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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

  • Fresh Pasta

    I made the fresh pasta dough from Nigella Bites. My problem is when I have my dough ready it sticks to the machine when I'm rolling it. I use all-purpose flour and organic eggs, in the proportions suggested. Any suggestions, Please help! 

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  • Brown Sugar

    Hello! I live in India. Brown sugar is available here, but I was not able to find light or dark brown sugar. Only golden brown sugar is available. Most of your recipes call for light or dark brown sugar. Is it OK to use whatever good quality brown sugar is available here? Please help!

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  • Sticky Toffee Pudding In Advance

    Can Nigella's Sticky Toffee Pudding be frozen or prepared in advance at any stage?

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  • Tamarind Paste Or Concentrate

    Nigella uses tamarind in several of her recipes but under different names. Sometimes tamarind paste (sometimes specifically from a jar) is called for, at other times tamarind concentrate. Are the two mutually exchangable or is normal tamarind paste a lot milder? I can only get tamarind concentrate so how would I have to alter the quantities when only tamarind paste is called for? Thank you!

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  • Oils For Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

    Can I use hazelnut oil instead of olive oil in the olive oil chocolate cake? Or possibly use part hazelnut oil, part olive oil? Thank you.

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  • Runny Tiramisu

    Last time I made Tiramisu I have found that while mixing sugar and the mascarpone cheese, the mix turns liquid.When i continue with the rest of the recipe, it takes more than 1 day for it to mildly set. Please help, haven't made tiramisu in a year and would like to make it soon.

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  • Vinegar In Red Velvet Cupcakes

    In the red velevet Cupcake recipe it says to use cider vinegar for the batter, but can you use lemon juice instead?

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  • Slow Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken

    Hello there, I am planning on making Nigella's Slow Roasted Garlic And Lemon Chicken. If I were to add potatoes to the dish would I add these at the beginning of the roasting? Thank you.  

    Please tell me how I can adapt this recipe using skinless breast fillets. Thanks, Davonn.

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