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Latest Queries

  • Easter Egg Pavlova

    I am going to make your Easter Egg Nest cake. I know it will be a hit with the adults. However, my children, (oddly enough) do not like chocolate desserts. Do you think your pavlova would work with the candy-coated mini easter eggs? Would it just be too sweet? I usually top the pavlova with whipped cream and bananas, as this is my kids' favorite version.

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  • Cucumber Substitute For Fattoush

    Hello, I just watched an episode of Forever Summer where you made this Middle Eastern salad with pita, tomato, and cucumber. The only problem is I absolutely loathe cucumber. Is there anything I can easily substitute or am I simply better off making something else?

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  • Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding

    I made the Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding the other day and it turned out not so great - after the full cooking time (plus ten minutes extra) the sauce was all still on top of the cake rather than underneath, the cake itself was a bit lumpy and it looked horrible. I threw out quite a lot of the liquid before the ten minutes extra coking time and actually it all tasted pretty much ok (the cake was cooked properly and the sauce wasn't too far off the wrong consistency) but it really didn't look very good. Any tips? Thanks in advance!

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  • Gin And Tonic Jelly

    I was reading Nigella's recipe for Gin And Tonic Gelatin mold, and I was just wondering how far in advance I can make this, and how long after it is made will it last?

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  • Cherry Loaf Cake Without Almonds

    I would like to make a cherry loaf cake, such as Nieglla's Cherry Almond Loaf cake. However 99% of the recipes I have found contain ground almonds and as my grandson has a nut allergy I cannot add the almonds. What should I replace the ground almonds with - if anything?

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  • Pudding for 30 people

    I need to make an easy pudding for 30 people that I can freeze a week ahead and then transport for 6hours in the car. It will follow a fish dish as a main course. Any ideas please ?

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  • Cream Cheese for Red Velvet

    I am unable to find cream cheese in my locality and one or two brands which I can find are too expensive. Could you suggest a replacement for the cream cheese?

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  • Lemon Meringue Cake

    I'd love to make the Lemon Meringue Cake but don't have a food processor. Will it work if I use an electric hand whisk in exactly the same way, or will I need to break the mixing down into separate steps?

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