works.
At the Saatchi Gallery, it was achieved flawlessly.

After satisfying our eyes, we decided to do likewise to our stomach.
‘Do you fancy Dutch pancake?’ ‘Oh yeah, please!’
We headed to My Old Dutch, Holborn.

Nursing latte, we waited for our pancake impatiently…

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We both ordered the same thing.
My Old Dutch – smoked bacon, chicken, ham, sweet pepper, mushrooms, sweet corn & cheese.
The pancake may appear massive at first glance. However, the dough is paper-thin therefore much lighter than pizza…

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Apart from their Amsterdammer – sautéed apple & smoked bacon with maple syrup, we’ve never tried anything else.
I know I should be more imaginative and adventurous.
Maybe I could order Chicken Curry (pancake with basmati rice?! Do they really go together?) or Chill Con Came (pancake with Mexican twist?) so I wouldn’t be such a food bore.
However, Dutch pancake appeals to me only when I want predictable & soothing fare.

Their Dutch apple pie is one of the best in town…

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A perfect amount of cinnamon! Yum!!
Damn, we should have ordered it one each, instead of sharing one like a goody two shoes…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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