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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

  • No-Bake Cheesecake

    Hi Nigella, I would like to know if it is necessary to add gelatin to no-bake cheesecakes? Previously the no-bake cheesecake that I made was not firm and solid, it became very sloppy although I had placed it in the fridge for some time. Is adding gelatine the solution, or are there other ways to overcome this?

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  • Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

    Nigella's recipe for Chocolate Pistachio Fudge uses condensed milk as an ingredient. In Australia, we have both sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Do you mean the former? I used sweetened condensed milk and the recipe was terrific but I don't know if I've unintentionally improvised or used the correct ingredient?

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake

    Can you freeze Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake before icing it? Cal. 

    I am making Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake for St. Patrick's Day (17th March). If using margarine instead of butter is it best to use soft or hard margarine? Many thanks, Kevin.

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  • Potato Ricer

    Hi Team Nigella, I just wondered which potato ricer Nigella uses?

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  • Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    Hi! I recently made Nigella's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake (with sour cream), which asks you to use an electric mixer (which I don't have), to combine the flour etc with the butter. I used a hand held electric whisk instead, but the result was very heavy and dense. Is there a better way of making this cake by hand, or where did I go wrong? The icing was delicious though! Many thanks, Judith

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  • Yorkshire Pudding Pizza

    I saw Nigella make a pizza on TV with some cheese and pepperoni on it and she made the crust with a Yorkshire pudding recipe. Could you tell me where to find it?

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  • Nigella's Wok Oil

    In the Nigellissima series, Nigella referred to wok oil. Where can I purchase this as I haven't been able to find it locally. Many thanks. Gill x.

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  • Beef Stew With Anchovies And Thyme

    I would like to make Nigella's Beef Stew With Anchovies and Thyme. I do not have anchovies but I do have anchovy paste. Can I substitute this? Thanks, Stephanie.   

    Dear Nigella Team, I was wondering if it's possible to freeze the anchovies from an opened can. Sometimes in recipes you only need part of the contents of a can, and I feel bad throwing the rest away. I don't particularly like to eat them just from the can, since their taste is very strong. So would it be possible to freeze the anchovies that are left over? Thank you very much in advance for the answer! Lucy.

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