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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

  • Express Macaroni Cheese

    I have made Nigella's Macaroni Cheese from Express on several occasions but I'm certain I must be doing something wrong. After the suggested cooking time the outside edges have set and become quiche like and the centre of the dish is not set at all. I presume from the description the sauce is supposed to remain creamy. On my last attempt I gave the whole dish a stir after cooking hoping to get a more uniform texture but I just ended up with something resembling scrambled egg. I love the quickness of this and I am desperate for this to work. Please help!

    Hi Nigella team! My question refers to the nutmeg in the Macaroni Cheese. I bought ground nutmeg and was wondering how much of it do I put into the cheese and egg mixture? Thank you!

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  • Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

    After making the Dense Chocolate Loaf cake a few times, for some reason, I am not getting the sugary crust that I once did. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • Dry Slow Roast Pork Belly

    I'm afraid the Slow Roast Pork Belly didn't work for me. I followed it to the letter, including cooking time and oven temperature and the pork was far too overcooked - inedible and very disappointing

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  • Cracked Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

    I've always made your recipes and all of it turns out great. But I made the Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes and the tops cracked a lot, and it doesn't look much like a cupcake at all. But taste wise is very good. 

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  • Pavlova Queries

    I would like to make the Cappucino Pavlova with the Two Chicks liquid eggs, as Nigella mentioned in the recipe. How much of the contents is equal to one egg white please? Thanks Rachel.

    We made the Mini Pavlovas but unfortunately did not get on very well. The meringues are very flat and stuck together on the tray. They taste nice but as they're stuck to the greaseproof paper, we can't really use them at all.

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  • Bitter Orange Ice Cream

    Hi, I would like to know how long the Bitter Orange Ice Cream will keep in the freezer? I have just found the Seville oranges in the greengrocers and I would like to serve it in a month's time. I know Nigella says you can zest and juice the oranges and freeze (or freeze the oranges whole?) but do you defrost this before making the ice cream and is it inferior to making the ice cream with the fresh oranges?

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  • 8 Inch Diameter Nutella Cake

    Hi, my springform pan is only 8 inches while the Nutella Cake specifies a 9-inch pan. If I use the 8-inch pan, how should I adjust the cooking time?

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  • Beans For White Bean Mash

    I don't see anything named 'white beans' in my shop so for the White Bean Mash do I use cannellini beans or butter beans? Thanks for your help.

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