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I saw Nigella on TV making little truffles from leftover Christmas pudding. During the show she recommends a specific brand of sherry for the Puddini Bonbons. I didn't quite catch it, so I'd be really grateful if you could let me know the name. Many thanks!
Posted by LizzieA-B. Answered on 27th Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I love the sound of Nigella's Holiday Hotcake and will do it as an alternative pudding on Xmas Day. In the unlikely event there will be any left over for Boxing Day, will the sauce remain separate when it is cooled or soak into the cake part? I would like there to be sauce when reheated. Thanks
Posted by Marlenemoo. Answered on 26th Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I have prepared several dishes for the freezer for Christmas, using recipes that state they are suitable for freezing. However I am at a loss to know how to proceed when I need the dishes - should all food be defrosted thoroughly first, or can some be cooked from frozen? Dishes cooked include salmon lasagne, mince pies with a stollen topping, and stews/casseroles. Is there a rule of thumb? Thanks!
Posted by mowling. Answered on 25th Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Instead of a turkey, could a chicken be brined? It will only be my brother and I for Christmas dinner and a turkey is really too large.
Posted by MaryP. Answered on 24th Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hello from the States! I'm new to the Nigella site, but a fan of many years' standing. I've watched many Nigella episodes on YouTube in the past, but can no longer find them consistently. I am in desperate need of her Christmas videos. Is there any way to get them? What a treasure they would be! Thank you, Pat McFadyen
Posted by pmcfadyen. Answered on 23rd Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
The Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts are one of my fave things to have this time of year. I am thinking of making them to go into gift baskets for Christmas presents. How long will they last in a sealed jar?
Posted by pinkvicky84. Answered on 22nd Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hello, Is it possible to marzipan, and then use royal icing on the chocolate fruit cake, as one would a traditional christmas cake? If so, how far in advance could this be done? Many thanks, Katie
Posted by KatieBethanStevens. Answered on 21st Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
For the last few years I have cooked Nigella's Christmas turkey soaked in brine recipe from the Christmas book with great success. Last year, just after Christmas, I bought a (vastly reduced in price) Norfolk Black free range turkey and froze it. It weighs 6kg. I have not got round to using it and wonder if you think it would have enough flavour to use this Christmas? Also how long would I need to defrost it for prior to soaking? Thanks!
I'd like to use a frozen turkey for the Nigella's Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey. Do I have to defrost the turkey fully before soaking it in the brine or could it defrost slowly whilst marinating? Thanks, Nicky.
Posted by Migavie. Answered on 20th Dec 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer