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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

  • White Wine Vinegar In Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Can I use white wine vinegar instead of cider vinegar when making Nigella's Red Velvet Cupcakes?

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  • Freezing Nutella Cake

    Can I freeze this cake? If so, for how long? Thank you.

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  • Beans For Slow Cooked Lamb

    Hi there! I'm making the Slow-Cooked Lamb with beans from 'Feast' which I've made (and loved) a few times using the dried beans. I don't have time to soak dried beans this time so have bought tinned cannellini beans instead Can I put them in for the whole 4 hour cooking period or will they turn to mush? Better to put them in closer to the end? Thanks! Sonja

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  • Measuring Liquid Ingredients

    Hi, I am a big follower of Nigella and her recipes and I love to cook and bake very much. I do follow and try all of her recipes. While baking I used measuring cups to measure wet ingredients like milk, cream. And therefore the end result turned out completely different. I was trying to make chocolate chip cookies and biscuits. The biscuits turned out like small buns as the batter became very runny or liquid or like cream. So is it essential to use measuring jug/jar to measure wet ingredients (particularly when the recipe says 2 cups or 20 ml or 100 ml etc.) like milk or cream or any liquor? Or can we measure by using cups and spoons though they have "ml" mentioned on them?

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  • Juice For Maple Chicken N Ribs

    I would like to make Nigella's Maple Chicken N Ribs but I find that the Apple Juice available at Brazilian stores isn't sharp at all, it's actually quite sweet. Which other juice would go well with the maple marinade? Best Regards.

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  • Fruit For Clementine Cake

    Hi there! Sorry for a nutty question, but in the Clementine Cake does the fruit go in as a whole, skins on and all? Or do we boil them for two hours with skins removed? Many Thanks, FG

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  • Mixed Dried Fruit

    What makes up a Mixed Dried Fruit for baking? I'm baking fruit scones and not sure what the mix is? Also, as I'm a Brit living in the U.S. do currants, sultanas and raisins vary in name?

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  • Hokey Pokey Turning Sticky

    i tried making Nigella's Hokey Pokey recipe several times today and followed Nigella's instructions very carefully. I also watched the video of her making it, and although i dont have a candy thermometer, I think I let it cook for the appropriate amount of time and to the correct consistency etc. However each time it failed to set; it always turned out to be sticky and stodgy, not crunchy and airy like its supposed to be. I live in Mumbai in India and it is unbelievably hot and humid here - could that have been a factor? If so where do I allow it to cool, in airconditioning perhaps? I also thought that I'd used too much golden syrup (i used Lyle's) and kept reducing the quantity but to no avail. Please help!

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