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Latest Queries

  • Christmas Ham In Coca-Cola

    I can't find a raw gammon ham where I live (Victoria, Australia) so although I would really like to try your Ham in Coca Cola recipe (How To Eat, p325) at Christmas I don't think I can get the right ingredient. Is it possible instead to boil an already cooked ham in the cola? Thank you for your time. 

    What can I substitute for the treacle in the Ham in coca cola recipe? Buddigirl

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  • Christmas Brunch - Cheese Strata

    Last December I watched a special Christmas Nigella episode on Food Network in the US. She made a wonderful dish that was very similar to a recipe I have called "Cheese Strata". I think the ingredients were scallions, cheese, eggs and milk. I searched diligently on Food Network's website and found the episode, but no recipes were provided. I've also searched on this website with "cheese" and "souffle" but still no success. I would love to make this for my family this Christmas. Hoping you can help! Beverly

    Hi there, in New Zealand Nigella's Christmas Kitchen is showing - I'm unsure which season though. There was a recipe for cheese and onion strata, pie or souffle? It was a rich cheesy egg mixture poured over sliced baguettes and has mozzarella cheese and cheddar. Please guide me to the right recipe! Teena999

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  • Turkey Brine Bouquet Garni

    Hi Nigella and team! I can't help but wonder what you mean by bouquet garni in terms of Nigella's turkey brine recipe (Feast, p10). It seems that the recipe asks for everything in a bouquet garni already, which is why I wonder why you include it? Also, I wish you would promote your sweet potato casserole (Feast, p29) more often as its fantastic and a great addition to both the Thanksgiving and Christmas table!

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  • Christmas Trifle

    Dear Nigella, I would love to serve your Boozy British Trifle (Christmas, p42) as the centerpiece of my Christmas dessert table this year, but a number of my guests are allergic to nuts. Thus the lovely pistachio garnish is off-limits. Could you suggest a similarly glorious, gorgeous, nut-free alternative? Many thanks, Jennifer M.

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  • Non-Alcoholic Feeding of Christmas Cakes

    Can I feed my Christmas cake with fresh orange juice instead of alcohol? Please could you also advise me when can I ice my cake (using fondant icicng) as I'm not sure if the icing will go hard if I ice it now? Thank you! .

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  • Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake

    I would like to make Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake (Christmas, p180) for Christmas. Would my springform pan work for this?

    I would like to make a half-sized version of the Incredibly Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake and would like your advice on quantities and cooking times.

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  • Jewelled Christmas Cake

    A few years ago I made a Nigella quick Christmas cake with a glazed fruit topping. I can't seem to find the recipe again, please could you help? With thanks.

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  • Christmas Canape - Potato Pancakes

    I am throwing a Christmas holiday party soon and I am planning on making Nigella's Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon from Nigella Express (p198). How long in advance can I griddle the potato pancakes? Thank you.

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