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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

  • Coffee Pot and Wooden Board

    Could you please tell me where I can buy a wooden carving board like the one Nigella used on episode 4 of Nigellissima (Butterflied Lamb recipe)? Thank you. Watermelon77.

    Hello. I have tried and failed, despite considerable internet prowess, to find a stove top espresso maker as lovely as the one Nigella used to accompany her Sambuca kisses on her Nigellissima TV show. I fear it might be because it is vintage, but if not please let me know. Thanks Rachel.

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  • Baby Aubergines

    Where can I buy baby aubergines? I haven't been able to find any in the supermarket.

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  • Decorative Oil Bottles

    Hi, where does Nigella get her lovely oil bottles that she uses in Nigella's Kitchen and Nigellissima? I am just watching a re-run on the television and have noticed the lovely decorative oil bottles she uses. Many thanks, Sharon.

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  • Measuring Butter

    If I am following a recipe that is using cup measurements do I just put the butter into the required cup?

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  • Cake Tin Size - Smaller Or Larger

    Hi! I generally have 7-inch & 10-inch loose bottomed cake tins. If a recipe calls for an 8-inch tin am I better to use the smaller or larger tin? What would the end result be using either of the tins and would cooking times be affected? Many thanks.

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  • Nutella Cheesecake in Smaller Sizes

    The recipe for the Nutella Cheesecake is for a large amount of people. I just wondered what the ingredients would be for 6 or even individual ones? I realise I could just divide everything in half but sometimes this just doesn't work! Many thanks Karen

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  • Using Dried and Frozen Herbs

    I know recipes often benefit from using fresh herbs, but I find buying fresh can be expensive and I do not have green fingers to grow my own. Would you say that dried herbs are as useful or should I look at frozen herbs that you can get from most supermarkets. Also I am aware that dried herbs can be stronger in flavour is there a good rule of thumb to follow when using dried against fresh? Many thanks!

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  • Kneading Dough For Hot Cross Buns

    I've just made Nigella's Hot Cross Buns for Easter and I have a query about kneading. I kneaded the dough for approximately 10 minutes and it was smooth, however it was not elastic when I pulled it apart. Should I have kneaded the dough more or have I over kneaded it? Thanks

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