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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

  • Freezing Cheesecake

    Hi! I have just made the chocolate and lime cheesecake from Nigella Bites, and as lovely as it is we do not think we will get through it all – can it be frozen in the same way as the Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Kitchen (also a big success!)? Thanks

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  • Pork in Meatballs

    I love the sound of the meatballs in Nigella's book How To Eat, but the recipe calls for a mixture of beef and pork. I can't eat pork so what do you suggest as an alternative? Thank you!

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  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

    I made Nigella's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins from Feast and the recipe and the muffins are lovely, but why do my chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the muffins?

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  • Ingredient Substitutes for Greece

    Hello, I am a Greek student and I am translating a few recipes from Nigella’s book Kitchen. However, a few of the ingredients in some of the recipes are not widely available in the Greek market. I would be grateful if you could recommend any possible substitutes for the following ingredients: bourbon biscuits (Grasshopper Pie, p182), sour cream (Maple Pecan Bundt Cake, p239), elderflower cordial (Gooseberry and Elderflower Crumble, p251). Many thanks, Maria

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  • Sticky Gingerbread

    Whenever I make the sticky gingerbread recipe from Nigella Christmas I always get lumps of flour in my batter which won't mix in, I have to push the mixture through a sieve before baking. Am I doing something wrong? I follow the recipe exactly!

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  • Watermelon Salad

    Nigella has a salad with goat cheese, black olives red onion and every year I like to make it. However I cannot find the recipe for this in Nigella's books or on-line. Where can I find it?

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  • Excess Oil From Deep Frying

    I've always wanted to deep fry potatoes, fish and other things but I have yet to find a safe yet efficient method of disposing of the extravagant amount of oil that results from deep frying. I have heard of oil bins but I probably will never have access to one and I have heard that you can reuse the oil but I really don't want to have the bother of getting another container to store it. Is there any other way?

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  • Red Velvet Cake

    In Nigella's recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes (in Kitchen), it says that the recipe will make enough batter for 2 x 25cm cake tins. How long would you suggest I cook them for?

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