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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

  • Malibu

    Malibu is an ingredient in the Caramelized Pineapple with Chocolate Sauce. I'm from the U.S. and not familiar with it, could you let me know what it is? Thank you.

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  • Birthday Cake In A Shaped Tin

    I would like to use Nigella's Buttermilk Birthday cake for a Wilton butterfly cake tin for my child's upcoming birthday (am trying to avoid the temptation of purchasing the cake as I have done for all previous birthdays!). The tip sheet for the tin instructs to make one 2-layer cake mix and I am not sure how to convert this for Nigella's receipe (I am a complete novice when it comes to baking!). So will the receipe as it is be equivalant to a 2-layer cake mix? Or do I need to make two lots of the buttermilk birthday cake mix, and then fill the cake tin with the combined mixture? If doubling the contents in this way, does it then need longer cooking time? (the tip sheet for the tin suggests 30-40 min and I assume that is for a non-fan forced oven). Is it better to bake using fan forced or non-fan forced? I was planning on freezing the cake - would this be ok? 

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  • Black Cake

    In Nigella's Black Cake recipe (P250, Domestic Goddess) it calls for 1/2 bottle each of Madeira & Rum. How large is the bottle? Where I live there are various sizes, especially for rum. Do you mean 750ml bottle for each? It seems like a lot of liquid.

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  • Slivered Pistachios

    Hello, my wonderful Goddess (and staff!). I've been searching far and wide here in the States and am utterly at a dead-end when trying to find the slivered pistachios Nigella has used in many recipes (most notably, as the finishing touch on the 1001 Nights Figs with Mascarpone). I can find pistachios in many forms here, but nothing like the bright green shards you used in that episode. I'll be coming to London for a week in early September (on my way to Italy) and wondered if you could provide some shopping ideas as to where I could purchase these whilst I'm in town. Cheers! Chef Mike

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  • No Churn Ice Creams

    I recently purchased "Nigellissima" and made the No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream - it was out of this world! My question is can I use the basic recipe and substitute ingredients such as peach, cherries, etc. and if so how do I judge the correct amount of each different fruit flavor? And should I use a liquor such as peach schnapps or cherry liquor to enhance the fruit flavour? Thanks, Joe Todaro

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  • Cherry Almond Loaf Cake

    Hi, I wanted ask whether or not one can use vegetable oil instead of butter in Nigella's Cherry Almond Loaf cake. And if so in how much quantity? Thanks.

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  • Nursery Fish Pie

    My son is lactose intolerant and I was wondering if I could substitute either almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or a lactose free milk for the whole milk in the recipe? Also is it best to use whole milk rather than a lower fat milk?

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  • Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    Hi. I am planning on baking an 8 egg sponge cake in the shape of a castle and would really like to make Nigella's Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe as I have been hearing good things about it and that it holds the weight of icing really well. However I can't find quantities anywhere for such a large cake, or cooking times. Any help would be really gratefully received. Thanks

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