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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

  • A Cake on Last Year's Show

    Last year I saw Nigella make a cake using a tin which was a round shape with peaks. It looked possibly of German origin. It is a Christmas stlye recipe and she dusted it with icing sugar. I would like to buy one but have searched high and low for the mould and can't find it. Can you help?

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  • Chocolate Pasta and Farro

    Where can I buy the chocolate pasta used by Nigella on Nigellissima and also the farro barley? I live in Blackpool where specialist shops are extremely limited and an internet search delivered very poor results. Thanks!  

    After watching Nigellissima on BBC 2 (29th October), I was wondering where I could purchase the chocolate pasta? It sounds scrumptious and I would like to try this out. The local chain supmarkets (Tesco's or Sainsbury) do not sell such items. Thanks, Chowder.

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  • Dish Fit For A Wedding

    Hello! I'm travelling to the U.S. for a close school friend's wedding on New Year's Day at her home. She has asked us not to give gifts but instead to bring a dish (appetizer, side, main, dessert) for after. As I will be staying with a friend, I will have facilities to cook over. I can also bring some Irish ingredients with me. Can you suggest an uncomplicated but at the same time "impressive" dish that I could make and bring, please? Any help you could give would be much, much appreciated! Thanks very much!

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  • Freezing Nigella's Potato Cakes

    Hi, I am hosting my 40th birthday party in a couple of weeks and I would like to prepare some food ahead of time. Is it possible to make and freeze the Potato Cakes from Nigella Express in advance and then defrost on the day of the party before dressing them with the smoked salmon? Many thanks Siobhan

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  • Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    Hi there - can I make the Buttermilk Birthday Cake from Domestic Goddess and then freeze the whole thing? I know leftovers can be frozen - but does the whole cake still taste as great if you make it, freeze and then use a month or two later. I have a need for about four birthday cakes in the four weeks before Christmas and if I could make some of them now and then freeze, I would be a saner woman!

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  • Savarin Tins

    Can you please suggest where I may be able to buy a 22cm savarin tin for Nigella's Yogurt Pot Cake? I can only find ones which are 23cm or 24cm. I am based in the UK. Thank you!

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  • Linguine With Smoked Mackerel

    I was watching your show for the first time and we were interested in trying the linguine with leeks and smoked mackerel. Where can I find that recipe? Odes South Carolina, USA

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  • Coffee Pot and Wooden Board

    Could you please tell me where I can buy a wooden carving board like the one Nigella used on episode 4 of Nigellissima (Butterflied Lamb recipe)? Thank you. Watermelon77.

    Hello. I have tried and failed, despite considerable internet prowess, to find a stove top espresso maker as lovely as the one Nigella used to accompany her Sambuca kisses on her Nigellissima TV show. I fear it might be because it is vintage, but if not please let me know. Thanks Rachel.

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