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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

  • Christmas Preparation - Cake and Puddings

    Hi I have had the pleasure of using Nigella's Christmas book, for my cake, for the last three years. Now i have a problem. I have been asked to make smaller cakes, 3 inches, to be precise, as gifts. So I have small tins but no idea about proportions for ingredients. The cakes in the book are 7, 9 and 10 inches. Is there an easy way to calculate ingredients for 3 and 6 inch cakes? Kind regards and fantastic book by the way! Al.

    Is it too early to make Christmas Puddings in September? Stephamb.

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  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

    Hi, Where can I buy the gianduja (chocolate hazelnut paste) used in Nigella's Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake recipe in the first episode of Nigellissima. (I live in UK, is there an online shop to get it from?) Thanks.

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  • Help With A Pasta Sauce

    I enjoy creating pasta sauces, but mine always seem to be tomato based and I'd like to be more adventurous. Could you please recommend a pasta sauce I could try? Thank you!

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  • Where To Buy Italian Sausages

    The Nigellissima book has a recipe for Italian Sausages with Beans & Roasted Red Peppers. Do I really need to buy red vermouth? And where can I buy Italian sausages? Thanks!

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  • Saving Sake

    Hi! A lot of recipes ask for sake, but only 2-3 tablespoons. I don't know what I would do with a full bottle, since I don't drink. can I store it in fridge? How long will it keep for?

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  • Slow Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken

    Hello! I tried making Slow Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken (from Forever Summer) for dinner yesterday and usually all of Nigella's recipes are easy and turn out delicious. But for this one the chicken and sauce were terribly bitter. I used limes instead of lemons so was wondering if it may be because of the rind from the lime? Would that have made a difference? If not what could have turned my dinner into such a disaster? Also I have a convection oven, how does that affect temperature and time? Thanks, Ayeshah.

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  • Chicken Schitzel

    Hello, Im going to cook Nigella's Chicken Schnitzel with Bacon & White Wine, but which white wine should I use? Thank you.

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  • South Indian Vegetable Curry

    Hello! I would love to make Nigella's South Indian Vegetable Curry from Kitchen (p155) but I can't find tamarind paste. How can I replace it in this recipe? Thank you.

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