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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Alternative for Basil

    I know everyone raves about it, but I hate fresh basil. What would you suggest as an alternative?

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  • Hokey Pokey Rainbow

    Hi! I love making Nigella's Hokey Pokey and i was just wondering if you can make hokey pokey in different colours, to use as decoration on cupcakes. Thank you, Carl

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  • Thick Cream or Double Cream

    What does Nigella you mean when she writes in a recipe "thick cream or double cream"? Thank you so much !

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  • Candied Chestnuts

    Hi, I saw one of Nigella's TV programmes, I don't recall which episode it was, where Nigella was in her pantry and she picked up a tin of gold wrapped chestnuts. What is the brand? I'd like to order them online. Also, there was another episode when she made a dessert from a sort of chestnut paste which she scooped out of a tin can into a martini glass. She then topped it with some whipped cream. Again, what is the name of that brand? It looked absolutely delicious! Thank you! Amanda

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  • Fresh Curry Leaves

    Where can I buy fresh curry leaves - loose but preferably as a plant? Can they be purchased online?

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  • Rice in Stew

    I saw Nigella do a receipe ages ago, where she cooked a tomato sauce and added rice which swelled the sauce up and gave it substance. Can you let me know which recipe this is? Many thanks Emily.

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  • Canapes with Class

    Hi there! Can you please point me to recipes for snacks and finger food for a classy, formal, cocktail birthday celebration? Thanks! Lynette

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  • Fish Sauce Substitute

    I have all of Nigella's cookbooks and some recipes call for fish sauce. My children and I are allergic to it and my husband doesn't like it. What can we substitute in place of fish sauce without sacrificing some of the authenticity of taste? 

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