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Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Cooking Clementines For Cake

    Hello I'm cooking the clementines for the Clementine Cake but they're starting to burst. I'm worried the juice will escape into the water. They've been in about an hour and the recipe says two hours. They are quite small though (I needed 6 to get 375g). Please help!  

    Hi Is there any way of speeding up the 2 hours required for cooking the fruit in the Clementine Cake? Thanks Robyn

     When making clementine cake (a go-to standby cake here!), can I boil the clementines in my slow cooker all day while I'm at work, allowing me to leisurely assemble the cake once I'm home, rather than preparing them in a rapid boil on the hob?

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  • Brazilian Cheese Bread

    Hello, I tried to make some of the Brazilian Cheese Bread Bread from the new book but once I'd added the milk and oil the dough siezed up into a plasticine/glue like texture which no amount of beating and adding egg would change. What did I do wrong? Thanks.

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  • Dark And Sumptuous Chocolate Cake

    If you do not have expresso powder can you use something else in for the Dark And Sumptuous Chocolate Cake, or can you just not put it in?  

    Loved the look of this vegan cake on Simply Nigella recently. I was wondering if anyone had tried it gluten free, and was it by simply replacing the plain flour with a gluten free flour blend (such as Doves Farm)? Many thanks

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  • Date and Marmalade Christmas Cake

    If I make the Date And Marmalade Christmas Cake now can I freeze it for Christmas?

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  • Dairy Free Vanilla Cake

    Has any baker made the Spriced Up Vanilla Cake in a dairy free version?

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  • Lamb Ribs With Nigella And Cumin Seeds

    Have just been to my butcher to ask for lamb ribs and the only ones they can have are very thin with not much meat on them. Apparently a few people have asked about them (clearly a popular recipe!) so my butchers did call around but the same response from all our local butchers. I wonder if you have suggestions please? Thanks

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  • Beetroot And Ginger Chutney

    Please can you tell me how long Nigella's Beetroot Chutney lasts? I have several kilos of beetroot to process and need one with a long shelf life! Kind regards Kate.  

    What is the life of the Beetroot Chutney chutney when packaged into sterilised jars? Vickyr.

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  • Heating Christmas Pudding In A Microwave

    Is it possible to reheat the Christmas Pudding on Christmas Day in the Microwave (ie once it has been steamed in the initial cooking process)?  

    Hello, I am planning on making Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding (the 3 pint one) this year. If I make in advance and steam for 5 hours and cool then how long do I need to microwave for on Christmas Day? Many thanks, Catherine

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