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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

  • Alternative to Ground Almonds Nuts

    My husband and son are both allergic to nuts - what can I use in cakes in place of ground almonds to give the same type of texture? I have tried flour in many recipes and it doesn't seem to work properly. Thanks.   

    As many of Nigella's recipes contain nuts (eg the pesto with almonds and the pudding with hazelnuts in the recent TV show), is there anything that could be used instead for those with a nut allergy? It seems a shame to miss out on what seems a very easy recipe. Is it possible for a footnote at the end of the recipes in future to give alternatives for nut allergy sufferers? It seems that the current trend is to put nuts in everything so surely there must be a general ingredient to offer crunch without anaphylaxsis!

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  • Nigella's Stick Blender

    Where can I find the stick blender that Nigella uses for small amounts please? It looks rather like a stick blender which fits into a base unit. I got rid of my old stick blender as I felt very vulnerable using an unprotected blade but Nigella's blender looks like the answer to my problem. I would be very grateful for your help with this. Thank you. Patricia.  

    What make was the blender that Nigella used to make the pesto for the spelt spaghetti sauce? It looked great. I want to buy one. Valshaw.  

    Please could you let me know what make the mini chopper/blender is that Nigella uses in her current TV programme? It is black in colour and looks very efficient - she used it when making the sauce for her spelt pasta. Thanks so much. Forever Young.  

    Hi there, what is the chopping/blending machine nigella used tonight for the anchovy and spelt pasta recipe? Thanks, Gay.

    I notice that Nigella in this TV series is using an electrical appliance which looks like a stick liquidiser. I have not seen one like it anywhere and I wondered what it was? Carole Cox.

    Would somebody recommend a good miniblender. What make does Nigella use for blending sauces? Eleanor8Dog

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  • Fregola and Mafalde

    I can't seem to find fregola, used by Nigella in Nigellissima, in the usual supermarkets, any ideas?  

    Where can I buy mafalde pasta from as most supermarkets do not stock it. Can buy it on line? Simons33.

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  • Frozen Artichokes

    Where can I get the frozen artichokes that Nigella has been using in her new book? I live in London? Thank you x

    I love the simplicity of the Nigellissima series. In episode 3 there is a side dish called "Broad Beans, Peas and Artichokes" - please tell me where I can source frozen artichoke ends (as used in the episode) or crowns as I have searched everywhere! Thank you, Mac83  

    Where can I buy the frozen artichoke bottoms that Nigella used on her TV programme? I live near Reading in Berkshire, and can't find anyone round here that sells them. Dinapax  

    Having seen your latest Nigellissima episode my husband, who loves broad beans, would like to try The Peas, Beans and Artichokes. I am unable to find any frozen artichoke bottoms and would be grateful if you let me know where I can get them. Thank you. Jan Ferris

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  • Oeufs en Cocotte

    I cooked Nigella's Oeufs en Cocotte (from Nigella Express) as per the instructions in the recipe, but the yolks were solid. Should I have turned over down to 170C for Fan oven?

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  • Grasshopper Pie Liqueurs

    Hi! I live in India and can not source the curaco used in the Grasshopper Pie, what alternative can I use? Thank you.

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  • Flat Banana Bread

    I've made banana bread several times and I can't seem to understand why it rises nicely, and even when I've taken it out the oven the 'rise' stays but then once it starts to cool it falls flat. What is the reason for this? Am I over mixing at the end or is there too much moisture? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

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  • Nigella's Brioches

    I have finally gotten hold of a copy of Forever Summer, and am really looking forward to trying the brioche recipe (p 246). However, the measurement for the yeast is "1 sachet" - how much is this in teaspoons or grams? I want to be sure as the yeast I buy comes in 8g sachets, but I've also had large jars of yeast (no sachet). Thanks heaps!

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