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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

  • Vinegar In Mirin Glazed Salmon

    I'm slightly confused by the rice wine vinegar. I thought there was rice wine (shaoxing), and rice vinegar. Which should I use?

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  • Dark Brown Sugar For Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Hi, Can I use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar when baking Nigella's Chocolate Chip cCookies? Will the result be the same? Thanks!

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  • Double Cream For Cherry Cheesecake

    I no longer live in the uk so cannot get double cream, can you suggest a suitable substitute for the Cherry Cheesecake? Cream here seems to be maximum 35% fat.

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  • Butter In Crust Of Pizza Rustica

    Hi! Could you please explain why should we use unsalted butter in the Pizza Rustica then add salt? I don't usually cook with salt. Silly question is it absolutely necessary? Many thanks for reading this. 

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  • Jointed Chicken For Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

    Hi. After reading the reviews for the Slow Roasted Garlic And Lemon Chicken I am keen to try it out, but am a bit daunted about buying a chicken and cutting it into ten pieces. Is this easy to do, especially if you don't have a butchers' knife, and if so what is the best approach? Many thanks

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  • Birthday Custard Sponge In Shaped Tin

    Hi, I was just wondering would it make a mess of the Birthday Custard Sponge cake to bake it all in one in a silicone cake tin and cut it in half after to for the filling. Basically what I am trying to achieve is a birthday cake for my brother in a Happy Birthday silicone cake tin, is there a better cake recipe that would suit this maybe?

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  • Clementine Cake With Maple Syrup

    Can I substitute 1 cup of Maple Syrup instead of granulated sugar or would that make the cake too moist? How about substituting xylitol for sugar? Thanks.

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  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake Traybake

    Can you use the recipe for the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake to make a tray bake successfully? Thanks.

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