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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

  • Baking a Cake in Normal Ovens & Fan Ovens

    Please let me know the time and temperature i need to set for a normal cake?  

    Could you tell me please if it's wise to turn down the temperature 20 centigrade when I'm baking in a fan oven? I find that sometimes when I bake in my oven my food comes out a little different from when I bake in a conventional oven. I have used a conventional oven around a friends house with a few of Nigella's recipes, and they come out perfect. However, at home, they don't seem to pack that punch. Many Thanks, Nathalie

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  • Cocoa Powder in Book Photo & Red Letter Mugs

    Hello! there is a tin of cocoa powder in the picture illustrating the Irish Cream Tiramisu recipe from Express (p134-5). Could you please tell me what the brand is? Thanks! 

    I have seen Nigella using a cream mug with a large letter N in red on it; where did she get this from?

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  • Storing Moonblush Tomatoes

    I have made Nigella's "Moonblush Tomatoes" (Nigella Express, p127) and was wondering what the best way to store them would be, and how long for?

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  • Icing The Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    I love the Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake (Feast, p269), but was wondering would it be dense enough to take a fondant covering along with a few fondant decorations? Absolutely love Nigella's recipes! Thank you so much.

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  • Chickpea & Chorizo Stew/Buttermilk Chicken

    I watched a show on TV where Nigela cooked a Chickpea & Chorizo Stew with couscous, but can not find the receipe anywhere. Could you please let me know where to find it? Thanks, Jim

    I'm looking for a recipe Nigella once made with chicken, marinated in buttermilk. She made it in an episode in which she also made a coleslaw with pecans, hokey pokey, and rocky road bars. Now, those recipes I've found, but the one with chicken is unfindable. Can you help me out? Eva

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  • Duck Recipe

    I cooked the Roast Duck Legs and Potatoes recipe from Nigella - Kitchen (p388). The recipe states oven 200C and cook for 2 hours. The duck was over-cooked. Is the oven temperature wrong or is the 2 hours cooking time incorrect? Please advise.

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  • Pumpkin Puree for Pumpkin & Parmesan Scones

    I'd really like to try and make Nigella's Pumpkin and Parmesan Scones (Kitchen, p452) but I can't find any canned pumpkin puree at my local stores. Could you suggest an alternative please? Thank you, Kerry

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  • Carrots Turning Green in Carrot Muffins

    I make a lot of cakes, I cook most days and am pleased with most of my creations (I say most, but not all work out as they should!) The other day I made a dozen carrot muffins. The ingredients were nothing out of the ordinary for muffins. All of the ingredients were well in date and fresh. My kitchen top was very clean prior to cooking. Why then, when I cut into the muffins they had emerald green flecks in them? Most unusual. They tasted fine but I was glad that they were for my own consumption and not made especially for a friend.My Mother In Law (who is a good cook) has no idea either. Please help! Kind Regards Liz

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