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Where can I buy fresh curry leaves - loose but preferably as a plant? Can they be purchased online?
Posted by Annie214. Answered on 13th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I saw Nigella do a receipe ages ago, where she cooked a tomato sauce and added rice which swelled the sauce up and gave it substance. Can you let me know which recipe this is? Many thanks Emily.
Posted by SPARKLEYEM. Answered on 12th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi there! Can you please point me to recipes for snacks and finger food for a classy, formal, cocktail birthday celebration? Thanks! Lynette
Posted by Jellytot45. Answered on 11th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I have all of Nigella's cookbooks and some recipes call for fish sauce. My children and I are allergic to it and my husband doesn't like it. What can we substitute in place of fish sauce without sacrificing some of the authenticity of taste?
Posted by vsmitten. Answered on 10th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I can't find Nigella's recipe for devilled pork chops in my copies of Nigella Express or How to Eat and I know I have used it many times! Please help if you can guide me to this one of the recipes in Nigella's cookbooks. Thanks, Cynthia Palank
Posted by maxie. Answered on 9th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I have been looking at Nigella's Venetian Carrot Cake recipe in Kitchen and I'm wondering if I can use flour instead of ground almonds? If yes, then what amount of flour should I use? Also can I use something else instead of the rum? Thank you. Nisha
Posted by nishaa. Answered on 8th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I made the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nigella Express for the first time. I followed the recipe carefully, except that I only added 250g choc chips instead of 350g. My cookies went as flat as a pancake, and spread all over the tray as they baked! Is this because there was too much fat in the recipe? They still tasted delicious I might add, and I made the second sheet of them smaller, and drizzled white chocolate over them and popped half a red glace cherry on the top, and they will pass muster. How can I make them turn out like the picture in the book?
Posted by Mrs Chappie. Answered on 7th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I love a good seed cake and caraway is my favourite flavour. I was wondering if it's possible to turn it into a dessert, served with fruit and cream, yogurt or mascarpone? If yes, which complementary flavours might you recommend? Many thanks.
Posted by Bakery Babe. Answered on 6th Aug 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer