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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

  • Christmas Pudding Cream and Flaming

    Please can you suggest a cream/butter that I could serve with Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding instead of the Eggnog Sauce? Also, could I use a different spirit (other than vodka) to light the pudding? Thank you!  

    Hello, Can I use Brandy instead of Sherry and Vodka for the ultimate Christmas pudding? I did read you prefer Sherry but wonder if it will make too much difference? alternatively I have Port? Thank you Janet

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  • Ham For Christmas

    Hi, can I cook the Ham In Coca Cola with cinimmon, apples and onion christmas eve, and then coat/ glaze the ham the day after? if so what would you recommend?  

    I'd like to make Nigella's Gammon In Cola, but they don't sell gammon here in Portugal. The closest I can think of is the lower, uncured half of a pork's leg. Will this do? Anything else we can get here is a sort of heavily pressed unpleasant thing they calll 'ham' (fiambre).

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  • Nigella's Christmas Utensils

    In Nigella's Christmas book there is a lovely jug which is cream with holly on it and a brown handle. I would really like one and wondered where it came from or is it, maybe, a family heirloom? Thank you anyway for a brilliant website.  

    In Nigella's Christmas book on page 47 there are 3 cake stands. I am would love to purchase some, can you help?  

    Hi, in Nigella's Christmas on page 152 there is a picture of 3 Scandinavian/Nordic red star shaped candles, can you tell me what brand they are and where can I buy them from please? Many thanks, Kym121

    I would like to find the wire strainer Nigella uses in her TV series. It looks like it is made from chicken wire.

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  • Pies In Advance

    Hello, I would very much like to make the Egg And Bacon pie for Boxing Day, but am wanting to make it in advance by at least a few days. How long will it keep in the fridge once made? Also, would I be able to freeze it, before or after cooking? Or would this impare the taste? If it were frozen after being cooked, would I need to reheat it after thawing or not? Finally, as a cheat, would it be possible to use ready made pastry from the supermarket? Thanks.

    I made the Nigella Apple Pie last year on Christmas Day and it was very popular, however as time is tight this year I was wondering if it is possible to make the pie early and freeze it? Pam4

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  • Brining Whole Turkey and Crowns

    Hi, I'm planning a double roast for Christmas Lunch this year; turkey and a gammon joint. For practicality, a turkey crown would be better, leaving enough room in the oven for other things. Nigella's Spiced and Superjuicy Turkey brining recipe is a favourite of mine, but can I do the same thing with a turkey crown? Thanks very much for your help. Gilly, Truro.   

    Hello, I am making the Spiced and Superjuicy Turkey for Christmas dinner. I made it 2 weeks ago and it was delicious with no leftovers! For a big Chrismas dinner I will be making it the day before. How do I store it in the fridge and heat it up so it is still super juicy and moist? Thanks!

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  • Pan Sizes for Yule Log/Holiday Hot Cake

    What size Swiss roll tin should I use for Nigella's Buche de Noel/Yule Log recipe?

    Could you suggest a baking dish for the Holiday Hot Cake recipe, not really sure what to use. Many thanks.

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  • Nut Substitutes In Christmas Cake

    I am making a Christmas cake but need to omit any nuts. Will it wreck the recipe to leave nuts out altogether? Or will it alter the baking time and eventual consistency of cake if I substitute more dried fruits in place of the nuts? Thanks, Anne.

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  • Too Late To Make Christmas Cake

    Is it too late to cook the Easy Action Christmas Cake for this Christmas (2013)? I fear I may have left it too late. If it is too late, what about the Gloriously Golden Cake; is it too late for that also? And can the latter be iced or is a nut 'top' the better option? Thanks

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