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  • Storing Jam and Marmalade

    My mother always put a quarter of a tablet on the top of the waxed paper on marmalade and jam before storing it. I would like to know what the tablet was and did this prevent or reduce the amount of mould etc. She kept some jams for years! Is there a modern equivalent?

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  • Cooking With Limited Utilities

    Hello! I am currently living in Japan in a tiny one room flat. My kitchen consists of two hobs (gas), a microwave, a tiny fish grill, a toaster and I have a saucepan and two woks. For Christmas I managed to cook chicken in red wine and tomato sauce for seven, and I have cooked curries and make meatballs, so I do manage to cook decent meals in a pot, without an oven. I like baking but at the moment everything I have done has come out of the microwave. I want to make brownies and cheesecake and other cakes - I imagine I can kick-start a cake in the microwave for some minutes on a low setting, then if it is small (or cupcakes), finish in the grill to make it a little "fluffy". Is it possible to use boiling water/steam with a tight container? It is my best friend's 30th soon and he deserves an amazing chocolate cake, or perhaps a cheesecake ...

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  • Worcestershire Sauce in France

    Hi Team, I'm hoping you will be able to help me. I have recently moved to the French Alps and am struggling to find all those vital store cupboard essentials that we take for granted "back home"?.  I'm wondering if you know of a substitute (or French version) for Worcestershire sauce as i can't seem to find anything resembling it out here. Many thanks in advance for your wisdom and help! Cratchet.

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  • Honey in Flourless Cakes

    I would like to replace white sugar in your flourless cake recipes with honey. Would this work or be a disaster? Thank you, Angela B

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  • Tangerine Eggs!

    Dear Nigella & Co, when I watch your shows or when I visit London, I am blown away by the gorgeous color of English eggs! That amazing orange yolk. What are these chicks being fed that produces that beautiful color? Can you recommend any provider in the USA and/or Europe where I can order these sublime little ovals?  

    Hi Nigella and team, where do you buy your eggs? Or is it a specific breed of hen I should look for? I find it so difficult to buy eggs with that rich, orangey yolk that I'm accustomed to seeing on your show and in the Netherlands. I've tried multiple brands at various supermarkets, and all the egg yolks are a very disappointing (and lackluster) pale yellow. Many thanks, love the website.

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  • A Special Dessert for Valentine's Day

    I saw Nigella making a lovely piped long doughnut-type sweet thing that is cooked in oil - it would be fab for Valentine's day for my hubby! I think it might have been Spanish but I cannot find the recipe. She dipped them in melted chocolate and shared them with a friend on the TV show. I really would love to have this recipe if possible and would be so grateful for any help at all in finding it.

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  • Conversion to Metric and Imperial

    Hi there,  I received ' How to be a Domestic Goddess' as a Christmas present and absolutely love it. The only challenge is with the measurements - in this edition, Nigella uses 'cups' in her measurements for all the ingredients. How do I get a conversion to metric calculation - e.g. grams, and mililitres. Appreciate your help!  

    Is there a convenient way to convert from metric to Imperial? (oven temperature too please). P.S. Love this site - I was looking for something gluten free and after 15 minutes of fruitless surfing it was your recipe that solved my problem, plus I enjoy reading the 'story' that goes with it. Many thanks, Chick Pea Flour 'chick' in Canada

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  • Honey Chocolate Cake

    I have now tried 3 times to make the Honey Chocolate Cake (from Feast, p276) and each time it's sunk in the middle. The first time I did it by hand and forgot to put the water in. The second time, I did add the water, same result. Third time did it with an electric whisk, same result. I don't know what I'm doing wrong!   

    I made the Honey Chocolate Cake twice, once with the manual method and once in the food processor. Both cakes subsidied to look more like a flan case rather than the cake in the picture! I was devastated as every other Nigella recipe I have tried has worked out perfectly. I have obviously done something wrong but what? Having read and re-read the recipe, I cannot see that I have deviated in any way from the instructions or ingredients. The mixture looked great and the batter was very smooth prior to baking and the "cake" tasted wonderful just sank like the proverbial stone when it came out of the oven! Please can you help as I would dearly love to try this again. Thank you

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