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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

  • Christmas Pudding - Suet Substitutes

    Hi there, I would love to try Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding (Christmas p138), but unfortunately I can't eat suet. Is it possible to substitute butter, vegetable shortening or perhaps something else for those of us of the vegetarian persuasion?

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  • Preserved Ginger in Christmas Cakes

    In the recipe for a Boozy Christmas cake, one of the ingredients calls for preserved root ginger balls. What exactly is this? Here in the US we have candied ginger. Is this is acceptable as an alternative and if so what would the quantity be? Thanks, Deborah

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  • Christmas Dinnerware Collection

    It's not really a cooking question but Nigella's Christmas book has lovely white dinnerware with red reindeer prancing about. I can't find it anywhere, and indeed probably won't, but if it would be possible to get any information on who made the plates or where she got them, perhaps they have other minimalistic jolly patterns for my own kitchen at Christmas.

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  • Christmas Pudding Steaming Times.

    I am hosting my first Christmas dinner this year and plan to make your lovely looking Christmas pudding (Christmas, p138). Being a relative novice to the cooking world, I would like to ask one question. The recipe is for a 3 pint pudding basin but I only have a 1.5 pint basin. By how much, if any, should I reduce the steaming time by? Also, would I have to reduce the steaming time on the big day? Thanks in advance!

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  • Christmas Sprinkles

    Please can you let me know where Nigella gets her sugar Christmas sprinkles?

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  • Christmas Cupcakes

    I adore the flavour of Nigella's Christmas Cupcakes in How To Be A Domestic Goddess (p267). As I am keen to make multiple batches this Christmas I was wondering if it's possible to make them in the food processor? Also can you suggest an alternative icing or frosting to the ready-roll icing - perhaps something incorporating Christmassy spices also? Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  • Cocktail Pumpernickel Rounds

    Hi, I have a Christmas dinner party coming up and I'd love to make the Crostini with Avocado and Green Pea Hummus featured in Nigella Express (p201). However in the U.K. I can't seem to find the pumpernickel rounds she mentions. The ones used look more like a crunchy biscuit or cracker than a soft bread. I travel a lot and I'm in the U.S.A. often, so I'd love to know which brand they are or where can I find them if they are not easliy available in the UK.

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  • Help With Rudolph Pie

    I'm going to make Rudolph Pie (from Nigella Bites) for a food GCSE exam and wondered if I would be able to make the pie filing in exactly the same way, but then put it in a pastry case? If I do, how long would I need to bake it for? Thanks! Lauren

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