09 December 2020 16:37
TV chef and author Nigella Lawson has pleaded with the internet to draw a line under the debate over how she pronounces the word microwave. On Monday evening, in the fifth episode of her new hit TV show Eat, Cook, Repeat, the chef was running through the cooking process for brown butter colcannon. Before adding milk to boiled potatoes, in her inimitable, captivating way, Lawson uttered the following words: "...milk, full fat, which I've warmed in the mee-kro-whaav-é." Cue internet meltdown: "Is that how it's supposed to be pronounced?" "Have I been wrong, all this time?" "Is that how Nigella actually pronounces microwave?" "What. Is. Going. And because it's Nigella, there was some stanning — viral pledges to henceforth only refer to the microwave as the mee-kro-whaav-é.
Because, in truth, it definitely sounds better. Especially when delivered with the Lawson quarter smirk. But, Lawson has had enough of the debate. Did she mean it? Does she not how it's pronounced?! Not surprisingly, yes! And yes! "I do say it like that, but not because I think that's how it's actually pronounced," Lawson said last night, before adding this morning: "Can this be the end of it now?" Can this be the end of it now? — Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) December 9, 2020 Nigella Lawson is well known for her culinary skills - from classic dishes to banana skin curry. But the celebrity chef has now stirred up a frenzy with her pronunciation of the word 'microwave'. Potato - Poh-tah-toe, Tomato - Tom-aye-toe, Microwave - Mee-crow-wav-ayee - here's what happened. Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Sign up Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... Why has Nigella Lawson gone viral? On Monday night (7 December), the latest episode of the 60-year-old chef's Christmas series Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat - named after her cookbook - aired on BBC Two. During the show she was preparing brown butter colcannon, a 'sweet, nutty' vegetable mash potato. Just as she was about to heat the milk in the microwave, she could be heard by unassuming viewers pronouncing it 'Mee-crow-wav-aye'. Yes, we have been pronouncing it wrong all these years. What was the viewers' response? Foodies who had been watching the show took to Twitter to discuss Ms Lawson's hilarious gaff. The original account that raised the issue with Lawson's pronunciation wrote: "She has spoken. "We need to know how it's spelt @Nigella_Lawson. We've been wrong all this time!" Another added: "Eternally grateful to Nigella Lawson for letting us know we've all been mispronouncing microwave for the last 50 (or so) years." While one joked: "Nigella referring to her microwave as a "mick-ro-warvey" is honestly in the top ten moments of the year for me." What other recipes has Nigella made on her BBC Christmas show? The famous chef has ranked in the top 25 British chefs of 2020 - according to sales, incomes and appearances - so you might want to serve some of her recipes alongside your turkey and trimmings on 25 December. Need a demonstration? You can watch Nigella make recipes from her book on the BBC show, such as a banana skin curry, a no-knead bread which she uses for her crispy fried chicken sandwich, and an indulgent chocolate-peanut butter cake. Watch Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat on BBC Two on Monday's at 8pm or stream on BBC iPlayer. 10 funny Nigella quotes Nigella is known for her funny and at times risque quotes and innuendos, many of which have taken off on social media before. Here are some of her most famous quotes: Referred to herself as 'a complete tart.' Filling eton mess- "I love the way it comes bulging over the rims' "I love having an implement in each hand." "I think it will be more pleasurable to do so by hand."