WHILE dribbling my way through last night's episode of Nigella's Christmas Kitchen my trance-like state was disturbed by the shrill sound of a text message being received by my phone.
It was my best friend. The message read, in full, said: 'Oh goodness. Just watching them eat that chocolate sticky cake thing I'm sure is putting inches on my belly'.
Never a truer word was spoken (or text). She was, of course, referring to Nigella's gut-busting pie recipe - a gloriously glutinous toffee pudding, that looks a bit like a cross between a banoffee pie (sans the bananas) and a cheesecake (minus the cheese), but contains more calories.
For the first time in our Nigella-watching history, my boyfriend's eyes glazed over not solely by the sight of Lawson's luscious curves.
"Can we have that this Christmas?" he asked. I assumed he was talking about the pie.
"I don't know if I have a pair of trousers to accommodate even looking at the pud, let alone eating it," I retorted. "If I eat that, my New Year's Eve frock won't fit. I won't so much be the belle of the ball, but the ball of the ball."
For anyone who missed seeing the construction of this magnificent pud, you can watch it again on BBC iplayer. In fact, I am just about to tune in myself. Elasticated waistbands at the ready...