And the latest photographs of Nigella wandering down a London street suggest that perhaps some of that worry has returned.
She may have both a new book and a new television series out soon but the food writer and TV cook – famed for her flirtatious manner – has the same make-up free pall that characterised her appearances during the concluding act of her marriage to art collector Charles Saatchi four years ago.
In another smallish bowl, combine the almond meal (or all-purpose flour) with the baking soda and pinch of salt.
Put the sugar, olive oil, and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes, until you have a pale-primrose, aerated, and thickened cream.
It was my first proper night out since I had broken up with my fiancé a few weeks previously and I wanted some male attention.
I might sound like I was brimming with confidence but I never dreamed I would be single again in my late 40s and to be honest I was scared to death.
Clutching a glass of bubbly I waltzed across the room and flashed my best come-hither smile at the stranger by the bar.
Made with the almonds, it has more of dinner-party pudding feel about it and I love it still a bit warm, with some raspberries or some such on the side, as well as a dollop of mascarpone or ice cream.
Although I first came up with this recipe because I had someone coming for supper who (genuinely) couldn't eat wheat or dairy, it is so meltingly good, I now make it all the time for those whose life and diet are not so unfairly constrained, myself included.
It is slightly heavier with the almonds (though not in a bad way) so if you want a lighter crumb, rather than a squidgy interior, and are not making the cake for the gluten-intolerant, then replace the 1 1/2 cups almond meal with 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour.
However, although the “Domestic Goddess”, whose cooking range Living Kitchen is worth £7million, may look unglamorous in recent photographs, perhaps her appearance is a sign of growing confidence now she is free from a difficult second marriage.
The biggest tragedy of her life was losing her first husband John Diamond to cancer in 2001. “I love a room with John in it,” she once declared.