Startling insight into Pippa’s Friday feasts
Pippa Middleton has offered more startling insight into her culinary expertise by declaring it is best to host a dinner party on a Friday night as it is “far away” from Monday, unlike Saturday.
By Jenny Johnson
Kate’s sister sheds light on her typical hectic week in her first column for Waitrose’s monthly magazine.
Ms Middleton, who joined her parents’ party company after leaving university, also describes “pre-Monday melancholy” and “feeling exhausted” on Friday evenings, suggesting she is now familiar with the trials and tribulations of the working week.
Exhausted no doubt by the following tumultuous events in 2013: The holiday she enjoyed in Mustique and a skiing break in St Moritz, Switzerland. Not to mention heading to Sweden to take part in a cross country ski race. And don’t forget spending a day at the races in Cheltenham.
She describes her experiences of student life at the University of Edinburgh where she apparently spent afternoons making sushi in front of the rugby.
In her first magazine piece — ‘Pippa’s Friday Night Feasts’ — the 29-year-old pens her thoughts on how to start the weekend with a “relaxed, Asian-themed night in with friends”.
She writes: “The first time I made sushi was at Edinburgh University.
“I convinced my flatmates to help, promising we’d prepare it in front of the rugby on TV that afternoon.
“The trickiest part was cooking the rice but even that, once we got a feel for the right stickiness, was easy, while the rolling just required patience.
“Keep the layer of rice fairly thin and be generous with the filling. If you don’t have a bamboo rolling mat, just use clingfilm.”
Her advice and ideas are spread over five pages which picture Ms Middleton in a blossom print dress.
Ms Middleton — whose guide to entertaining, Celebrate, was widely criticised for offering simplistic advice such as how to hold a sack race and provide ice at parties — begins her column by telling readers that Friday is the “night to feast”.
“Regardless of how tired I might be, the moment Friday lunchtime arrives I get that contagious pre-weekend excitement.
“Even if I’m feeling exhausted and don’t feel like doing anything but watching telly, I can put off being tired till Saturday.
“Fridays, of course, hold the promise of the weekend but also, being far enough away from pre-Monday melancholy, feel freer.”
Ms Middleton, who features on the front of Waitrose Kitchen’s April edition, has previously told of her “passion and enthusiasm for food and entertaining”.
Her first article in the magazine includes recipes for hoisin duck rolls made with “ready-bought” duck fillets and Vietnamese spring rolls which require a “specialist kit you can find at Waitrose”.
She also offers tips on how to make a ginger mojito to “kick off your Friday night” and sushi rolls.
Her recipe for tangerine and sake jellies with coconut cream comes with the advice: “Get ahead by making the jellies the night before.”
Further suggestions include using “bright flowers” to “soften angular Asian-style tableware”.
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