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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

  • Snowflake Ribbons

    Hi there! I just wanted to ask where do the lovely fabric snowflakes Nigella has on her chutney jars in her book Nigella Christmas come from? I would absolutely love them to wrap my Christmas foodie gifts but I've been searching every Xmas and not found them! I'm currently watching the Christmas episode of Nigella Kitchen and she also has them on jars in her larder! Many thanks!

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  • Confusion on Grating - Apple Tart

    I am a cookbook junkie and have quite a few British cookbooks. I am wondering if the word "grate" means something different to a British cook? In one book, the author said to grate hazelnuts. I have a box grater, and could imagine the scraped and bloody knuckles I'd end up with, so I chopped them instead. Then in Nigella's recipe for Translucent Apple Tart from How to Eat (p306), I grated the apple, as instructed, but I chose to use the large holes on my box grater. Somehow the look of the finished tart didn't seem to be quite like as she described, it was full of little apple strips. Should I have pureed the apple? Chopped it finely? Or is grating (on a grater) what I should do?

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  • Spruced Up Vanilla Cake Tin

    I'm planning to host a Christmas open house in December and am thinking of making the Spruced Up Vanilla Cake (from Christmas, p198), as it will look so impressive and festive on my table! However, I live in Canada and cannot find a tin like the one Nigella uses to bake the cake in. Can you tell me where to purchase the same tin or perhaps an online source to purchase it from? Many thanks.

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  • Boozy Christmas Cake-When To Eat?

    Hi. I've made the Boozy Christmas Cake and was just wondering how long it will last for? Is it like a normal Christmas cake where you feed it weekly before icing it the week before Christmas or should i just make another cake the week before Christmas and eat this one now? I'm worried about the cake drying up before Christmas. Hope you can help. Thanks Katie

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  • Ingredients Queries - Nigella Express

    Hi,  I am wanting to make the Banana Butterscotch Muffins from Nigella Express. Could you tell me if "flour" in the recipe is plain or self raising? Also throughout the book it refers to just "flour".  Please can somone just clarify this for me?  

    Hi, could you tell me what is castor sugar? And what is Italian Flour?

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  • Spiced Peaches Preserve

    Hi I'm would like to make Spiced Peach Preserve as presents for Christmas, but I'm not sure when the best time to make it is and how long it will keep? Thanks!

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  • Coconut Cake Collapse!

    I recently made the Coconut Cake from Nigella's Domestic Goddess book (p23). Both cakes were beautiful when they came out of the oven, but within 5 minutes they had collapsed down to virtually nothing! What did I do wrong?

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  • Butter Cut Out Biscuits

    What can you use instead cake flour in the Butter Cut Out Biscuits recipe from Domestic Goddess (p212)? I bought my book in the USA and now live in London. Thanks, Tanya

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