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Kitchen Queries

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

  • 'CUP' Measurements

    Many of your recipes have 'cup' measurements. What is a cup equal to in ounces or millilitres?

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  • Raspberry Swirl Mud Cake

    I have tried and failed miserably with white chocolate raspberry swirl mud cakes. Is there a particular way to get the raspberry puree' so it does not sink to the bottom of the cake? any possibility of you posting the actual paste/puree so i could give it another try? I have baked this cake 11 times now! Thank-you

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  • Alcohol swaps and substitutes: Mirin and Riesling

    I would love to make Nigella's Coq Au Riesling and her crab and avocado salad from the Workday Wonders episode, but I would like to make them without the alcohol. What would be good swaps for the riesling and the the mirin, respectively? Thank you!

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  • Girdlebuster Pie

    Please HELP! There are scores of us combing the internet, trying to locate the "Girdle Buster Pie" recipe you mentioned/prepared on one of your episodes. Why can't we find "Girdle Buster Pie" in your cookbooks? There is one brave soul (I think she's an American) who tried to remember the pie's ingredients/prep method and has posted her attempt out in Cyberspace. I found her posting but what she did isn't what you did on your show. Please share the recipe with your thousands of loyal viewers! THANK YOU!

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  • Storing Semifreddo

    How long will a semifreddo made with double cream keep in the freezer, and what is the best way to store it?

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  • Using Frozen Seafood

    When using frozen seafood - for example "Speedy Seafood Supper" from Nigella's "Kitchen" cookbook, is it best to buy the partially cooked or precooked seafood or the raw frozen seafood? Is there a danger of undercooking or overcooking if it's precooked and how can this be avoided? Cheers, Jenny

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  • Freezing Brownies

    I have volunteered to make a wedding cake for my youngest brother's wedding. The happy couple have decided that they'd like a chocolate cake, but as more people are now attending than they'd anticipated, I think that I'll make one cake to cut, then brownies to give to everyone. Can your chocolate brownie recipe be frozen, and if so, at what stage?

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  • UHT Cream

    I live in the Middle East and the only cream that is regulary available is in the form of UHT. Can I use UHT the same way as regular cream or do I have to treat it differently?

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