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As it is the Citrus season in Australia, could you please recommend some recipes of cakes, pastries or other sweets using fresh lemons? I remember watching the latest series- Nigella Kitchen- where there was one with lemons and almond meal (ground almonds) - it looked fantastic! Thank you Patricia - NSW Australia
Posted by paviet. Answered on 21st Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I have tried with various recipes to make cream cheese icing, and each time, the icing has turned out too runny to 'frost' a cupake or carrot cake. I've tried using full fat cream cheese and the correct proportion of cream cheese to icing sugar, but still no success (e.g. 125g cream cheese, 250g icing sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice). I've tried using an electric mixer and by hand. Many thanks.
Posted by bubbleyin. Answered on 20th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
i wondered if there is an alternate substance to use instead of liquer in desserts like tiramisu and certain ice creams as I don't use alcohol at all. I don't want to miss out on the opportunity of making delicious desserts just because i dont have an alternative. Please help with suggestions.
Hi! I'm from Pakistan and don't have access to liquor or any alcoholic drink really, but Nigella's Chestnut Chocopots from the Christmas book (p98) that I've bought look so scrumptious I was wondering if they would turn out fine if I didn't add the rum or if there was any substitute I could use instead. Thank you! Shezatiq.
Posted by newbornangel. Answered on 19th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
My husband is allergic to onion and anything in the same family (leeks, spring onions, shallots, chives etc.) and can only tolerate very small amounts of garlic. Plus he hates hot and spicy food. I substitute onion with celery where applicable, and sometimes use stock powder for flavour, however I am wondering if you have any suggestions as to what I can use as an onion or garlic substitute in savoury recipes?
Posted by JessicaY. Answered on 18th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
There are a lot of recipes at the moment that seem to require coconut (milk or cream) but I'm allergic to it. What's a good alternative please? It's particularly frustrating for me when I want to do Asian-style cooking, but also cakes, biscuits etc. I've read about using regular dairy cream instead just means piling on the calories! Thanks
Posted by rose22joh. Answered on 17th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I recently bought a big amount of minced meat and spiced it with onion, garlic, allspice and unfortunately a big amount of salt. I tried to decrease the saltiness by adding bread crumbs and eggs; is there any better way to remove that excess salt?
Posted by zondoor. Answered on 16th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I have made the toffee sauce to go with the Banoffee Cheesecake (Kitchen, p133) recently. When the sauce cooled, the sauce split but I'm not sure why. I have followed the receipe correctly (I hope). I'm making this for a party in a couple of weeks time & wanted to do a trial run first but I don't know what I've done wrong. Thanks very much
Posted by Rach82. Answered on 15th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
The Marmalade Pudding cake (Kitchen) sounds and looks lovely, aside from the fact that I don't like marmalade. Can I use jam instead and adapt the sugar content so it's not too sweet?
Posted by JoM. Answered on 14th Jun 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer