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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

  • 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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  • Beetroot Soup

    Hi, I watched Nigella on TV the other day making a fabulous looking roasted beetroot soup. Is there somewhere that I can get the recipe? Thanks!

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  • Smoked Cod Roe

    I bought smoked cod roe to make taramasalata but it has a very bitter taste. Is there something I can add to the recipe to reduce this bitterness?

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  • Nigella's Ice Cream Containers

    I watched Nigella make her No Churn Coffee Ice Cream and will be having a go soon, but I cannot find anywhere to buy the ice cream tubs used on the TV show. Where do you get yours from please?  

    Hi, I' ve just watched the new episode of Nigellissima (wonderful as always!) where she made a No Churn Coffee Ice Cream. Nigella used some great plain ice-cream tubs to freeze this in and I just wondered where these were sourced as I would love some for my own kitchen? If you could point me in the right direction I would be very grateful. Many thanks. Caroline.  

    Hi, I have been glued to Nigellisma on BBC 2 and I noticed Nigella using her own paper ice cream tubs for her No Churn Coffee Ice Cream. Can you tell me where these can be bought from? Thanks Lou.

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  • Pixie Pans

    Hi. Loved the first episode of Nigellissima and really loved the mini pixie pan used for Eggs in Purgatory. Can you please advise where such pans can be purchased? Many thanks.

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  • Coffee Liqueur for Ice Cream

    I would like to make Nigella's No Churn Coffee Ice Cream from Nigellissima. Is Tia Maria a good substitute for Illy Liqueur? 

    Can I buy the espresso liqueur used by Nigella for her No Churn Coffee Ice Cream in a supermarket? If not, where can I get it?  Thank you, Wendy

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  • Smoked Gammon

    Can I use a piece of smoked gammon, rather than unsmoked, in Nigella's Ham in Coca-Cola recipe?

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