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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

  • Flat Biscuits

    I have been trying to make shaped biscuits. I follow the recipe, make sure I don't over mix, chill the mixture slightly if the mixture is too warm, pre heat the oven and yet they they all come out looking like puddles! Do you know what is happening?

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  • Steamed Suet Puddings

    I want to know two things. Can I make suet puddings (savoury) in advance a couple of days? If I use leftovers from the Sunday lunch meat does the pastry take less time to cook?

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  • Rocket Pesto

    I read the Basil Pesto recipe on Nigella's website and want to know if I can use rocket instead of basil? Or do you have a recipe?

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  • Rocky Road Crumbling When Cut

    I made Nigella's Christmas Rocky Road which was divine but many of the pieces were lost in crumbs as they did not keep together when I cut it into pieces. i'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any tips for it not to happen again?

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  • Spanish Chicken With Chorizo

    I used cured chorizo in the Spanish Chicken With Chorizo recipe and it became very hard, almost inedible and my adult children said it almost needed a gravy. In Australia We also have sausages which are chorizo flavoured, should I have used these instead? 

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  • Sugar For Marmalade

    Should you use cane sugar or beet sugar for marmalade? Also Can I mix preserving sugar and granulated sugar?

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  • Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Cake

    I make the Chocolate Fudge Cake from the Nigella Bites book very regulary. It is very popular with my friends and family. I need to make a gluten free cake for a christening and I would like to know if it would work if I substitute the flour for ground almonds? Many thanks.

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  • Clementine Cake

    I would like to make Nigella's Clementine Cake and wondering if instead of boiling the fruit for 2 hours, could the clementines could be cooked in a pressure cooker? If yes, then for how long and at what pressure?

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