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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

  • 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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  • Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars

    Hello, I have made the Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars and they are delicious. However, I have a problem with them "sweating" ie. water droplets forming on them once I put them in the fridge. I make sure they are as cool as possible beforehand, but it still happens. I have had this problem with other homemade chocolate snacks before, too. What can I do? Thank you

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  • Measuring Sour Cream

    For Nigella's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake one of the ingredients is sour cream, but the measurement is in mililitres. The problem is that the sour cream is not completely liquid (I did leave out to get to room temperature) so I could not put into a measuring jug. Can you give any advice regarding converting mililitres to grammes if the ingredient is not completely fluid, e.g. sour cream or cream cheese? Thanks

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