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Latest Queries

  • 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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  • Tamarind Paste Substitute

    Good morning, I live in Belgium and cannot find tamarind paste. What can i use instead? Thank you very much!

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  • Christmas (Thanksgiving) Turkey

    I'm going to have more about 20 people over for Thanksgiving this year. I usually have only 4 of us and I always use Nigella's brining recipe, but with this many more people, I am going to need a bigger turkey! How should I increase the brining recipe for my bigger turkey? Thanks - Heidi

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  • Baileys in Christmas Cake

    I have been researching various recipes for "black cake." One version suggests the addition of Baileys to the soaking liquor for an extra special touch. I was thinking of adding it to this and also the soaked fruit for my usual Christmas cake. Would the fact that Baileys is a cream-based liqueur affect the keeping time and quality of the cake? Many thanks. Deane-Mae

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  • Are All Bundt Tins The Same Size?

    I've recently bought a Nordic ware star shaped bundt tin and I am wondering if all Nordic ware bundt tins are the same size. If so can the Spruced Up Cake (Christmas p198) or the Maple Pecan Bundt Cake (Kitchen, p239) just as easily be baked in this tin ?

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