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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

  • Non-Alcoholic Feeding of Christmas Cakes

    Can I feed my Christmas cake with fresh orange juice instead of alcohol? Please could you also advise me when can I ice my cake (using fondant icicng) as I'm not sure if the icing will go hard if I ice it now? Thank you! .

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  • Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake

    I would like to make Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake (Christmas, p180) for Christmas. Would my springform pan work for this?

    I would like to make a half-sized version of the Incredibly Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake and would like your advice on quantities and cooking times.

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  • Jewelled Christmas Cake

    A few years ago I made a Nigella quick Christmas cake with a glazed fruit topping. I can't seem to find the recipe again, please could you help? With thanks.

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  • Christmas Canape - Potato Pancakes

    I am throwing a Christmas holiday party soon and I am planning on making Nigella's Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon from Nigella Express (p198). How long in advance can I griddle the potato pancakes? Thank you.

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  • Christmas Pudding - Suet Substitutes

    Hi there, I would love to try Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding (Christmas p138), but unfortunately I can't eat suet. Is it possible to substitute butter, vegetable shortening or perhaps something else for those of us of the vegetarian persuasion?

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  • Preserved Ginger in Christmas Cakes

    In the recipe for a Boozy Christmas cake, one of the ingredients calls for preserved root ginger balls. What exactly is this? Here in the US we have candied ginger. Is this is acceptable as an alternative and if so what would the quantity be? Thanks, Deborah

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  • Christmas Dinnerware Collection

    It's not really a cooking question but Nigella's Christmas book has lovely white dinnerware with red reindeer prancing about. I can't find it anywhere, and indeed probably won't, but if it would be possible to get any information on who made the plates or where she got them, perhaps they have other minimalistic jolly patterns for my own kitchen at Christmas.

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  • Christmas Pudding Steaming Times.

    I am hosting my first Christmas dinner this year and plan to make your lovely looking Christmas pudding (Christmas, p138). Being a relative novice to the cooking world, I would like to ask one question. The recipe is for a 3 pint pudding basin but I only have a 1.5 pint basin. By how much, if any, should I reduce the steaming time by? Also, would I have to reduce the steaming time on the big day? Thanks in advance!

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