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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

  • 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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  • Breakfast Bars

    Hi, I've made Nigella's Breakfast Bars twice now, but I leave out the coconut because I don't like it, and they turn out really, really, hard! Is this because I left out the coconut? Could you suggest something I could add to make them more moist? Or should I just bake for less time? Thank you!  

    Hi, I really like the look of the Breakfast Bars featured on the website but I have a nut allergy. I am just wondering if you have any suggestions of what to use instead of peanuts in this recipe?

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  • Golden Fruitcake

    Nigella's Golden Fruit Cake recipe calls for dried pears. In my area I can't get them so is there a substitute or can I make my own?

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  • Nigella's Decadent Desserts

    It is a friend's 50th birthday party and we need a inexpensive decadent dessert for 50 people. Perhaps something that can be prepared before time and then served at the appropriate time. Something really special, something in the style that Nigella would love to finish off late at night? Many thanks, Rose.

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