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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

  • 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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  • Nut Allergy

    Are their any regular subsitues for nuts at all when baking cakes, or can you just leave them out?

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  • Resting Pie Dough/Pastry

    I know that resting dough/pastry is an integral part of the pie making process but how long can you rest dough for in the fridge prior to using it? The reason I am asking ask is that I am wondering whether I can make the dough in the morning and then complete the pie making process in the evening? Obviously there are often raw eggs involved so I imagine you can't leave it overnight! Thanks!

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  • Types of Chiles (Chillies) Used in Recipes

    Hello! When Nigella calls for "chiles" in recipes, is there a way to know if she means cayenne (long red hot peppers) or jalepenos (shorter often green hot peppers) or another type of pepper. I am from the U.S. and we have several types of hot peppers available in most grocery stores. Thanks!

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  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake as Cupcakes

    I have often made your Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake from Feast (p269) for family birthdays, and am wondering wether the recipe would translate to cupcakes? It's just such a wonderful rich moist mixture, and with that sour cream frosting, would make an amazing cupcake. Would it work to make a batch and then cook it in cupcake papers for a shorter amount of time? Thanks so much, Al.

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  • White vs Yellow Mustard Seeds

    A group of us are planning a mid-winter Christmas feast in New Zealand during July. My contribution will be cooking the turkey using Nigella's Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey recipe however I'm having a lot of trouble sourcing White Mustard Seeds (in both New Zealand and Australia). I have found Yellow Mustard Seeds but can not find anywhere that confirms if they are the same or interchangeable. Please advise if yellow mustard seeds are the same as white ones or at least can be used as an alternative?

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