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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

  • Calamari Coating Using Polenta

    Hi I'm going to make the Quick Calamari from Express (can't wait!) and wondered if the semolina could be swapped for polenta? Many thanks

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  • Oven Temperature

    Hello, I have a fan assisted oven with top and bottom heating. Should I always use it at a lower temperature than the recommended temperature in your recipes? Thank you, KGB

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  • Condensed Milk In Birthday Cake

    Is the condensed milk in Nigella's Birthday Cake recipe (from How to Eat) the sweetened version? I normally used sweetened condensed milk, but recently I saw there's also a normal can of condensed milk without added sugar. 

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  • Molten Chocolate Babycakes Centre Not Runny Enough

    Hi, the recipe for Molten Chocolate Babycakes is awsome. But my lava was little bit thick. Also how can I store them? Can they be frozen?

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  • Ginger Wine For Ginger Passionfruit Trifle

    Where can I get Stone's green ginger wine from for the Ginger Passionfruit Trifle?

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  • Melting Marshmallows For Instant Chocolate Mousse

    I don't know where I went wrong but I had a disaster with the Instant Chocolate Mousse. The mini marshmallows took so long to melt and when they finally did it was like the formed a big lump of goop and the water and butter just separated from the chocolate marshmallow goop.

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  • Holiday Hotcake

    Hi! I am interested in making the Holiday Hotcake recipe. My family has got a dairy allergic and can not eat butter, cream, milk. Could you please tell me the amounts I need to make it dairy free or are they the same? Many thanks.

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  • Custard Powder In Chocolate Cheesecake

    Hi, can I ask what can I use as substitute for custard powder in the Chocolate Cheesecake? Also can I use unsweetened baking chocolate instead of dark chocolate?

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