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I would like to make Nigella's Beef Stew With Anchovies and Thyme. I do not have anchovies but I do have anchovy paste. Can I substitute this? Thanks, Stephanie.
Dear Nigella Team, I was wondering if it's possible to freeze the anchovies from an opened can. Sometimes in recipes you only need part of the contents of a can, and I feel bad throwing the rest away. I don't particularly like to eat them just from the can, since their taste is very strong. So would it be possible to freeze the anchovies that are left over? Thank you very much in advance for the answer! Lucy.
Posted by Stephabthom. Answered on 12th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi, I've made Nigella's Breakfast Bars twice now, but I leave out the coconut because I don't like it, and they turn out really, really, hard! Is this because I left out the coconut? Could you suggest something I could add to make them more moist? Or should I just bake for less time? Thank you!
Hi, I really like the look of the Breakfast Bars featured on the website but I have a nut allergy. I am just wondering if you have any suggestions of what to use instead of peanuts in this recipe?
Posted by mambach. Answered on 11th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Nigella's Golden Fruit Cake recipe calls for dried pears. In my area I can't get them so is there a substitute or can I make my own?
Posted by jack2k6. Answered on 10th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
It is a friend's 50th birthday party and we need a inexpensive decadent dessert for 50 people. Perhaps something that can be prepared before time and then served at the appropriate time. Something really special, something in the style that Nigella would love to finish off late at night? Many thanks, Rose.
Posted by magiczingara. Answered on 9th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Nigella often uses long red chillies in her recipes but I can't find them all year through. Could you suggest a way to keep them as long as possible? I wonder if they can be frozen? Thanks!
Posted by Sagia. Answered on 8th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi, I was wondering how long Nigella's Instant Chocolate Mousse will last in the fridge? I made some today and it is fantastic but I won't be able to finish all of the portions today. Will they keep in the fridge until tomorrow or the day after?
Posted by Buzunesh. Answered on 7th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
I would like to cook Nigella's Chocolate Mousse Cake but how do I get the base of tinfoil off? The instructions only cover the sides. The cake doesn't look as if it should be inverted twice, nor does scraping the foil off every slice as you serve it. So how is the trick done?
Posted by Jerry118. Answered on 6th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hello Nigella Team! Can I substitute butter for oil in Nigella's Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake? If so, how much? Will it affect the taste or texture? If oil is not possible, what are the other possible substitutes? Many thanks, Brandon
Posted by brand.seph. Answered on 5th Mar 2013 at 12.00Read The Answer