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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

  • Ingredient Substitutes for Greece

    Hello, I am a Greek student and I am translating a few recipes from Nigella’s book Kitchen. However, a few of the ingredients in some of the recipes are not widely available in the Greek market. I would be grateful if you could recommend any possible substitutes for the following ingredients: bourbon biscuits (Grasshopper Pie, p182), sour cream (Maple Pecan Bundt Cake, p239), elderflower cordial (Gooseberry and Elderflower Crumble, p251). Many thanks, Maria

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  • Sticky Gingerbread

    Whenever I make the sticky gingerbread recipe from Nigella Christmas I always get lumps of flour in my batter which won't mix in, I have to push the mixture through a sieve before baking. Am I doing something wrong? I follow the recipe exactly!

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  • Watermelon Salad

    Nigella has a salad with goat cheese, black olives red onion and every year I like to make it. However I cannot find the recipe for this in Nigella's books or on-line. Where can I find it?

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  • Excess Oil From Deep Frying

    I've always wanted to deep fry potatoes, fish and other things but I have yet to find a safe yet efficient method of disposing of the extravagant amount of oil that results from deep frying. I have heard of oil bins but I probably will never have access to one and I have heard that you can reuse the oil but I really don't want to have the bother of getting another container to store it. Is there any other way?

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  • Red Velvet Cake

    In Nigella's recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes (in Kitchen), it says that the recipe will make enough batter for 2 x 25cm cake tins. How long would you suggest I cook them for?

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  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae

    I have a question about the sauce for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae that Nigella has in her Express book. In the book she makes it using double cream and golden syrup and on the dvd she makes it using sweetened condensed milk. Everything else seems to be the same except for this. I'm not sure which recipe to follow?

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  • Lemon Meringue Cake or Strawberry?

    Hello NIgella Team, I have both Forever Summer and Feast and am attempting 10 or so desserts for a friends wedding at the end of the month. I want to make the Lemon Meringue cake from Feast and then found the Strawberry version in Forever Summer, both recipes are slightly different, with the amount of butter and flour. I wondered if one had been derived after the other and had a better finish? I'll freeze both cakes until the day. Very many thanks, Sam

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  • Hokey Pokey

    Hi, I have made the Hokey Pokey 4 times now following the recipe and instructions and every time its too sticky and chewy, not crunchy at all. Please can you tell me where I am going wrong? Thank you so much.  

    I have tried, on 3 different occasions, to make some Hokey Pokey (Nigella Express). Every time I try, it just comes out super flat and very sticky, like unwieldy taffy. Sigh. Any ideas?

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