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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

  • Beer Braised Pork Knuckles

    I'm making the Beer Braised Pork Knuckles and was wondering do you taste the beer in the pork after cooking? My wife does not like the flavour of beer. If so, what could I replace it with? Thanks, Trent,

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  • Sultanas For Banana Bread

    I would like to make the Banana Bread. The ingredients given in your recipe are easily available except sultanas which I am unable to find. Please could you explain what they are and where I may be able to find them? I'm from India.

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  • Wholewheat Soda Bread

    Hi, why do you score a cross in the top of wholewheat or plain soda bread before baking? Secondly, do we need to wait for the dough to rise before baking?

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  • Vodka Marinated Steak

    Will slow cooking (for 12 hours+) at 50 - 51 degrees C, after searing the steak, make meat more tender?

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  • Plain Flour For Victoria Sponge

    if I was going to use Nigella's recipe for a Victoria Sponge (that uses self-raising flour). How much raising agents would I need to make the 4 egg cake when using plain flour and cornflour in the all in one method?

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  • Alternative to Cream Cheese

    I would like to make the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Kitchen for someone on a dairy free diet. Is there an alternative to cream cheese?

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  • Freezing Slow Cooker Lamb And Pasta

    Hi there. I've done thie Slow-Cooker Lamb With Pasta recipe before which is amazing. But I'd like to freeze a portion of it next time as there is only 2 of us. Is it possible with the ingredients used, to freeze once cooked and cooled? Even part way - say before adding the pasta? Look forward to your answer. Sarah

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  • Tin For Chocolate Sheet Cake

    If I use 27cm x 21cm tin to make the Chocolate Sheet Cake, how long should I bake the cake?

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