Just because you're in lockdown doesn’t mean your palate can’t travel the world.
Try these recipes from around the globe and go on a self-isolation culinary journey – a ‘tour de taste buds’ – one delicious morsel at a time.
The ultimate comfort food, if you have pasta in the pantry, take your tummy on an adventure to Italy
with these 26 seafood pasta recipes
. If you’re feeling really adventurous – and since you may have a bit more time on your hands, why not make the pasta from scratch
like a true Italian.
(That is if you can get your hands on any flour of course…)
Highly underrated in the western world but a breakfast staple and familiar fave in Chinese and Vietnamese
culture, the humble congee
is both comforting and transportive.
’s version of our national dish – the BBQ – simple but tasty and packed with flavour. The spirit of this dish is about sharing with friends and family so get the video call fired up and chow down together.
’s answer to the humble cheese toastie, the crispy, gooey and completely devourable gozleme
isn’t as hard to make as it looks. Also, maybe it’s healthy because it includes spinach too.
In fact, is flatbread perfect isolation pantry staple food? From Greece, Italy and the Middle East to Mexico and India, there’s pretty much no culture that hasn’t tackled the flatbread. Check out this list of 35 flatbread-centric recipes featuring unleavened bread from all around the world.
Made predominantly from oatmeal, these wholesome rolls
are an oaty variation of the all flour-based version. Best straight from the oven with lashings of butter and dipped into a steaming bowl of the most comforting soup known to man, Cullen Skink
, these little pillows of delight will have you longing for the misty bens and lochs of Scotland
with love comes this cream-sauce covered favourite, stroganoff
, which is both winter- and isolation-appropriate.
, as you may be aware, is a culinary powerhouse. Characterised by punchy, bold and piquant flavours, there are many Mexican superstar dishes ideal for isolation eating – nachos, tacos, enchiladas – but the criminally underrated chilaquiles
should be added to your repertoire, stat.
may be in lockdown but you can show your solitary solidarity by cooking their national dish paella
(pronounced: pie-ay-yah) from the safety of your own kitchen. Rice, protein, a healthy smattering of veg – the hearty dish can easily be adapted to ingredients you have.
It’s hard to beat a standard mash but Ireland
’s riff on the classic with Colcannon potatoes
will have you pledging allegiance to the land of leprechauns, rainbows and Guinness quicker than you can say “to be sure, to be sure”.
Germany & Austria
Stress-baking is a thing. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the state of the world, why not channel some of that anxiety into an oma-approved German apple cake
? If you’re more of a pastry type, this classic Viennese strudel
, direct from Austria
, is worth yodelling about from the alp tops.
comes to you in the form of the choripan
– an (unsurprisingly) meat-stuffed sandwich – with punchy accoutrements like chimichurri and salsa criolla (creole salsa) round this chorizo-lovers fave out nicely.
No need to fret that you can’t get your Ikea fix in a new socially distant world, make these modern take of the Swedish meatball
to bring the heart of Scandinavia
straight to your house.
Francophiles, no need to cry into your carafe of beaujolais; whisk yourself away on an imaginary journey to the cobblestoned alleyways of Paris via what is arguably the most French food around: macarons. They take some baking skill and a substantial amount of technique but you’ll have plenty of time to master them in self-isolation.
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