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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

  • No Sour Cream For Cheesecake

    Hi! I live in a small Greek town and there isn't any sour cream or crème fraiche available in the shops. Could I use Greek yogurt as a substitute for recipes such as Nigella's Peanut Butter Cheesecake or the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake? Thank you.   

    I can't get sour cream here in Portugal. I have substituted plain yogurt before now, but is this the best alternative? We do have wee boxes of UHT cream, would that be better for most things? Thanks, Carol Williamson

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  • Mugs and Cups

    Hello, team Nigella. Where can I find those cool vintage-looking green cups with the black trim along the rim from that Nigella uses? They featured in the Halloween green cupcake entry and the espresso cups were seen on "Nigellissima" in the episode that featured the Sambuca Kisses. Many thanks!

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  • Sirloin Steak

    Hi, I would love to cook a tender, moist sirloin steak for my father. However, I find it a challenge to cook it "well-done" (as he likes it) and keep it tender (not tough) and moist. Any tips? I so enjoy "Nigella Bites"! 

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  • Buttermilk Birthday Cupcakes

    My husband loves Nigella's Buttermilk Birthday Cake and I was wondering if I can use the same mix to make cupcakes? If so, does this affect oven temperature and what cooking time do you advise?

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  • Nigella's Plate Stand

    In Nigella's kitchen in her TV show NIgella Bites has a plate stand which is hung just above the wash basin. I am in Munbai and have been trying to find something similar. I've looked in Dubai and my husband keeps travelling so if you know where I may be able to get a similar one I would be very grateful! Thank you, Anamika

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  • Crisp Cheesecake Crust

    I have made both baked and non-baked versions of cheesecakes. Though I blind baked the biscuit crumb layer, it still becomes soggy after setting the whole cheesecake in the refrigerator overnight. Is there any way to keep the base more crisp? Also baking it blind makes it difficult to slice the cheesecake easily. Any advice?

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  • Chocolate Fudge Cake In Advance

    I am thinking of making Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake for my son's wedding. I am doing two cakes, one madeira and the other chocolate fudge. As I will not be able to make either of these too far ahead and I will still have to decorate them can you tell me if this would keep well for say three days?

    How long will Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake keep for? Thanks, Ipfishburn.

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  • Marmalade Pudding Cake

    Hi, would love to try Nigella's Marmalde Pudding Cake but I only have a 22cm square dish. Could the cake be made in this or should I invest in a 25cm one as stated in recipe? Thanks.

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