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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Dry Slow Roast Pork Belly

    I'm afraid the Slow Roast Pork Belly didn't work for me. I followed it to the letter, including cooking time and oven temperature and the pork was far too overcooked - inedible and very disappointing

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  • Cracked Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

    I've always made your recipes and all of it turns out great. But I made the Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes and the tops cracked a lot, and it doesn't look much like a cupcake at all. But taste wise is very good. 

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  • Pavlova Queries

    I would like to make the Cappucino Pavlova with the Two Chicks liquid eggs, as Nigella mentioned in the recipe. How much of the contents is equal to one egg white please? Thanks Rachel.

    We made the Mini Pavlovas but unfortunately did not get on very well. The meringues are very flat and stuck together on the tray. They taste nice but as they're stuck to the greaseproof paper, we can't really use them at all.

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  • Bitter Orange Ice Cream

    Hi, I would like to know how long the Bitter Orange Ice Cream will keep in the freezer? I have just found the Seville oranges in the greengrocers and I would like to serve it in a month's time. I know Nigella says you can zest and juice the oranges and freeze (or freeze the oranges whole?) but do you defrost this before making the ice cream and is it inferior to making the ice cream with the fresh oranges?

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  • 8 Inch Diameter Nutella Cake

    Hi, my springform pan is only 8 inches while the Nutella Cake specifies a 9-inch pan. If I use the 8-inch pan, how should I adjust the cooking time?

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  • Beans For White Bean Mash

    I don't see anything named 'white beans' in my shop so for the White Bean Mash do I use cannellini beans or butter beans? Thanks for your help.

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  • Spanish Chicken With Alternatives To Chorizo

    The Spanish Chicken With Chorizo sounds great and easy to make; do you think I can use bacon instead of chorizo? Chorizo is not easy to get in Bombay!

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  • Birthday Custard Sponge Metric Measurements

    Hi, I am in Australia and unfortunately have the US version of Nigella's books. So how many grams would a stick of butter be as this is specified in the Birthday Custard Sponge recipe? Thanks!

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