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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

  • Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake

    Hi, I have made Nigella's Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake twice. Each time I poured the truffle mixture in, the meringue absorbed all the liquid, became soggy and pretty much disappeared. Is the meringue supposed to do this? Or have I done something wrong? Also the second time I made it the meringue also cracked in the oven - it developed big gashes in it and I could see the base of the pan! Everyone still loved the cake on the both occasions!

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  • Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pie

    Hi! I do not own individual pie dishes so would I be able to double the recipe for my family and cook it all in one dish instead (such as the one I would use for fish pie)? Would I need to cook the pastry for longer? Thank you.

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  • Rolled Oats

    Hi, I am planning to make the granola bars that were featured in Nigella Feasts. It mentions rolled oats as one of the ingredients. However, I haven't had any luck in finding rolled oats. Can you please suggest an alternative? Thanks, Deepti.

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  • Making Aioli

    I am thinking of making aioli and wondered if Nigella has any good recipes?

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  • Mixers

    Hi, I would like to buy a KitchenAid large bowl mixer but cannot find anywhere in the UK. I have seen them used on TV a few times by Nigella and othere chefs so wondered if you could help with sources? It is the large mixer, 6.9 litre bowl and with a tilt head. Many thanks.

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  • Duck Legs And Potatoes

    Hi, sometime ago I watched a show where Nigella cooked some duck legs and potatoes in a pan in the oven. I saw only patches and would love that recipe please. It was all done in a pan and in the oven. Thank you! Andre.

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  • Mushrooms For Coq Au Reisling

    I was wondering if I could substitute another kind of mushroom for the "oyster mushrooms" in Coq Au Riesling? As the oyster mushrooms are extremely hard to find where I live, and probably out of my budget. Portabella or moonlight mushrooms, maybe? Thanks so much.

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  • Streaky Spruced Up Vanilla Cake

    I made two of Nigella's Spruced Up Vanilla Cakes yesterday. One was the vanilla cake and the other was the variation with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The vanilla one was fine but the other came out with veins of what looked like uncooked mixture. I baked it for the recommended times at the right temperature. Is there any other way of ensuring this cake comes out the desired way? I did use a Bundt tin.

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