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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

  • House Party Menu

    I am having a house warming party for 30+ people in cold Sydney and need advice on a tasty but well organised menu. My twin brother who was a great entertainer used to serve beef stroganoff or chilli con carne and a rare roast beef. I need advice especially for that walk in the door finger food and dessert. I am usually too ambitious and over cater so would really appreciate some help! Thanks, Julia

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  • Sticky Spicy Spare Ribs

    Hi, I just watched an episode of one of Nigella's shows where she made some chili and honey ribs that needed 1 hour and 30 minutes in the oven. I can´t find the recipe? Also on the show was Slut Red Rasberries In Chardonnay Jelly. Can you help me to find the recipe? Thanks, Julie

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  • Pumpkin Seed Oil

    I would like to make Nigella's Spinach, Avocado and Pumpkin Seed salad but I haven't been able to find pumpkin oil. what could I use as a substitute?

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  • Icing On Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    I made Nigella's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake but the icing turned out to be grainy. I added a little water but nothing happened. I even mixed it properly but its grainy texture remained

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  • Chocolate Pavlova

    I'm thinking about making a Chocolate And Raspberry Pavlova for a dessert but I need to leave the  house for a couple of hours and I will need to serve the pavlova quite soon after my return. If I make the pavlova before I leave would it be possible to leave the pavlova in the oven until I get back? My father said it would be best to turn off the oven when I go out but would it be possible to keep it in the oven with the oven switched off until I return? 

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  • Base Of No-Fuss Fruit Tart

    I made Nigella's No-Fuss Fruit Tart following the recipe but the base did not stick togethere, it crumbled it was dry. What happened?

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  • Quest For A Round Roasting Pan

    I was rewatching an episode of Kitchen and was wondering where Nigella sourced the round roasting pan she used to cook the Roast Dug Legs with Potatoes? (It was also used for her fabulous looking Toad in the Hole). I haven't been able to find a similar round pan that is useable on both the hob and in the oven. Thanks, Liz

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  • Amaretti In Anglo Italian Trifle

    I want to make Nigella's Anglo Italian Trifle but I just wondered if the amaretti biscuits will actually go soft or will they stay crunchy? Thanks.

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