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Latest Queries

  • Maderia CakeTins

    Can I use Nigella's Madiera Cake recipe for a birthday cake? How far in advance can I make this cake? Can I cover it with fondant and how do i store it? Thank you.   

    The loaf tin specified for the Madeira Cake in the Domestic Goddess book is a 450g tin, which is a 1lb loaf tin. Is this the right size tin for this recipe as when I baked it sometime ago it didn't seem to cook, and there seemed too much mixture for the tin. I would love to make it again but have been put off because of this issue. Could someone please clear this problem up for me. Thanks, Neale.

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  • Coq au Riesling

    I would like to cook Nigella's Coq au Riesling but I'm not keen on dill. What would be a good substitute for dill in this recipe?

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  • Passionfruit Curd

    How can I make passionfruit curd thicker, like the consistency of a store bought curd? I make Nigella's Passionfruit version of the Lemon Meringue Cake from Feast. I find that the curd is always very runny. So when I pile up the meringue cake, the top cake tends to slide and the passion fruit curd would just run onto the plate and it's not very pretty though it is extremely yummy. How can I improve on this?

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  • Pomegranate Ice Cream

    I tried Nigella's recipe for No-Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream. It tasted great but there was a good amount of ice crystallisation in it. Also at the bottom of the container there was a good amount of pieces of frozen ice. How can I avoid this?

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  • Little Lemon Puddings

    I made the individual Little Lemon Puddings and the sauce and top part of the pudding stuck in the tin, but was still delicious when scraped out. Should I try a water bath next time? 

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  • Parmesan Shortbreads

    I made Nigella's Parmesan Shortbreads and they were delicious. I was wondering would it be possible to make them up to the stage where you roll them into a cylinder but then freeze them until needed and cook them when taken out of the freezer and thawed out?

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  • Slow Roasted Shoulder Of Pork

    I would like to cook the Slow-Roasted Aromatic Shoulder Of Pork from Nigella Bites. But the largest piece of pork shoulder my butcher has is 7.5kg Will it still take 24 hours to cook or should I apportion the cooking time? It has the bone on.   

    Hi there! I'm planning on cooking the Slow Roasted Aromatic Shoulder of Pork from Nigella Bites this weekend for a dinner party. Can you advise if the size of pork shoulder in the recipe (9.5 kg) is bone in or out ? I need enough for 8 hungry foodies. Many thanks, MelD.

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  • Red Velvet Valentine Cupcakes

    I can' t find buttermilk here in Cyprus and i would like to make the Red Velvet cupcakes (from Kitchen). Should I substitute the same quantity with greek yogurt or make my own buttermilk with milk and lemon? Which alternative is best for this recipe?

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