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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

  • Chocolate Pear Pudding With Fresh Pears

    Can I use fresh pears instead of canned ones for the Chocolate Pear Pudding? If so do I have to partially cook them beforehand?

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  • Ritzy Chicken Nuggets

    Hi. I'm looking forward to trying Nigella's Ritzy Chicken Nuggets when my nieces come to stay! Is it possible, though, to cook them in the oven, and if so what temperature? Thanks!

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  • Vodka Marinade

    Can I use the vodka marinade from Nigella's Vodka Marinated Steak for other cuts of meat, eg. lamb, chicken, pork? Thank you Lisa.

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  • Orange and Coconut Cake

    I would like to make an orange and coconut cake and was thinking about using Nigella's basic Victoria Sandwich recipe and adding the flavourings to it. The trouble is I don't know how much orange zest and coconut to use. What would you suggest? I would be most grateful if you could help. Thank you.

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  • Fig And Olive Chutney

    I live in Australia and sometimes there are certain ingredients that are simply not available. One of them is dry packed black olives - what can be substituted for these in this recipe please?

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  • Spinach Baked with Ricotta And Nutmeg

    This recipe from Nigellissima for Spinach Baked With Ricotta And Nutmeg is for two servings. Would it work for 18 servings? If so, how would you adjust the quantities and what size dish (or dishes) would you bake it in? What worries me is that in a larger quantity it will not set in the middle. Thank you.

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  • Thanksgiving Turkey For A Large Group

    I am having a large group of 16 for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkeys available here generally are about 14 pounds. My oven isn't large enough to roast two turkeys at once. Can I roast them the day before, cut into pieces i.e; drumsticks, thighs, wings, breasts and heat them up on the day? if so, are there any special tips you can give?

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  • Quick Snacks For Halloween

    Hi Team Nigella! My kids' friends are meeting at my house before going trick or treating. Do you have any quick snack ideas that I could serve to them before they venture out?

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