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Hi Nigella, first of all, I am a great fan of yours!. I wanted to ask what is the substitute of white wine in the Cheddar Cheese Risotto, as I cannot buy alcohol in my home state of Gujarat, India.
Posted by rufinashah. Answered on 15th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
I tried this recipe for the first time today but missed out the bicarbonate of soda in error. I thought as it was only half a teaspoon it wouldn't have too much of an effect but the cake didn't rise and it was dense rather than fluffy so it went in the bin! Apart from missing the bicarb I did everything as per the recipe (all ingredients together in the food processor) so does the bicarb make the difference and if so why?
I wanted to make my brother's 21st birthday cake! I found the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake on Nigella's website. I thought yes, this is exactly what I am looking for! I am just curious why the cake I made is as flat as a pancake? I made it in a moderately small cake tin, followed all the instructions and used all the right measurements. Is it because we have different ingredients here in New Zealand vs. the UK? Or is it because I used baking soda that expired in 2011? I would like to make this recipe again because it is just so simple. Thank you. S.T
Posted by kblackett. Answered on 14th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
When I was making Nigella's Chocolate Orange Mousse I melted the dark chocolate and tried to loosen it with a third of the cream mixture but it just all seized up and went very thick which meant I couldn't fold it into remaining cream mixture. I had left the chocolate to cool first. What could have gone wrong and how do I avoid this next time? Thanks
Posted by Katrina Blake. Answered on 13th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi Nigella Team, I love Nigella's 'Aromatic Spiced Ham' and am reluctant to waste the stock which remains once the ham has finished cooking. Could you recommend any uses/recipes for this leftover, beautiful aromatic stock? Thanks, SLH.
Posted by SLH. Answered on 12th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi, I have tried Nigella's Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding and it did not work as there was too much liquid. The recipe says pour over 500 ml boiling water but surely this is far too much? Kind regards Jane.
I was planning on making the Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding in advance for a party so that I don't have to worry about assembling and cooking it in the evening. Is this possible or will the sauce dry out when it is re-heated? Thanks, IzzyBelle.
Posted by Jheron. Answered on 11th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
I would like to know if I can substitute liquorice with chocolate. As in New Delhi, India I cannot find liquorice and would like to make Nigella's Liquorice Pudding
Posted by rakitarajput. Answered on 10th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
I recently tried making the Blonde Mocha Layer Cake but the sponges both sank and then cracked, and the icing did not set properly. I followed the recipe to the letter with the one exception that I used half fat creme fraiche in the icing. What else could have gone wrong? Thanks.
Posted by Debzlou. Answered on 9th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
I made Nigella's Coconut Macaroons today and they came out bone dry with no moisture and collapsed, it was just dried coconut. I used shredded coconut which was very dry itself with no moisture. I cooked them for 16 mins. Please help I am dying to get these to work, as I am spending a fortune on store-bought ones!
Posted by Moiraarmstrong. Answered on 8th May 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer