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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

  • Black Cake

    In Nigella's Black Cake recipe (P250, Domestic Goddess) it calls for 1/2 bottle each of Madeira & Rum. How large is the bottle? Where I live there are various sizes, especially for rum. Do you mean 750ml bottle for each? It seems like a lot of liquid.

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  • Slivered Pistachios

    Hello, my wonderful Goddess (and staff!). I've been searching far and wide here in the States and am utterly at a dead-end when trying to find the slivered pistachios Nigella has used in many recipes (most notably, as the finishing touch on the 1001 Nights Figs with Mascarpone). I can find pistachios in many forms here, but nothing like the bright green shards you used in that episode. I'll be coming to London for a week in early September (on my way to Italy) and wondered if you could provide some shopping ideas as to where I could purchase these whilst I'm in town. Cheers! Chef Mike

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  • No Churn Ice Creams

    I recently purchased "Nigellissima" and made the No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream - it was out of this world! My question is can I use the basic recipe and substitute ingredients such as peach, cherries, etc. and if so how do I judge the correct amount of each different fruit flavor? And should I use a liquor such as peach schnapps or cherry liquor to enhance the fruit flavour? Thanks, Joe Todaro

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  • Cherry Almond Loaf Cake

    Hi, I wanted ask whether or not one can use vegetable oil instead of butter in Nigella's Cherry Almond Loaf cake. And if so in how much quantity? Thanks.

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  • Nursery Fish Pie

    My son is lactose intolerant and I was wondering if I could substitute either almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or a lactose free milk for the whole milk in the recipe? Also is it best to use whole milk rather than a lower fat milk?

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  • Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    Hi. I am planning on baking an 8 egg sponge cake in the shape of a castle and would really like to make Nigella's Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe as I have been hearing good things about it and that it holds the weight of icing really well. However I can't find quantities anywhere for such a large cake, or cooking times. Any help would be really gratefully received. Thanks

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake Not Rising

    I made NIgella's Chocolate Guinness Cake at the weekend but it hardly rose in the oven at all. Should there be baking powder in the recipe as well as the bicarbonate of soda? Still a nice cake but I was just disappointed with the size of it!

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  • Sweet And Salty Crunch Nut Bars

    I have lost the recipe for some chocolate bars made with salted peanuts and Crunchie bars and cannot find it online now. Can you direct me to it please?

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