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Nigella likes Marmite pasta! What's your strange-but-true standby staple?

Ramona Andrews Ramona Andrews | 11:13 UK time, Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Nigella Lawson has a new series coming out this autumn and we can't wait to see it! Opening the doors to her kitchen again, the Domestic Goddess whetted our appetites yesterday on Radio 5 live with Christian O'Connell. She talked about her 'man-proof' recipe for spaghetti with Marmite, parmesan and butter. OK, it sounds weird, but if Nigella likes it, I thought I'd give it a go.... And I can report back that the combination of salty, savoury ingredients works a treat. Why hadn't we thought of it before?

Watch this clip of Nigella telling Christian O'Connell how she discovered the combination:

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Earlier this year Ken Hom shared a similar serendipity discovery on Saturday Kitchen with his pasta stir-fried with curry paste, which gave Ready Steady Cook's recipes a run for their money!

As for more conventional Nigella recipes - and speedy ones at that - try her Spicy scrambled eggs, Triple cheese and onion strata or Calabrian lamb cutlets. Get even more luscious recipes on Nigella's website or check out Nigella's recipes for BBC Food

In the meantime, tell us what other strange combination of ingredients you've discovered on the fly. What worked and what decidedly didn't?

Ramona Andrews is the host of the BBC Food Q&A blog and messageboard.

Listen to the whole Nigella interview or download the Daily Bacon podcast.

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