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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

  • Lemon Polenta Cake

    I live in Pakistan and I would like to make Nigella's Lemon Polenta Cake (from Kitchen) but I am having trouble locating polenta or cornmeal. Could you please be kind enough to recommend a substitute or can I just replace the polenta with more ground almonds?

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  • Vegetable Shortening

    Please could you tell me if I can use margarine as a substitute for vegetable shortening?

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  • Condensed Milk

    I would like to try the recipe for Nigella's Breakfast Bars (from Nigella Express) but can you tell me if the condensed milk to use is the sweetened one or unsweetened? Thanks.

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  • Round to Square Fruit Cake

    Hi! I am making Nigella's Christmas Cake for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary and I want to use a 10 inch square tin. Can you give me an idea of the quantity of ingredients? Thanks.

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  • Size of Diced Sweet Potatoes

    Hello Nigella. Recently I prepared your magnificent Ginger Chilli Bass Fillets & Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Dhal, a perfect recipe for guests in Cape Town, South Africa. When dicing the sweet potatoes, I wasn't sure how large the pieces should be for an effective dhal. In typical fashion I had left them "too big" (around 3-4 cubed centimeters each), leading me to scoop them out and rechop them on the board, trying not to burn my fingers. Fortunately the wine helped numb any pain I would've felt! Is there a standard chopping size? Personally I prefer the dhal quite chunky to complement the fish, but I'm sure if it's smooth it would taste just as good. Is there a preferred chopping "size" given the cooking time of the potato and the lentils?

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  • Garlic Flavoured Olive Oil

    Hi! I have several of Nigella's books and she has many recipes that use garlic flavoured olive oil. How I can make my own flavoured olive oil with garlic or with other flavours? Thank you.

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  • Cookie Dough In Advance

    Hi there! Can you please let me know if the Cookie Dough in Nigella Kitchen can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge overnight before baking. Thanks.

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  • What Are "Cups"

    Hello Nigella, I am a French Domestic Goddess and I love everything you do. My only question is what do you mean by a cup ? Is it a large one, a small one, a medium one? I am not used to them because in France we talk about "kilos" or "grammes". Please help! Marie-Agnes, Paris

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