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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

  • Thanksgiving Turkey

    With Nigella's Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey recipe can the brined bird be cooked in a roasting bag to keep the juices surrounding the bird?

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  • Gas Hob Used In Nigellissima

    I will be making over my kitchen in my new home soon and have fallen in love with the gas hob used in the Nigellissima cookery programme. Having searched high and low on the internet I cannot find it. Please could you tell me the make/model number. Thank you.  

    Hi, please can you tell me what make of gas hob Nigella uses in her new programe? I would be so very grateful. Many thanks Julie

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  • Keeping A Sandwich Ready

    How can we keep sandwiches prepared well in advance to be grilled later? Will they retain the goodness as well as the taste?

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  • Lemon Reamer

    I'm an avid Nigella fan and I've been watching Nigellissma and really want to know where she got her lemon reamer from, the metal spiral one. I have a ceramic squeezer, but hers looks so easy to use straight over the pan. I've seen similar wooden ones, but they get grubby and worn over time. Thanks.

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  • Black Handled Cutlery

    I really like the black handled cutlery Nigella has been using for years in her programmes, but have never found anything similar in the UK for sale. Any pointers?  

    I was wanting some new cutlery in my kitchen but so much today is thick metal and clumsy for dining. The black handled cutlery Nigella uses in her programmes is just the type I was after and wondered where I could purchase them from? Robins1968.

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  • Matte Black Frying Pan

    Where can I buy the matte black frying pan that Nigella used in the chocolate pasta recipe in Nigellissima?   

    Hello, what make was the large black pan used by Nigella last week to make the chocolate pasta with butterscotch sauce and pecans? Thanks! RSM

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  • Cup Sizes

    Nigella sometimes suggests using a "cupful". How many ounces is a cup please? Many thanks, Angie Salisbury.

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  • Sweet and Salty Bars

    Hi, I have recently made the Sweet and Salty Bars in Nigella's Kitchen book and although they taste amazing, the texture is lacking - a little oily and sticky. I was wondering if this may be a result of the step of combining the butter and chocolate with the golden syrup? In the Kitchen DVD, Nigella's chocolate mixture is smooth whereas mine is separated. Please help as I'd love to make these again! Thank you in advance, Tonia.  

    When I make the Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars from the Kitchen book, the melted chocolate always goes thick and matt and granular and comes together like dough. I am using a very low heat, and Waitrose own brand good quality milk chocolate together with the butter and syrup The picture in the book looks lovely and glossy! Why is this? Mine does taste good but it doesn't look like the picture. I'm sure this isn't meant to happen. Any advice? Jo.

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