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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

  • Roast Duck Legs But Soft Potatoes

    I have cooked the Roast Duck Legs And Potatoes and when I went to stir the potatoes they were quite mushy. Isn't two hours too long to cook them? They are not crispy like Nigella's are Its been 1-1/2 hours so far on 400F.

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  • Bitter Orange Ice Cream With Marmalade

    Could I substitute seville orange marmalade instead of oranges and sugar in the No-Churn Bitter Orange Ice Cream? I just made a huge batch and it did not set up as firmly as usual. Still tastes and smells divine of course, so won't go begging!

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  • Using Corn Oil In Recipes

    When corn oil is specified in a recipe will the taste will be different if I'm not using that oil? Particularly in cake and banana bread recipes? Thank you.

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  • Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Substitutes

    Can I substitute natural yoghurt for some of the olive oil in the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake and, if so, how much? Also, can I substitute baking powder for the baking soda and, again, how much? Many thanks.

    Can I use honey instead of sugar in the chocolate olive oil cake? Miakovid.

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  • Nutella Cake Nuts And making In Advance

    I would like to bake the Nutella Cake for a birthday cake, however, I'm wondering if I were to bake it in advance how long it would remain 'decent' - and not dry/hard/poor for the birthday! Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

    I am having difficulty finding ground hazelnuts and was wondering whether I could substitute ground almonds instead? Louboo1

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  • Cheese Fondue Pot

    I like the look of Nigella's Cheese Fondue recipe but is there an alternative way of making the cheese fondue without having to buy a fondue set ?

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  • Ritzy Chicken Nuggets Without Buttermilk

    What can I use instead of yogurt/buttermilk to tenderise the chicken for the Ritzy Chicken Nuggets? Your recipe looks great but my daughter is now dairy free. Is there another option?

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  • Large Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake

    If I want to double the quantity of the Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake do I just double each the quantities for each of the ingredients?

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