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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Chilli with Cornmeal Lid

    I saw Nigella making a chilli (on Dutch tv) and when it was in its pot she put a top layer of cornmeal on it, before putting it in the oven. She promised it would add flavour. So, when I was in England, I bought cornmeal, but now I cannot find the recipe and I do not know how she made it. Help me please! Vanvliet

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  • Golden Syrup Substitute

    Hi, I live in India and cannot find golden syrup anywhere. I would love to try the Hokey Pokey recipe by Nigella so could please suggest any substitute for it?

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  • Japanese Prawns

    I have recently seen an episode of Nigella's Kitchen and she made a salad with prawns using mirin and called it "Japanese Prawns" but I can't find the recipe anywhere. Can you help?

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  • Devil's Food Cake

    Hi there! I attempted Nigella's Devil's Food Cake from Kitchen and it hardly rose at all. Please could you let me know what I might have done wrong? All of the ingredients were carefully measured and all at room temperature, but alas a very small cake. Thanks, Moya

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  • Beer-Braised Pork Knuckles

    Hello. I just made the Beer-Braised Pork Knuckles from Kitchen. They were great but I have a few questions. The fresh ham hocks had some patches of hair on them which you could still see on the crispy, chewy skin after cooking. I don't know if that's normal as I've never had this dish before. Should I discard those bits or do you eat them anyway? Also, the recipe doesn't specify what kinds of apples to use. I tried using Granny Smith but they turned into (delicious) mush. I know there are some better apples for baking but what apples could survive being baked for 2.5 hours? Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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  • Convection Ovens

    I have a convection oven and was wondering what temperature I should use to bake cakes and also how long to bake a cake for?  

    I've just bought a copy of Kitchen and was wondering if the temperatures stated are for fan forced or conventional ovens? Thanks, Georgie.

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  • Marmelade Pudding Cake

    I have this baking now but it seems really wet. The recipe calls for the juice of half an orange in the cake but I realize now that's really vague. How much juice should there be? Thanks

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  • Hen-Shaped Egg Basket

    Do you know where Nigella's hen-shaped wire basket (the one she keeps her eggs in) comes from? Also where can I buy the small egg whisk Nigella often uses on her show? Thank you! Leah

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