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Hi Nigella Team! Can I use frozen blackberries in the Anglo-Italian Trifle? Thanks, Penny.
Posted by Supanee1980. Answered on 21st Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
Red currants aren't something easily (or at all) available where I live in the US, and I've never tried them to know what they taste like. I'd like to try Nigella's Cranberry Mincemeat (Star Topped Mince Pies) this year. Any suggestions on what I might substitute, or can they just be left out completely
Posted by shamroxann. Answered on 20th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi all, I have never tried brining before so just wondered can the Spiced And Superjuicy Turkey be left to brine in the fridge? Living in New Zealand it is summer now and the weather is hot in December so would not think it was safe to brine outdoors. Is the brining time the same if it is done in the fridge?
I am brining my turkey for the first time this year, using Nigella's recipe. My turkey is bigger than the one in the recipe (it is 8.30 kg). When I put it in the container the liquid did not cover the bird. Nigella had said to top up with water until covered but I ended up adding an extra 6 litres. I then thought I had better add more salt so added an additional 125 g (double the water & double the salt). Now I am wondering if that will make it too salty? Also when I am ready to cook do I rinse the bird in fresh water and dry it before cooking or should I just dry it?
Posted by nigellanz. Answered on 19th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi Team, just enquiring as to how long Nigella's Brandy Butter will keep in the refrigerator please? Thanks, beris m.
Posted by ausbengal. Answered on 18th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
I'm planning to cook a couple of smoked gammon joints to feed up to 25 people. I'm struggling to find joints with the knuckle bone intact (as per the Aromatic Christmas Ham recipe) and would therefore like to know what adjustments, if any, are required to the original recipe if I end up cooking a couple of bonless smoked gammon joints instead? Thank you for your help!
I'm going to be in South America for Xmas and they don't really do gammon over there - they just do pork. Is the Ham In Coca Cola recipe possible with a slab of pork or does it need to be cured first? Thanks! Whoha.
Posted by Kirsten Daswani. Answered on 17th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
I love the Easy Action Christmas Cake yet my family hates chestnuts. Could you please suggest a substitute for me, as I presume it has to be quite liquid to replace the chestnut puree. I had thought of using dates or apricot jam but how do I make it into a paste without adding to much sweetness? Thanking you in advance, Steph
Hi. I made loads of mincemeat with suet last year for my mince pies. I have seen recipes for Christmas cakes made using mincemeat but they never say whether it's mincemeat made with suet or suet-free mincemeat. So, can I make a Christmas cake with my suet mincemeat? Many thanks, jobo123.
Posted by Steph d'Arifat. Answered on 16th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hello Nigella Team, I would really like to make Nigella's Gurdlebuster Pie this Christmas, and have been trolling the internet trying to find a pie dish as beautiful as the red one Nigella uses. Please could you tell me where I can buy it, or maybe something similar?
Hi there I've recently been watching re-runs of Nigella's programmes in Italy and am trying to find out what make the black bowls are that she uses in them. One of the recipes was a South Indian veggie curry another was an egg and bacon salad. The bowls are black and very uneven looking. I would very much appreciate any information you could give me about them Thank you, zobo31
Hello There, I was wondering where I could purchase the teacup shaped glass bowl and saucer from Nigella's Forever Summer series. They were wonderful, but I can't seem to find them online. Many thanks, Dawn
Dear Nigella team. Where can I find the glass mugs with candy canes, which can be found in the book "Nigella's Christmas" Regards Armani1502
Hi there! I love the salt pig that Nigella uses on Nigellissima and I actually was successful in finding and purchasing one for myself! However, I have not been successful in finding the small wooden spoon that she usually has in the container. Where would I be able to find this? Thanks a bunch! nt121390.
Posted by Nathalie_W. Answered on 15th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi Nigella team, I am about to make Nigella's Star Mince Pies with the Rhubarb Vanilla Mincemeat from her book Feast! I am planning to use puff pastry and to freeze them in readiness for Christmas. My query is, do I cook them first then freeze or do I freeze them once prepared ready to cook when I need them. I also intend to make the short crust pastry in Nigella's recipe but wanted to hear your culninary thoughts on my idea? Margaret
Posted by 181Apple. Answered on 14th Dec 2014 at 12.00Read The Answer