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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

  • Lemon Polenta Cake

    Dear Nigella Team, I have just seen NIgella on TV making the Lemon Polenta Cake and I think that my family would love it, particularly as I have family members who are gluten intolerant.  However I was also wondering if I could replace the sugar with fructose? Thank you in advance, Alexandra

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  • Easter Egg Nest Cake

    I find the dark chocolate used in the topping for Nigella's Easter Egg Nest Cake a little rich and sharp, have you any suggestions as to how to reduce this?

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  • Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Daughter has requested the Chocolate Fudge Cake from Nigella Bites for her birthday. The only ingredient I can't seem to find is corn oil. Is there any other oil I can use instead?

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  • Freezing Hot Cross Buns

    Hi Nigella, I want to make the hot cross buns in advance. Can I freeze the dough, if so at what stage and then when I want them, how do I proceed? Thank you

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  • Chicken And Rib Marinade

    I would like to make Nigella's Maple Chicken 'N' Ribs but what can I use instead of maple syrup? It is very difficult to find where I live. 

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  • Gorgeously Golden Fruit Cake

    I am hoping to make Nigella's Gorgeously Golden Fruitcake for my parents 60th wedding anniversary and was wondering if this can be iced with marzipan and royal icing successfully. If not, would there be a suggested alternative at all please? Thank you so much for such a wonderful website. 

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  • Passover Desserts

    Hi, I am trying to come with some good, tacky Passover dessert ideas, for something that goes beyond brownish dishes meant to resemble bricks and mortar. Justyna

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  • Keeping New Orleans Coleslaw

    I've been making Nigella's New Orleans Coleslaw quite a lot recently in individual portions and just wondered how long it would keep in the fridge if I made a big bowl at the weekend? Thanks Steph

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