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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

  • 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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  • Home-Made Christmas Gifts

    I would love to make some cookies or sweets as Christmas gifts. Do you have any suggestions?

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  • Nigella's Yule Log

    I made Nigella's lovely Yule Log (Christmas, p191) with great success - it looked exactly like the picture in the book and tasted lovely. However my kids didn't like the bitterness of the dark chocolate in the frosting. Can this be made with milk chocolate, or do you have any other suggestions please? Many thanks.

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  • Chilli Jelly - Alternatives To Jam Sugar

    I would like to make the Chilli Jelly from Christmas (p241) and don't have jam sugar but I do have bottled Certo and preserving sugar. How much would you suggest I add and when during the cooking process? Regards Michelle.  

    Hi, I'd like to make the Chilli Jam from Nigella Christmas, but I don't know if I can find the jam sugar where I live. What can I use instead of it?

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  • Christmas Ham In Coca-Cola

    I can't find a raw gammon ham where I live (Victoria, Australia) so although I would really like to try your Ham in Coca Cola recipe (How To Eat, p325) at Christmas I don't think I can get the right ingredient. Is it possible instead to boil an already cooked ham in the cola? Thank you for your time. 

    What can I substitute for the treacle in the Ham in coca cola recipe? Buddigirl

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  • Christmas Brunch - Cheese Strata

    Last December I watched a special Christmas Nigella episode on Food Network in the US. She made a wonderful dish that was very similar to a recipe I have called "Cheese Strata". I think the ingredients were scallions, cheese, eggs and milk. I searched diligently on Food Network's website and found the episode, but no recipes were provided. I've also searched on this website with "cheese" and "souffle" but still no success. I would love to make this for my family this Christmas. Hoping you can help! Beverly

    Hi there, in New Zealand Nigella's Christmas Kitchen is showing - I'm unsure which season though. There was a recipe for cheese and onion strata, pie or souffle? It was a rich cheesy egg mixture poured over sliced baguettes and has mozzarella cheese and cheddar. Please guide me to the right recipe! Teena999

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  • Turkey Brine Bouquet Garni

    Hi Nigella and team! I can't help but wonder what you mean by bouquet garni in terms of Nigella's turkey brine recipe (Feast, p10). It seems that the recipe asks for everything in a bouquet garni already, which is why I wonder why you include it? Also, I wish you would promote your sweet potato casserole (Feast, p29) more often as its fantastic and a great addition to both the Thanksgiving and Christmas table!

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  • Christmas Trifle

    Dear Nigella, I would love to serve your Boozy British Trifle (Christmas, p42) as the centerpiece of my Christmas dessert table this year, but a number of my guests are allergic to nuts. Thus the lovely pistachio garnish is off-limits. Could you suggest a similarly glorious, gorgeous, nut-free alternative? Many thanks, Jennifer M.

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