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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

  • Non-Cream Ice Cream

    My sister is allergic to cream. Double, single, whipping, even full fat creme fraiche. I really want to make her an ice cream for Christmas but don't know how I can get the air into the ingredients if using a base, such as low fat creme fraiche, which won't whip as the fat content is too low. Sorbets and granitas just dont cut it for indulgence at Christmas time! Please can you help with some ideas? She loves ice cream but can only seem to eat some commercial ice cream cones - a sure sign that they don't contain cream! Many thanks.

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  • Chocolate Chestnut Pots

    Hi Team, I want to make Nigella's Chocolate Chestnut Pots from the Christmas book but can only find unsweetened chestnut puree where I live. How many grams of sugar should I add to a tin to give the required sweetness? Thank you!

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  • Flavourless Vegetable Oil

    Nigella's recipes often suggest using "flavourless vegetable oil". What oil should I buy please?

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  • Sweet And Salty Nut Crunch Bars

    What would the American equivalents be for the honeycomb candy, and golden syrup used in Nigella's Sweet and Salty Nut Crunch Bars (from Kitchen)? Thank you!

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  • Crisp Chicken Cutlets

    I made the the Crisp Chicken Cutlets from Nigella's Kitchen book. They turned out very nicely except for the fact that the crumb didn't want to stay on the chicken. It would either stick to the pan or just fall off while cooking. Do you have any tips to keep the crumb on the chicken?

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  • Christmas Pudding - Stir-Up Sunday

    I always make the Ultimate Christmas Pudding for my family on Christmas day and they LOVE it. So this year I want to make smaller ones to give as Christmas presents to the family members we won't be seeing. Probably in 1lb sizes or smaller. I just wondered about the time they would require to be steamed for on day of making and on Christmas day. Because I'm sure that the 5hrs initially plus 3 hrs on Christmas day would be far to much for smaller ones. Many Thanks.

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  • Shortcut Sausage Meatballs

    I love Nigella's Shortcut Sausage meatballs from her new book and make it both for myself and the 3 boys I nanny for. Is there any point in the recipe that I can freeze it? Many thanks Jo

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  • Bakeware in India

    Hi, I bought a couple of Nigella's cookbooks which mention various websites from which one can order bakeware, ingredients etc. However, most of these sites do not deliver outside the UK. Are there any websites you recommend that are economical and also deliver to India? Many ingredients and also bakeware are not available in India so I would love to know where I can order them online. Thanks.

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