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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

  • Bittersweet Chocolate

    Hi, I am from Australia and I had thought that I could use dark chocolate for recipes using bittersweet chocolate. However today I saw Nigella use both! Please tell me what the Australian equivalent to bittersweet is? Thank you!  

    Hello, what is a semisweet chocolate? Do I have to find "semisweet chocolate" written on the pack or is it a dark chocolate with 60% cocoa? Thank you, Tavolla

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  • Tart Tin With Deep Sides

    Hello Nigella Team, I would really like to make Nigella's No Fuss Fruit Tart from Kitchen but the recipe states a 10-inch loose bottomed tart pan with sides that are 2 inches deep. My problem is that I cannot find pans that are that deep, the norm seems to be just over 1 inch deep. Would that still work in the recipe? If not could you please tell me where Nigella purchased her pan? Thank you

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  • Eggs In Desserts

    I'm allergic to eggs. Can you tell what can be the best substitutes for them, especially in desserts?

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  • Using Colouring Paste To Tint Buttercream

    Hi, every time I make my buttercream to ice my cupcakes the colouring will not blend properly. The colour always appears with the 'butter' showing through. I'm using Wilton icing colouring paste. Yellow appears to blend fine, but rose pink or royal blue always appear streaky. Every time I've tried this I get the same results, I try blending it more/less but to no avail. Any tips would be handy. Thank you.

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  • Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly

    I really want to make the Slut-Red Raspberries In Chardonnay Jelly recipe from Forever Summer, but I'm having a hard time finding gelatin sheets. Is there an equivalent amount of powdered gelatin that will produce the same results?

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  • Party Cocktail Sticks

    Hi Nigella & Co, I've seen an episode of Nigella Express countless times where Nigella cooks cocktail sausages with honey, soy sauce and sesame oil. My question is where can I find the delightful colourful cocktail sticks used to serve the sausages. I've looked almost everywhere! 

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  • Cake Crumbling

    Hi! The other day I made a coconut cake used called for coconut milk and brown sugar. I substituted the brown sugar with demerera sugar and followed the recipe accordingly. It all came out well but for the fact that it became too crumbly. The cake was too brittle even when cooled and cut. I was wondering what could cause this? Thank you.

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  • Soaking Chickpeas

    I remember watching a Nigella programme where she soaked chickpeas, I think with some bicarbonate of soda. I wanted to check if this is correct and what was the purpose of the bicarb?

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