Contemporary comfort food
10:48 18 January 2012
We may be coming towards the end of winter but the good British weather is still painting the skies grey and blowing umbrellas inside out. Most of us would much prefer to sit indoors with the central heating as high as it can without melting the windows, scoffing some well deserved comfort food. After all, a few extra pounds help to keep us warm. Dont they?
Comfort food doesnt have to be stew, followed by a bowl of jam roly poly and custard. Contemporary comfort food can work just as well. Why not try out some of these ideas to make the dreary days a bit brighter.
- Macaroni cheese has always been one of a comfort food lovers favourite. Spice this classic dish up by adding garlic and even a bit of chilli if you really do want to literally spice it up. Bake in the oven with a top layer of tomatoes, breadcrumbs and of course, extra cheese.
- What could be more warming than a hot pot. The clue is in the name, but this doesnt have to be your Grans ancient recipe even if it is scrumptious, try this new spin on an old favourite. Instead of the traditional ingredients use beans and sausages instead. This is very easy to make, just fry the sausages and add the rest of the ingredients in a casserole dish. Simple but delicious.
- The smell of a roast beef dinner cooking in the kitchen is one of those homely, comforting scents so re-create the roast dinner with a few wintery touches. Simply roast the joint of beef, remembering to save the juices for some tasty gravy. Instead of the usual, cauliflower and broccoli - roast some winter vegetables such as parsnips, onions, carrots and courgettes alongside your potatoes for a rustic winter roast.
- If its your sweet tooth which is craving a bit of comfort in the colder months an alternative to the summery lemon tart is the beautiful apple and vanilla tart. Sweet and not too sickly this pastry pudding can be served hot or cold, and with lashings of cream or custard, it is perfect after a day out in the cold.
- If you want to indulge in something a little more calorific why not try adding different spices or fruits to a batch of shortbread which will go perfectly with a hot cup of tea. Alternatively, a fudge and chocolate brownie cake served warm with ice cream or custard will do the same job and instantly satisfy your comfort food craving.
Find all the recipes in full at bbcgoodfood.com and dont forget the hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows too!