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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

  • Steaming of Christmas Pudding

    Hi, I was wondering if you have a scientific explanation for why I need to steam the pudding for x hours on Christmas day? My husband wants to heat it up in the oven as that is how his mum did it 50 years ago! Need help! H

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  • Cooking Time for Hams

    I couldn't find a 5kg ham and only managed to get 2kg for Nigella's Ginger-Glazed Ham (Christmas, p102). How does that change cooking time? Do I need to boil it for full 4 hours, or should it be shorter?

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  • Reheating Christmas Pudding

    Hi, I have made Nigella's Christmas pudding and I want to give one to my Mum but don't want to have to leave her to steam the pudding a second time. If I steam it again and leave it for her to heat in the microwave, how long will the pudding last once the second steaming has been done? Can you suggest times for reheating in a microwave? I have made her a 2pt pudding. Thank you.

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  • Allspice Gravy for a Turkey Crown

    I would like to make Nigella's Allspice Gravy for Christmas but I am cooking a crown as opposed to a whole turkey. I will still be using the brine method. How do I make the stock for the gravy as I won't have the giblets? Thanks in advance

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  • Freezing Cakes for Christmas

    Hi, can you freeze Nigella's Clementine Cake (How To Eat, p75)? If so how long should you leave it to defrost? Thanks! 

    Does the Chocolate Guinness Cake (Feast, p286) freeze well if I leave off the topping? I regularly make this fantastic cake, and this Christmas I have promised to make it for 3 different people. If so, how long do you think it would take to defrost? I know it will taste far better fresh, but I'm not going to be in my own home over Christmas and don't trust the oven I would be using! Many thanks in advance for your help.

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  • Port and Stilton Gravy

    Hello! Two years ago, Nigella made a lovely Port and Stilton Gravy on her Christmas TV show. I have been trying to find the recipe but it has been removed from the BBC website. Can you help, as I have made it before and it was really lovely, but I can't remember how I made it! Thank you.

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  • Girdlebuster Pie as a Christmas Dessert

    Hello, I am from NZ and love watching Nigellas show on Food TV. For Christmas this year, we have decided to try something new for dessert and on last night's episode I saw Nigella create this ice cream, butterscotch and biscuit indulgence, but I can't seem to find the recipe anywhere. It had a chocolate/biscuit base (or crust), filled with ice cream and topped with a toffee/bourbon/butterscotch sauce. It looked amazing so I would love to try this for my family this year. Any help in locating the recipe would be greatly appreciated!   

    In Nigella's Christmas Kitchen TV show on Nov.22nd in NZ, a tart was 'created' with a biscuit crumb/choc chip base, filled with coffee ice cream and topped with butterscotch sauce. It was then frozen. I am trying to locate the receipe for the ingredient measurements but can not find it- help please! Many thanks. Barb. 

    I saw Nigella make the Girdlebuster Pie but I cannot find the recipe. It had a biscuit base, coffee ice cream filling and butterscotch sauce topping. I would really love it if I could find this recipe as I would love to make it this Xmas for my kids and partner. Thanks, Rhinofoxy.

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  • Cranberry-Studded Mincemeat

    Hello. I have been watching Nigella make her Cranberry-Studded Mincemeat, it sounds lovely! I really dislike 'normal' mincemeat so this recipe sounds so much nicer. The thing is, neither myself or my husband drink and I was wondering what you could use instead of the port and brandy in the recipe? Many thanks in advance, Rosie

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