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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

  • Cooking Two Chickens

    Nigella talks about cooking two chickens - one for now and one for later. If you cook two birds of the same size/weight at the same time, do you need to lengthen the cooking time, or is it the same as for one bird? Also, if you're cooking something savoury like a chicken, would you cook biscuits /cake at the same time in the oven, or will the flavours mix? Thanks, Jane

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  • Golden Syrup

    Dear Nigella Team, Please explain what Golden Syrup is (ingredients that make up the syrup). Also, is it sold in the states or is there mail order information that you can share. Thank you. Diane Henry 

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  • How To Use Up Egg Yolks

    I want to make macaroons but will have up to 5 egg yolks left over. What can I do with them all, that isn't mayonaise!!

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  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    The recipe Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake (Feast, p269) requires sour cream in both the cake and icing. I want to bake this cake a day in advance for my twins birthday. Can this be done or will the cream/icing/cake spoil? What is the shelf life of this cake?

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  • Roast Beef

    My husband and children LOVE roast beef but I can't seem to cook it so that it is edible. Help! I need a recipe or a cooking technique please.

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  • Truffle Oil

    Hi, I've recently purchased some truffle oil but it's hard to find recipes for it. Do you have a few quick/easy recipes, plus some to use a dinner party, that would be great. Thanks

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  • Vanilla Pods (Beans)

    Would love to know a good site for buying vanilla pods online. Lots of sites but unsure about quality. Any suggestions?

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  • Lemon Curd and Passionfruit Curd

    How do I make lemon curd at home?   

    Could you tell me the measurement in millilitres (mls) for juice for the Passion Fruit Curd recipe in Domestic Goddess (p344). You say 11 passion fruit, but I use passionfruit nectar, so need to measure it. Thanks, Sangoy.

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