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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

  • Baby Squid Substitute

    I have enjoyed the dishes in Nigella Kitchen which use baby squid, but find that it is only stocked by a limited number of fishmongers. Would it be ok to substitute for full sized squid?

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  • What Is Cake Flour?

    I have seen some recipes using cake flour. I can't get this in Australia, should I use self-raising flour or plain flour instead?

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  • How To Thaw A Frozen Cake?

    Hello! I know how to freeze a cake - wrap it tightly in foil or plastic and seal it in a freezer bag for good measure. But I'm not sure on how to thaw it. Do I leave the entire freezer bag in room temperature until the cake thaws or put it in the fridge overnight for a slow thaw? Do I remove the layers of wrapping before thawing or leave them on? And once thawed, if I were to warm the cake up slightly in a very low oven, will that dry out the cake? Thanks!

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  • Retro Sponge Flans

    On holiday in France recently I bought a beautiful old-fashioned sponge flan tin which makes 6 individual tart shells. I know that jelly and fruit would be the retro thing to fill them with but do you have some other ideas about things to spoon into my sponges?

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  • Pale Pink Redcurrant Slush Sorbet

    I have made Nigella's Redcurrant Slush sorbet, but as it churned in the ice cream machine it became almost foamy, doubled in volume and it turned out light pink in colour. Also after 3 nights in the freezer it was still very soft and did not harden at all. I skipped the Cointreau (so I could not blame the alcohol for the softness) and I use a Gaggia ice cream machine. Why does this happen and what can I do to prevent it? I would really like to have a bright red sorbet.

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  • Lemon Meringue Cake

    Dear Team Nigella, I have made Nigella's Lemon Meringue Cake (from Feast) on a number of occasions and love it. I would like to have it as dessert for a dinner party but don't have time to make it on the day. Can I make it a few days before and keep it in the fridge, or is it freezable (without the cream)? Thanks for your help, Paula3.

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  • Mountain Macaroni

    I've seen Nigella tweet yummy looking pictures of something she calls Mountain Macaroni, but I can't seem to find the recipe on the website. Is it under a different name?

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  • Single Servings

    Hi Nigella, I am a single man but I love to follow your recipes. However most of them are for more than 1 person. I know how to reduce the quantity of the ingredients but do I need to alter the cooking time?

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