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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

  • Cheesecake Queries - Cookies & Cream/Peanut Butter

    The Oreo Cookies and Cream recipe in the recipes section of Nigella.com Recipe has for the base: 250g plain chocolate digestives and 150g melted butter.  Is that right? I just made the base and it was totally runny - had to add 100g more digestives and its still a bit soggy. Thanks, Gwen

    Hello. I have tried out many of your recipes and I must say that they have never failed. However, when I was going through your Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe (Kitchen, p175), I was at a loss because I do not have a food processor. How do i process the chocolate chips along with the digestive biscuits and butter? Please do help me out! Regards, Mary Susan

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  • Substitution for Mayonnaise in Salad Dressings

    i have been wanting to make my own salad dressings and have most of the ingredients on hand. My main problem is that many recipes call for mayonnaise, which is something my husband and I despise. What can I use instead? The current recipe only calls for 2 tbsp (30 ml) but some casear dressings call for much more. Thank you! Loving fan Sonja

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  • Sunken cakes

    My cakes always rise beautifully in the oven but then sink when I take them out. Please tell me what I am doing wrong. Thanks!

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  • BBQ en Masse

    My daughter's christening is coming up in July, we are having the party in my house/garden, there will be around 50 guests, we are having a BBQ. What would you suggest as good food to make en masse? My in-laws never cook easy buffet-type food, it's always rice dishes with stews (they are African), I need something to rival their food!

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  • Silver Dragees

    Dear Nigella and Team! I have seen you using gold and silver tiny tiny non-pareils or dragees. You have featured them in How To Be A Domestic Goddess while making Christmas tree decorations. My parents are soon having a wedding anniversary. My sisters and I would like to impress them with a cake and to make a pattern on the cake we need those tiny tiny sugar dragees. I have looked everywhere and I could not find them. Please let me know where I could buy them online as I do not live in the UK at the moment. Best regards, Kelly

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  • Birthday Cupcakes and Lemon Royal Icing

    hello, i am looking to make some fancy cupcakes for my daughter's birthday. Do you have a recipe? I would like to make different flavours of butter cream and different coloured icing too. Thank you, brighteyes30.

    I'm going to be making cupcakes for a wedding and some of them are going to be lemon flavoured. I usually use butter icing, but for this I am going to make royal icing and wondered how much lemon juice I could substitute in place of water to make the icing? I want it quite lemony, but still sweet. Thanks, jojoscot.

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  • Double Cream in France

    I want to make a cake and the recipe has a double cream filling. I'm in France and it's impossible to buy double cream, or whipping cream, as we would normally find in the UK. What would you use, especially when making sweet recipes, as a substitute?

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  • Melted Butter

    When I melt butter for a recipe I find it starts to separate. Have I warmed it too much? If so, what's the secret to getting it just right?

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