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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Cup Measurements

    So many recipes on Nigella's website are measured in 'cup' quantities. Can you please give me some idea of the volume and/or weight measurements for a 'cup' please? Many thanks in advance!

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  • Ingredients in Granola

    In Andy's Fairfield Granola are there substitutes for the apple sauce and sunflower seeds?

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  • Slow Roasted Chicken

    I would like to cook Nigella's Slow Roasted Garlic And Lemon Chicken and I see that there is no salt listed in the ingredients. Is salt not needed for this recipe?

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  • Using Caramelized Onion From A Jar

    I used some caramelized onion in a beef stew, taking my cue from Nigella Express. Trouble is, it's turned out far to sweet. What can I do to reduce the sweetness?

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  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Baked In Peaks

    I have just baked the sponges for Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake and they have really puffed up (they haven't flattened with cooling either)! What is the best way to ice the cake when this happens and how do I prevent it from happening again? Cheers, Lorna.

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  • Tuscan Fries

    Having made Nigella's Tuscan Fries, I will definately be making them again! I just wanted to know if it is ok to keep the oil minus the garlic and herbs for a while, and if it is for how long?

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  • Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    is the butter in Nigella's recipe for Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies salted or unsalted?

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  • Instant Espresso Powder

    Nigella has listed sources for instant espresso powder for the UK and US. However I live in Sydney, Australia, and have not come across this in any shops locally. I can't really afford to buy much online as the delivery/postal charges tend to add to the cost quite a lot. Plus, even if I do buy on-line parcels frequently get lost. What do you suggest?

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