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Latest Queries

  • Frozen Cranberries for Christmas Chutney

    I want to make Nigella's Christmas Chutney soon to allow the flavours time to mature in time for Christmas. However, I can't seem to find fresh or frozen cranberries at the moment. Could you let me know what shops stock them, and if dried cranberries could be substituted? Many thanks, Caroline

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  • Cleaning an Unloved Ceramic hob

    Nigella, I've recently moved into a apartment where there's been a sadly unloved ceramic hob that's seen better days -some time ago! Each of the ceramic plates (the rough grey kind, not the nice shiny new ones available) are stained and marked with burnt on 'food'. What can I use to restore the plates? The smell of burning 'matter' is revolting. Short of replacing it I'm at a loss what to do! I've used cream cleaners, but that just adds to the acrid burning smell that I'm hoping to avoid.

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  • Cheese Spread for Cream Cheese?

    Hello there! I'm from India and am currently not able to get cream cheese. I wanted to know if I could substitute cheese spread that we use for sandwiches for cream cheese or not? I want to use it for peanut butter cheesecake in Kitchen.

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  • Christmas Turkey Soaked in Brine

    Can the soaking in brine method be used for a boneless turkey crown and what would be the estimated cooking times for crown weight of 2kg? We are having our Christmas meal in 2 weeks as my daughter is leaving for Australia for 1yr - so I want the meal to be extra special! Many thanks. Liz

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  • Ice Cream - How Much In Liters?!

    I am just about to buy an ice cream maker - in order to try Nigella's recipes from "Forever summer". The only ice cream maker I can find here has the capacity of 1 liter. I do not have a clue is this is a too small or not. It would help me a lot if you tell me how many liters of ice cream I get when Nigella writes that it is for 6-8 persons, or 10-12 or 8 persons. Thank you in advance! Best regards, Suzana W

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  • Self-Rising Flour Substitution

    What is the correct substitution for the self-rising flour called for in Nigella's baking recipes? Are both baking powder and salt added to regular all-purpose flour or just the baking powder? Is baking soda added as well? What should I use as a recipe, to substitute for all-purpose flour?

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  • Roasted Peppers for Jumbo Chilli Sauce

    Can I just say how much I love Nigella and her TV shows/books. She is truly an inspiration! And even though I'm British, I'm living in Japan, so if she ever comes to Japan, I can recommend some great restaurants! Anyway, I am planning to make the Jumbo Chilli Sauce but unfortunately can't buy jars of roasted peppers in Japan. So, should I roast my own, or are raw peppers okay? I've never roasted peppers before, so a little uncertain of the process. Thank you in advance!! Craig

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  • Ingredients To Always Have In The Kitchen?

    I would love to have a list of non-perishable foods to always have at hand in the kitchen. There've been so many times that I just couldn't figure out what to do for dinner and couldn't make anything out of what I had! What are some key foods to always have at hand in my pantry that are versatile to make many different meals? For those times where I say, "I have no idea what to make for dinner. Oh, I have this, this, this, this and this in my pantry! I can throw all that together and voila! A last minute meal!" Thank you so much!

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