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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

  • Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I quite often make Nigellas Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Nigella Express), which are amazing! I thought I would try and adapt the recipe for white chocolate chip cookies, by substituting the dark chocolate for white chocolate, and omitting the cocoa powder and using extra flour instead. they seemed to spread a lot more than usual. why is this and can you recommend anything to prevent this? Peel02r

    I tried Nigella's Totally Chocolate Chips cookies as per the recipe and my cookies came out unshapely or spread out too much so don't look like Nigella's cookies in the photograph. What did I do wrong? Thanks imlovelygirl

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  • Perforated Clingfilm

    Whilst in Cape Town last Christmas I purchased a roll of clingfilm which I found to be perforated to tear off easily approximately every 18 inches. It was incredibly easy to use without the neccessity of bulky dispenser units as the box was no larger than a standard box but without the useless serated cutting edges. I have not been able to find a product like it here in the UK and my roll is nearly finished. Can you help please? Regards John Moore

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  • Can Cheesecake Be Frozen?

    i would like to know if the Chocolate Lime Cheesecake in Nigella Bites can be frozen and if so for how long??

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  • Finger Foods for Party/Hen Party

    I am really stuck for ideas for my upcoming 50th birthday party in May. I want something that can be done ahead with the minimum of fuss just prior to serving. Any yummy ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Jane 

    I'm organizing a Hen party for my best friend. Unfortunately we do not have a lot of money for snacks during the evening. Do you have some advise about some nice and tasty, but not expensive, snacks we could make for the night? Thank you! Lieke

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  • Gelatine Leaves to Powder Conversion

    I have been given many fantastic receipes by my mother that use gelatine leaves. It is however very difficult to find these in South Africa. How many grams of gelatine powder would equate one gelatine leaf?

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  • Proving Bread Overnight

    I was just wondering whether you can leave bread made with fast acting dried yeast to prove over night?

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  • Substitute for Mascarpone in Tiramisu

    Its very difficult to find mascarpone here in Bangladesh, can I use cream cheese instead of mascarpone for my tiramisu? Can you also suggest a good recipe for tiramisu without using any alcohol? Is it possible to use something like digestive biscuits or sponge cake instead of Italian biscuits? If tiramisu is made with raw eggs is it going to smell eggy? Thank you.

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  • Substitute for Trifle Sponges

    I live in Italy and here you can't find the trifle sponges mentioned in some of Nigella's recipes. What could I use insted of them? Thanks, monicapb

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