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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

  • Pork Knuckles or Ham Hocks...

    I saw a wonderful recipe for either ham hocks, or pork knuckles, I can't remember which, on one of Nigella's shows on American television. I would love to have the recipe, but I can't find it on the site. It is not the pork belly recipe! Thank you so much.

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  • Vegetable Shortening in India

    I am a learner baker and am a very big fan of Nigella's. I never miss any of her shows on TV. I had a query about vegetable shortening which is mentioned in some cake recipes. I can't find any at cake supply stores. I also had a problem with the frosting that I made during the summer as it started melting badly. How can I substitute shortening? I am a vegetarian but don't mind eggs. Also I wanted to ask about marshmallows. Do you know what are they called in India and whether they are available at all?

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  • Crispy Fish Skin

    Whenever I'm cooking fish I can never get the skin to go crispy. I always turn the heat right up, but the skin just sticks to the pan or is all soggy. Help!

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  • Where Can I Buy Dry Marsala Wine

    Nigella uses dry marsala wine in her new book Nigellissima. I have located sweet marsala, where can I buy dry marsala? Thanks, Brian

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  • Chopping Blade

    I love your website full of everything you could want! Could you tell me the name of the half moon shaped blade Nigella uses for chopping? It looks very good. Thanks.

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  • Student Food

    Hello, I was just wanting to know whether Nigella had any student friendly recipes? I'm a student and I love to cook, particularly Nigella's recipes! However with a tight budget and limited utensils it can be quite hard to do some of the recipes sometimes. Is there anything you would recommend that would be good to make under these circumstances? Thanks!

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  • Cornbread Topped Chilli

    Hi! I want to make Nigella's Cornbread Topped Chilli (from Feast) for a party in a few weeks time and wonder what the best way of preparing it in advance would be? Should I just make the chilli, freeze it and make the cornbread topping on the day (or day before) or can I make the whole recipe in advance, cook it, freeze it and then just heat on the night (having defrosted it of course!). What do you suggest? Many thanks, Aileen.

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  • Christmas Preparation - Cake and Puddings

    Hi I have had the pleasure of using Nigella's Christmas book, for my cake, for the last three years. Now i have a problem. I have been asked to make smaller cakes, 3 inches, to be precise, as gifts. So I have small tins but no idea about proportions for ingredients. The cakes in the book are 7, 9 and 10 inches. Is there an easy way to calculate ingredients for 3 and 6 inch cakes? Kind regards and fantastic book by the way! Al.

    Is it too early to make Christmas Puddings in September? Stephamb.

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