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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Best Cocoa Powder for Cakes

    Which cocoa powder do you recommend for the Devil's Food Cake? Also I want to make a 14'' square by 4'' high cake using Nigella's recipe,how much do you reckon I will need to achieve this? Thanks for your time.

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  • Sesame Noodles

    I like the recipe for Sesame Noodles from Nigella Express, but we have a person with nut allergies in our family. What could be used to replace the peanut butter so that they may be able to enjoy the recipe too?

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  • Chestnut Puree

    I live in South Africa and not sure where to get the chestnut puree for Nigella's Chocolate Chestnut Pots. Is there anything I could use as a substitute and also what other liquor besides rum could I use?

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  • Measurements in Recipes

    Hi, I have a question about the quantities of meat in the recipes in Nigella's book 'Kitchen'. When it says for example 500g chicken thigh fillets (no skin or bones), does this 500g include the bones? Also, is there an substitute for allspice? If not, where could I find it? And last question, where could I find a bouqet garni, or can I make this mysef? Thank you very much in advance!

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  • Soft Foods

    I have been advised to have a soft food diet due to severe wisdom teeth pain. Any food ideas that aren't soup and porridge?

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  • Old Garlic Bulbs

    How do you know when garlic bulbs have gone off?

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  • Scones

    Buttermilk is hard to find where I live. What can I use as an alternative?

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  • Measuring a Cake Tin

    Hi, I want to make Nigella's Custard Sponge Cake (from Feast) for my Mum's Birthday this Saturday and the recipe states that two 20cm cake tins will be required. I have measured my cake tins and they measure 20cm across the top from lip to lip but only 17cm on the bottom and therefore on the inside. Is this the right size tin or is this considered a 17cm cake tin? If I do use these will I have too much mixture to fit in? HELP!

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