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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

  • Tarragon Chicken

    I saw Nigella, on Nigella Kitchen, earlier this week, on Food Channel I think, cooking Tarragon Chicken and have not been able to find the recipe on either the Food Channel website or on her own website. Is it available online please?

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  • Slow Roasted Pork Belly

    Hello there from New Zealand! I am going to make them Nigella's Slow Roasted Pork Belly, which looks amazing! Could you please tell me if the oven should be set to "fan-forced" or just "bake"? Fan-forced/fan-baked can end up cooking things a lot faster than just "bake" so I want to make sure I get the right setting. No one likes dry pork! Thanks a million! Kim

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  • Sticky Toffee Pudding

    Can I use demerara sugar instead of dark muscovado sugar in the Sticky Toffee Pudding? I have a lot of demerara sugar at home and don't want to waste it. Regards Jasmine

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  • Chocolate Sauce For Churros

    Hi, I'm Payal. I live in India and I can't find golden syrup and double cream to make the chocolate dipping sauce for Nigella's churros recipe. Is there anything else I can use?

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  • Chocolate Fudge Cake

    I made Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake in Australia and it was moist and beautiful. However now I live in San Diego and when I made the cake it was completely different, it was dry and broke up. Any ideas?

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  • Chocolate Chips for Cookies

    I'm really struggling to find decent quality dark chocolate chips anywhere in London, can you recommend anywhere or should I give up? Will cutting up a bar of good chocolate and adding that do instead? I am worried about them just melting and making a mess rather than staying as chocolate morsels within the baked cookie.

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  • Frangelico Tiramisu

    I made Nigella's Frangelico Tiramisu last week for the first time. It tasted absolutely delicious but I wonder if I did something wrong. When I started to serve it after its 6 hour chilling, I found that there was quite a lot of the espresso mixture in the bottom of the dish; it was as if most of the liquid had sunk to the bottom during refrigeration. I followed the recipe and thought I was being careful to use exactly half of the Frangelico-espresso mixture in each of the two layers. But the tiramisu was so wet at the bottom, I felt it spoiled the dessert somewhat, even though it tasted lovely. What might have gone wrong and how can I resolve this next time?

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  • Freezing Chocolate Cheesecake

    What is the procedure for freezing Nigella's Chocolate Cheesecake (with ganache sauce)? I need to transport out of town so I'd like to freeze it ahead and pack in a cooler. Do I put the ganache sauce on and then freeze?  Will the ganache cut well after being frozen or will it crack and make a mess? Thanks for your help!

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