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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

  • Removing Oven Smells

    I have a large electric oven. If I use it to grill chicken one day but the next day I need to bake a cake, I find that the smell of chicken is there in my cake. I have tried cleaning the oven in various ways, whilst it is still warm with plain water, with soapy water, with baking soda, with oven cleaning sprays, leaving it open all night after use, but I find the smell still persists. Any ideas on how to remove the smell?

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  • EVO

    Hi, I have been looking at the Persian Lamb Stew recipe on Nigella's website and wondered what is "evo", mentioned in the ingredients list?

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  • Preserved Lemons

    Where in the United States can I find preserved lemons? I would like to make some Moroccan dishes but need preserved lemons. I live in California

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  • Roast Chicken and Pasta Dish

    Hi Team! I watched Nigella make a very simple pasta dish and it looked great and I am keen to make it. She roasted a chicken then tore the flesh off and used the cooking juices with some added ingredients to toss with cooked pasta. Where can I get the recipe? Many thanks. Norm

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  • Pavlova Going Flat

    I have tried Nigella's Pavlova recipe two times but every time I make it it is pretty flat after baking. The centre is marshmallowy but the top doesn't go crisp. I use the exact measurements though I use distilled vinegar as wine vinegar isn't availabe here, is that the problem? Also I live in a hot country, could this have caused the problem? Please help! 

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  • The Best Type Of Chopping Board

    I'd like to know what, in your opinion, is the best type of chopping board for regular kitchen use? I use a pyrex board for raw chicken and fish, but for literally everything else, I use a wooden board. I've had the same one for about four years - it's a really solid block and I use it all the time. Lots of people have told me that wooden boards are very unhygienic, but I always give it a good scrub in really hot water after use and leave it to dry naturally. It's the best board I've ever had and I really don't want to get rid of it in favor of one of those awful plastic boards. I'd be grateful for your advice please - thanks!

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  • Flourless chocolate cake - too eggy

    Hi, I made Nigella's Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake from Kitchen and when I took it out of the oven, it seemed like all the eggs had sunk to the bottom! There was a sort of omelette on the bottom of the cake. I thought that perhaps I had not beaten the eggs enough, but I've seen recipes that say just to mix them in without beating them, so I'm not sure that's it. It was my first time making a flourless cake. Thanks for your help.

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  • Freezing Cheesecake

    Hi! I have just made the chocolate and lime cheesecake from Nigella Bites, and as lovely as it is we do not think we will get through it all – can it be frozen in the same way as the Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Kitchen (also a big success!)? Thanks

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