January 21, 2016 11:41 AM

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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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