Nigella Lawson Keeps Salt, Mustard and Hot Sauce by Her Bedside: ‘It’s Not Meant to Be Funny, It’s Very Helpful’

01/21/2016 at 11:41 AM ET

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Nigella Lawson considers herself a lazy person.

With multiple cookbooks and TV shows under her belt, Lawson’s statement may seem like a stretch—but the British chef has a theory to back it up.

“People who often work the hardest are naturally the laziest,” she said on Wednesday during an event at the Sydney Opera House, “because we know that unless we really kind of drive ourselves, we will be very happy lying in bed reading novels, drinking cups of tea, eating toast, a bowl of spaghetti, maybe even a roast chicken.”

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“I feel that I have two speeds, which is full pelt or almost comatose,” she continued. “I’m never moderate in my activity.”

Despite her busy schedule, Lawson says she indulges that sluggish side of herself often by eating in bed—and she’s fully prepared when she does.

“My bedroom is not on the same floor as the kitchen so by the side of my bed, I have learned to keep a little collection of condiments,” she says, causing the audience to erupt in laughter. “It’s not meant to be funny, it’s very helpful.”

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Among her assortment, she keeps English mustard, Maldon salt, Tabasco sauce, a “thicker chili hot sauce” and soy sauce.

“The ridiculous thing is one of my great luxuries is that I like very expensive and gorgeous bed linen and then I ruin it by dumping soy sauce all over it,” says the author of Simply Nigella.

But Lawson admits the mess is better than the alternative: “Unsalted food is worse.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I’d sure like to be her condiment!