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Latest Queries

  • Double Yolked Eggs

    I recently bought a carton of eggs and was delighted when I cracked open the first egg to find two yolks. Delight turned into confusion when I was 4 eggs and 8 yolks into my carton. Since the recipe (Nigella's Spruced Up Vanilla Cake from Christmas, p198) calls for 6 eggs, I was unsure how to continue. I ended up including two more egg whites. Is there a recommended way for dealing with double-yolked eggs in baking? Or should they just be treated as regular eggs? After all, their weights are the same.

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  • Substitute For Vegetable Shortening?

    I am making chocolate from cocoa powder to decorate my cake, and the recipe says that I need vegetable shortening for this. iI am not able to find any vegetable shortening in my city, is there any substitute for it?

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  • Uses For Pumpkin?

    I have just bought a big pumpkin for carving on Halloween and I was wondering if I can use the flesh for anything?

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  • Chilli Lights in Nigella's Kitchen

    Where can I get some of the chilli fairy lights that we see in Nigella's kitchen in photos?? They'd look fab adorning my new country style kitchen!

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  • Storing Christmas Puddings

    Hi, I made Nigella's Christmas pudding last week, and used a plastic pudding bowl. Actually I made 6 puddings for friends of mine and for gifts and I wanted to keep them in the plastic bowls as storage until Christmas. Is that ok or should I be taking them out and wrapping them up in paper? As they will be gifts, i want them to taste perfect! I have them stored with some fresh baking paper on top of the pudding and in a large plastic storage box in my spare room. Thanks, Jenny

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  • Food Mixers

    I was wondering as I am getting a food mixer for my 21st birthday, which is the best one to get? I know kenwood do some very good ones! However, i'm not so keen on the £400 price tag! Any suggestions? Thank you, Amy  

    Food processor v. KitchenAid - I have a Kenwood food processor which I just love, but I'm also rather enamoured with Nigella's KitchenAid. However, I've looked up the prices online and I just can't justify the expense to my husband, sadly. I was wondering - what tasks do you use a KitchenAid for that you can't use a food processor for? Are the two machines interchangeable? What is a food processor categorically not suitable for? Many thanks in advance! Alice x

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  • Turkey Not Cooked?

    Hi, I use an instant read thermometer when roasting free range chicken and turkey (185F at thigh and 165F at the breast). I let the bird sit and rest, but when I go to carve it - the dark meat is near raw in some places. Help!

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  • Nigella's Chocolate Cheesecake

    Hello, Part of the recipe for the chocolate cheesecake filling is the custard powder. My question is how much custard powder needed? It isn't mentioned in the recipe. Thank you and looking forward to your reply. Kind regards, Arnold Lanse

    I have just received the above recipe, but do not know what "Jackson Pollock" means. Can you advise please. Anssey.

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