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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

  • Cooking Pasta

    Help! I always seem to overcook dried pasta, but the cooking times listed on the box always result in pasta that is way too hard and tastes raw, not al dente. I always keep the water at a full boil when cooking the pasta. What could I be doing wrong? (This is actually a problem I've had for years but never asked anyone!)

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake

    I have made 3 of the Chocolate Guinness Cakes from Nigella's book Feast and, whilst they are delicious, they are not as dark in colour as the pictures. I am using Tesco own brand cocoa powder. Is this maybe the problem? Should I be using another brand?

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  • What to Serve With Patè

    For my party starter I'm looking at making a chicken liver patè. Other than toast, what would you suggest as the ideal accompaniment? Cheers!

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  • Spaghetti Suggestions

    Hi Team Nigella, I need to make a cheese and vegetable spaghetti dish (suitable for vegetarians). Can you please suggest some recipes?

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  • Chilli with Cornmeal Lid

    I saw Nigella making a chilli (on Dutch tv) and when it was in its pot she put a top layer of cornmeal on it, before putting it in the oven. She promised it would add flavour. So, when I was in England, I bought cornmeal, but now I cannot find the recipe and I do not know how she made it. Help me please! Vanvliet

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  • Golden Syrup Substitute

    Hi, I live in India and cannot find golden syrup anywhere. I would love to try the Hokey Pokey recipe by Nigella so could please suggest any substitute for it?

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  • Japanese Prawns

    I have recently seen an episode of Nigella's Kitchen and she made a salad with prawns using mirin and called it "Japanese Prawns" but I can't find the recipe anywhere. Can you help?

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  • Devil's Food Cake

    Hi there! I attempted Nigella's Devil's Food Cake from Kitchen and it hardly rose at all. Please could you let me know what I might have done wrong? All of the ingredients were carefully measured and all at room temperature, but alas a very small cake. Thanks, Moya

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