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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

  • Nostalgic Craving For Cake

    Hi Team Nigella, I have a very vivid memory of eating delicious chocolate sponge cake, served at children's parties when I was little (about 20-25 years ago), that had desiccated coconut either in the cake mixture or in the icing. It seemed to be a popular choice for birthday cakes back then, but I haven't had anything like it for years! If this sounds at all familiar to you (or is it just me that remembers it?), then have you any idea how I could recreate it at home? Thanks very much! Zoe

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  • Wedding Pavlova - Made in Advance?

    I'd like to make the Wedding Pavlova for an anniversary supper, but won't have time in the afternoon that day. Would the meringue hold up for 9-10 hours in the fridge if I top it with whipped cream and passionfruit that morning? I think I'd have to leave off the peaches for sure. Any advice? Thanks!

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  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips

    Good morning from Oz, I've seen Nigella make a cheesecake or cake using peanut butter and chocolate swirled chips. A friend got me some when she was in the US and now I can't remember which show had the recipe in it (and I don't think it is the cheesecake with the peanuts in the base). Can you let me know which one it is? Thank you Jenny

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  • Golden Syrup

    In Italy I cannot find golden syrup but maple syrup is available, is this ok to use as a substitute?

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  • Lemon Curd

    I was wondering if there are any substitutes for or ways of making homemade lemon curd and sour cream? These ingredients are not available off the shelf where I live, so I have been unable to try so many of Nigella's recipes. Also, is there any way of increasing the fat content in heavy cream? Love, Surbhi India

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  • Rocky Road Crunch Bars

    I am going to make these for a summer fete on Saturday and was wondering if I made them on Wednesday or Thursday how long they would keep for and would they still be good for the fair? Thank you!

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  • Shredded Coconut

    Where can I buy shredded coconut? I have tried usual avenues but to no avail! I wanted some for the coconut macaroons recipe.

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  • Cornflour/Cornstarch and Potato Flour

    When a recipe states cornflour, does it really mean cornstarch? Nigella's baked cheesecake recipe mentions cornflour or potato flour, but there is no such thing as potato flour where I live, only potato starch. So is the cornflour also starch? Kind regards, Joanna

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