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Latest Queries

  • Wok And Platter

    Hello Nigella Team, can you please tell me where Nigella got the red platter which she uses for her Christmas gingerbread? Also, in her Nigellissima series she uses a black wok to cook squid with marjoram. Where did she get this because its exactly what I am after but can't find anywhere! Many thanks, Tara

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  • Chocolate Buttons

    Hello! Details of stockists of Monrgomery Moore chocolate buttons would be appreciated.

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  • Tin for Vanilla Shortbread

    I made the Vanilla Shortbread but managed only to get 18 small squares from the mixture. Does the Swiss roll tin have standard dimensions? My Swiss roll tin may be smaller as I thought the shortbread was a tad too thick, but it was still very tasty.

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  • Creme Fraiche In Cherry Cheesecake

    Is to possible to use creme fraiche instead of double cream in the Cherry Cheesecake and will it still work with medium or half fat cream cheese instead of full fat. Thanks, Maggie

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  • Cream For Potato Gratin

    The recipe for Creamy Potato Gratin calls for double cream. Is it possible to use soured cream instead?

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  • Substitute For Mace

    A Nigella recipe for Oxtail calls for mace. What substitute could I use instead?

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  • Smoked Cod Substitute

    I would like to try the Smoked Cod With Canellini Beans but I can't find smoked cod and have asked at the fish counter of our local specialty shop. Any suggestions for a substitute? The only cod we have available is salted (dried) or fresh. Thanks!

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  • Slow Roasted Chicken Longer Cooking Time

    Hi! I'd love to try Nigella's Slow Roasted Garlic And Lemon Chicken for guests. It would be great if I could put in oven, go out and leave for about 5 hours to be cooked on return. Is this doable?

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