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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

  • Strawberry Ice Cream

    Hi! Yesterday I made the Strawberry Ice Cream from Nigella's book- Forever Summer. Since I didn't have a vanilla pod, I ended up putting a capful of vanilla essence. Though I followed the recipe to the "T", the end result has a very strong eggy after taste, and not delectible at all! The vanilla taste is also noticeable. What did I do wrong? Thanks! Love, Surbhi, India

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  • Sauce Suggestions

    As a student cooking for one, and some days not eating meat, I need more simple, healthy sauces that can work well with a mix of veggies and pulses. They should also freeze well. I've been using herbs with tinned tomatoes too often; can you suggest other sauces to try?

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  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Icing

    How long does Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake Icing keep in the freezer? Thank you.

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  • Cakes For Kugelhopf Pan

    I have just bought a 22cm diameter, 10-cup kugelhopf pan, on impulse. And it's silicone, not metal. I'm actually not very excited by the yeasted traditional kugelhopf recipes so I'm wondering if I can use it like a metal bundt or tube pan and make ordinary English pound-type cakes in it, just in a pretty kugelhopf shape. Any advice gratefully received - I can't find this info anywhere on the internet!

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  • Tin For Chocolate Key Lime Pie

    Hello there, I am desperate to make Nigella's Chocolate Key Lime Pie, however cannot find a 23cm by 5cm deep fluted tart tin. I've tried John Lewis and Divertimenti but still no luck! Do you know where I could source this or what size alternative will still work? Many thanks Sarahann1.

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  • Leftover Guinness

    Is it possible to freeze leftover Guinness? Seems a waste to have to throw away half a can after one measure for the Chocolate Guinness Cake. I know it wouldnt be suitable for "drinking" but maybe for the next cake? Thank you!

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  • Lemon Polenta Cake

    Dear Nigella Team, I have just seen NIgella on TV making the Lemon Polenta Cake and I think that my family would love it, particularly as I have family members who are gluten intolerant.  However I was also wondering if I could replace the sugar with fructose? Thank you in advance, Alexandra

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  • Easter Egg Nest Cake

    I find the dark chocolate used in the topping for Nigella's Easter Egg Nest Cake a little rich and sharp, have you any suggestions as to how to reduce this?

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