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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

  • Spearmint or Regular Mint

    This spring I planted spearmint on my balcony. It's very small yet but I've heard that it can really run riot so I thought I'd check in advance what I can use it for? Does Nigella specifically use spearmint in any recipe or can you recommend a dish where spearmint really works well? I've heard that many people use it in Vietnamese and Greek dishes...

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  • Freezing Chocolate Guinness Cake

    I made and iced Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake and now unfortunately the children are poorly (not from the cake!). It's too lovely to waste or give away so I'd like to know if I can freeze it? 

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  • Measuring Flour

    I have recently purchased the US edition of Nigellissima. While the recipes look great and I am looking forward to trying them, no weight measurements are given. I live in Canada and have access to standard measuring cups, however, I prefer to weigh my ingredients, especially flour. In order to insure success can you please let me know if Nigella uses the "spoon and sweep" method or the "scoop and sweep" method when measuring. Thanks!!! Much appreciated.

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  • Chocolate Pasta

    Please could you tell me where can I source the chocolate pasta to be able to make the Nigella's lovely-looking recipe in Nigellissima? Sue Flack

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  • Chocolate Chips Melting In Cookies

    Hi Nigella Team, I often make the Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from 'Kitchen' and they are delicious. However no matter what I do, the cookies never turn out like Nigella's - the chocolate morsels always melt. I have tried refrigerating the dough, before baking, and baking the cookies from frozen. Perhaps Nigella uses a particular type of chocolate? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Egg Sizes For Cakes

    Hello, I am a bit confused as to what size eggs i should use for the flourless chocolate cakes? The website ingredients state 'medium eggs' but the Nigella cookbooks I have generally say to use 'large eggs'. I am using UK sized eggs. Which is correct? Many thanks.

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  • Cream Cheese For This Month's Cookalong

    I'd like to make this month's cookalong recipe featurd on Nigella's website - the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Whenever I look in the supermarket I'm not sure which is the best cream cheese to buy for a baked cheesecake. Please can you recommend a good brand for the purpose? Many thanks, Keith

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  • Cream Cheese For Cheesecake

    Why do most cheesecake recipes, such as NIgella's London Cheesecake, say to use cream cheese which is not sold in any of the main supermarkets? You can buy soft white cheese such as Philadelphia but this is not the same as cream cheese. When you search on-line there are a lot of people asking the same question. Where can I buy it? Thank you

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