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    On one of the Christmas TV repeats Nigella made some savoury pancakes with smoked salmon on top. I would love to make these but can't find the recipe. I have the Nigella Express and Christmas books and can't find them in there - can you point me in the right direction please as they looked lovely. Thanks, Carol.

    I saw Nigella make a carrot cake on one of her shows on TV, but I couldn't write it all down. I have searched the website, but nothing comes up, and it looked so delicious. It had carrot, almond flour, 3 eggs, oil, caster sugar, pine nuts, and sultanas soaked in a liqueur. It was served with marscapone. PLEASE help me - I want a gluten free carrot cake, and this was perfect. Thank you so much.

    From the nigella team:

    The little pancakes (sometimes known as blinis) are potato pancakes and appear in Nigella's book Feast (p110). They are made with a combination of potato flour and plain (all-purpose) flour. The potato flour is gluten-free and gives the pancakes a very soft texture. These little pancakes use baking powder and bicarbonate of soda as raising agents so if you would like a more classic blini recipe, which is leavened with yeast, then try the Blini recipe from How To Eat (p170).

    The carrot cake made with almond four (ground almonds) and pine nuts is the Venetian Carrot Cake from Kitchen (p278). The website also has several of Nigella's gluten free cake recipes on-line. You can search for them by going into the "Recipes" section of the website and refining your search by checking the "Nigella's Own", "'Baking" and "Gluten Free" options.

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