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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

  • 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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  • Freezing Quadruple Chocolate Loaf

    Is it possible to freeze the Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake?

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  • Dark Chocolate In Cookies and Cakes

    Hello, The ingredient list for Nigella's Totally Chocolate Choc Chip Cookies and some of her other recipes includes dark chocolate of a minimum of 70% cocoa solids. Am I able to use the dark chocolate that is found in the candy section of supermarkets? Some brands like Lindt do produce dark chocolate with 70% and above cocoa solids, but they are found in the candy section of the supermarket. Or do I have to purchase a "baking" chocolate like Valrhona? Thanks so much! Michelle

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  • Instant White Chocolate Mousse

    Can I substitue the dark chocolate with white chocolate in Nigella's Instant Chocolate Mousse?

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  • Banana Bread Chocolate Version

    When making the chocolate version of Nigella's Banana Bread, are the chocolate chips a substitute for the chopped walnuts or in addition to?

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