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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

  • Using Colouring Paste To Tint Buttercream

    Hi, every time I make my buttercream to ice my cupcakes the colouring will not blend properly. The colour always appears with the 'butter' showing through. I'm using Wilton icing colouring paste. Yellow appears to blend fine, but rose pink or royal blue always appear streaky. Every time I've tried this I get the same results, I try blending it more/less but to no avail. Any tips would be handy. Thank you.

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  • Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly

    I really want to make the Slut-Red Raspberries In Chardonnay Jelly recipe from Forever Summer, but I'm having a hard time finding gelatin sheets. Is there an equivalent amount of powdered gelatin that will produce the same results?

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  • Party Cocktail Sticks

    Hi Nigella & Co, I've seen an episode of Nigella Express countless times where Nigella cooks cocktail sausages with honey, soy sauce and sesame oil. My question is where can I find the delightful colourful cocktail sticks used to serve the sausages. I've looked almost everywhere! 

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  • Cake Crumbling

    Hi! The other day I made a coconut cake used called for coconut milk and brown sugar. I substituted the brown sugar with demerera sugar and followed the recipe accordingly. It all came out well but for the fact that it became too crumbly. The cake was too brittle even when cooled and cut. I was wondering what could cause this? Thank you.

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  • Soaking Chickpeas

    I remember watching a Nigella programme where she soaked chickpeas, I think with some bicarbonate of soda. I wanted to check if this is correct and what was the purpose of the bicarb?

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  • Casserole Dishes

    Dear Nigella Team, I am looking for a hob and oven proof casserole dish/pot and having trouble finding one in a reasonable price range. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Jack

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  • Storing Creme Patissiere

    Hello! I was looking at Nigella's sumptuous creme patissiere recipe in order to make some fruit tartlets. I love the combination of double cream with milk! But the recipe states that you can't put this creme patissiere in the fridge! It would be great if I could store some of this - and a shame to have to throw away any leftovers! Why can't this be stored in the fridge? What tweaks to the recipe would make it acceptable to store in the fridge? 

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  • Icing For Cookies

    Hi, I live in India and make cookies for my kids very often. Could you give me an easy icing recipe for the cookies. Also how long do cookies last? Thank you.

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