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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Saving Sake

    Hi! A lot of recipes ask for sake, but only 2-3 tablespoons. I don't know what I would do with a full bottle, since I don't drink. can I store it in fridge? How long will it keep for?

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  • Slow Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken

    Hello! I tried making Slow Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken (from Forever Summer) for dinner yesterday and usually all of Nigella's recipes are easy and turn out delicious. But for this one the chicken and sauce were terribly bitter. I used limes instead of lemons so was wondering if it may be because of the rind from the lime? Would that have made a difference? If not what could have turned my dinner into such a disaster? Also I have a convection oven, how does that affect temperature and time? Thanks, Ayeshah.

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  • Chicken Schitzel

    Hello, Im going to cook Nigella's Chicken Schnitzel with Bacon & White Wine, but which white wine should I use? Thank you.

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  • South Indian Vegetable Curry

    Hello! I would love to make Nigella's South Indian Vegetable Curry from Kitchen (p155) but I can't find tamarind paste. How can I replace it in this recipe? Thank you.

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  • Veal Scallopini

    Does Nigella have a good recipe for veal scallopini in any of her books?

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  • What Is That Vegetable?

    What is the green leafy vegetable that Nigella is holding in the photograph accompanying announcement of Nigellissima? I've been able to buy it twice but don't know the name and would like to.

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  • Frozen Egg Whites

    How long will frozen egg whites keep in the freezer? Thanks!

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  • Baby Squid Substitute

    I have enjoyed the dishes in Nigella Kitchen which use baby squid, but find that it is only stocked by a limited number of fishmongers. Would it be ok to substitute for full sized squid?

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