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Comfort food with a twist

11 Aug 2011

What food do you cook when you’re at home?

Not contemporary Asian-French fusion with a touch of Pacific Rim, I’m sure. I surely don’t, I go for those lip-smacking old favourites that we all love like spaghetti bolognaise and lasagne.

I mean, what pops your tart more on a midweek night… a rich and meaty cottage pie topped with buttery mash, or a truffle-infused pigeon terrine with a langoustine jus?

There’s definitely a space for fabulous fine dining and restaurant food. But when you’re living life day to day and need to fill that end-of-the-day hunger, it’s real live food you want, not an artistic offering to the food gods.

It seems that overseas, comfort food with a twist is trending. Our sassy ed-in-chief, Sam Wilson was at The Taste of London recently and saw this in action. She had the gastro-pleasure of sinking her gnashers into a foie gras burger and a fancy hotdog – trés cool you must agree?

You can gourmet-up a burger in no time by adding interesting spices and fresh herbs to the patty and ladle on some funky sauces. Get some inspiration from our amazing hamburger competition and cast your vote for your favourite one.

How about adding some heaven into your mac ‘n cheese? Try this mac ‘n cheese with a twist or this oozey 3 cheese macaroni and cheese

Try these for jazzed-up lasagne: Broccoli and ricotta lasagne, grilled aubergine lasagne and this lighter open lasagne with chicken, peas and lemon.

Pump up those porkers with these funky recipes: Bangers and mash with a sweet-chilli glaze, braised pork sausages and spinach mash, and these perfectly delicious pork sausages in honey with mustard mashed potatoes

So you see, it’s easy to bump up those basics to movie star status without the fuss.

Happy cooking!


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