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Latest Queries

  • Aniseeds

    Where can you buy the aniseeds for Nigella's Aniseed Shortbread? 

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  • Quick Calabrian Lasagne

    Can you freeze leftovers of the Quick Calabrian Lasagne? If so, how best to warm it up? Thank you.

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  • Sticky Pavlova.

    Hi Nigella, I'm from Malaysia. It is hot and humid here. I have tried to bake Pavlova. unfortunately, it is not hard on the outside. It is sticky. I have tried a few times but the results were still the same. The exterior is sticky. Not crunchy like how I saw it in your show. I have tried with a pinch of cream of tartar and baked at 120c for 1.5 hours, with at the starting of the baking temperature is at 150c. My oven is fan forced oven.

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  • Ingredients Queries - Cornstarch, EVO, Suet

    Is cornstarch the same as cornflour? Thanks!  

    Hi! What is EVO? I want to make the Persian Lamb Stew but not familiar with the term. Bellwilde.

    I live in Greece and both suet and white vegetable fat are unavailable. Although I have used olive oil in pastry it does not seem to have the same texture as a mix of butter and white fat. Can you suggest a substitute please?

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  • Dried Fruit

    Hello there, I received many different and exotic dried fruit recently (dried kiwi, pineapple, figs, dates, cranberries, prunes, apricots, etc.). Any suggestions as to how to use them please? I have about 3 or 4 kilos combined. Thank you, Irina.

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  • Pans For Frying

    Hello! In the Kitchen TV show, I have noticed that Nigella fried her churros in a Le Creuset pan. I can't afford such a pan so which type of pan do you suggest for frying this type of food? Thank you!

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  • Double Cream Equivalent

    Hi there, I am in NZ and am wondering what you would use as double cream in the likes of the Key Lime Pie? I used thickened cream last time but would you just use our normal pouring cream that is whipped? Thanks

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  • Keralan Curry

    I love Nigella's Keralan Fish Curry recipe. Is it OK to make it with chicken instead of fish?

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