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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

  • Sticky Top Cupcakes

    Why do my cupcakes go sticky on the top when cooled? Also why don't my chocolate cupcakes rise but the plain ones do? Please help!

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  • Ingredients In Wok Oil

    What ingredients are in the wok oil used by Nigella?

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  • Butterscotch Morsels

    The Banana Butterscotch Muffins are delicious using chocolate chips and I would like to try it with butterscotch morsels. I can find butterscotch sauce recipe but nothing for butterscotch that I could use in your muffin recipe. Do you have a recipe for something suitable? Thanks Anne-Maree

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  • Sausages For Cocktail Sausages

    Hello, I don't live in UK and I don't know what kind of sausages are used in cocktail sausages recipe, from Express. Are they like frankfurters? Thanks a lot!

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  • Making Calabrian Lasagna Ahead

    I am eager to make Nigella's Quick Calabrian Lasagna for a cast of thousands, and wonder whether panfuls can be made ahead and refrigerated for about six hours. Perhaps with the final topping of sauce and parmesan added just before baking?

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  • Wine For Aromatic Lamb Stew

    For the Aromatic Lamb Shank Stew, if I don't have Madeira wine can I use red wine or sweet sherry?

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  • Peppers For Chilli Jam

    I am making Nigella's Chilli Jam, but I am confused as to which chillies to use. I have got the small red chillis but think these will be far too hot especially using 150 grams? Do you mean the bigger red chillies, or fresh red peppers. I have the bell sweet pointed peppers. Help needed. Thanks

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  • Covering Pans With Foil

    Many recipes call for covering a pan with foil before placing in the oven. Is this better than using the pan's lid, assuming it has one? 

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