Nigella Lawson fights back … with a holiday hotcake recipe

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British culinary icon Nigella Lawson has reached out to her fans by posting a recipe for Holiday Hotcake on Twitter following allegations in court that she was a drug addict.

After almost 24 hours of silence following court allegations made by her former assistants and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi that she was constantly high, Lawson hit back on Twitter with a recipe described as “the perfect recipe to show thanks for all your support & to those who hashtag teamNigella”.

The message was retweeted almost 1500 times in the hours after she posted it amid allegations heard in court from her ex-husband Charles Saatchi that she was a habitual cocaine user.

Messages of support have been pouring in for the celebrity cook, who has more than 479,000 followers on Twitter

Rosa Monckton, Lawson’s sister-in-law, wrote: “A man scorned is much more dangerous than a woman.”

Fan Stuart Nathan tweeted: “Nigella Lawson brought us the caramel croissant pudding. Charles Saatchi brought us the Thatcher government.”

Another defender, Kate Walsh posted a meme in support:

This is not the first time Lawson has enlisted the support of a wider community of well-wishers.

Lawson revealed Team Cupcake in back 2010 – the affectionate name for the group of assistants who help look after her children and make sure her business is running smoothly.

Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo are on trial for stealing close to $500,000 from Saatchi and Lawson during the decade they were employed by the former couple.

Lawyers for Lawson and Saatchi’s former assistants have alleged that Lawson allowed them to use their credit cards freely to cover up her daily drug addiction to cocaine and other drugs.

Saatchi supported the claim in an email to his former wife, calling her “Hi-gella”, but did admit that he was not aware of a drug problem during their marriage.

Lawson’s legal team has said the claims are “totally scurrilous”.

The case continues and both Lawson and Saatchi are expected to give evidence.

— with AAP

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