Recipes to whet your appetite for travel, from Italian Tagliatelle al Ragu to Moroccan lamb tagine


More than the years, the likes of Keith Floyd, Nigel Slater, Nigella Lawson and Rick Stein have never been much from our television screens, normally immediately after international jaunts.

Like them, we have become accustomed to returning dwelling hoping to recreate that lifetime-altering Colosseum-aspect bowl of cacio e pepe in Rome.

With recipe-inspiring holiday seasons on hold, how about cooking up a taste of abroad? Here’s a range of vintage dishes to revive your wanderlust in the lockdown… 

Excellent Early morning VIETNAM: BUN CHA

Bun Cha – grilled minced pork accompanied by rice noodles, herbs and pickled veggies – is light, spicy and simple to place with each other

Bun Cha originated in Vietnam and Barack Obama enjoyed the dish on a visit to the country in 2016. Pictured is the Thu Bon River in Hoi An

Bun Cha originated in Vietnam and Barack Obama loved the dish on a stop by to the country in 2016. Pictured is the Thu Bon River in Hoi An 

This dish may well as very well be referred to as Vietnamese meatballs as grilled minced pork is accompanied by rice noodles, herbs and pickled veggies.

The make or split component is a dipping sauce manufactured from fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic and chilli. Bun Cha is gentle, spicy, effortless to set jointly and arrives from the northern capital Hanoi.

In which TO GO: The dish’s most popular physical appearance came in 2016, when the late chef Anthony Bourdain and then U.S. President Barack Obama shared a meal at Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi — as featured on the tv sequence Parts Unknown.

Pride OF ITALY: TAGLIATELLE AL RAGU

Most Italians flip their noses up at spaghetti Bolognese, so how about hoping the Italian common Tagliatelle al Ragu from Bologna? Recipes fluctuate but a foundation of finely chopped carrots, celery and onion is necessary, as is the inclusion of wine (crimson or white).

Numerous also swear by a sprint of milk or cream — Mary Berry provoked outrage in 2017 by performing so but her recipe, to be located online, is a good just one.

Where TO GO: Near the Piazza Maggiore, Osteria dell’Orsa (osteriadellorsa.it) has been serving ragu (£8) considering that 1979.

FRENCH HEAVYWEIGHT: CASSOULET

Cassoulet is a herb-filled, meat and bean stew that is said originally to come from the small town of Castelnaudry ¿ near Toulouse and Carcassone in France

Cassoulet is a herb-crammed, meat and bean stew that is claimed at first to appear from the little city of Castelnaudry — in close proximity to Toulouse and Carcassone in France

Head to southern France and you are possible to obtain several versions of cassoulet. But the herb-stuffed, meat and bean stew is stated initially to arrive from the smaller city of Castelnaudry — in close proximity to Toulouse and Carcassone — which serves its cassoulet with duck confit.

Recipes are debated but consensus is that the crucial is the beans (haricot or cannellini) which really should be tender but not falling aside and whole of herby aromas.

Raymond Blanc’s recipe can be found on line and is a great beginning point.

In which TO GO: Le Tirou (tirou.fr) in Castelnaudry which serves a 3-system menu, centered on cassoulet, for £35.

JAPANESE Consolation Food stuff: KATSU DON

Katsu Don, a favourite in Tokyo, is composed of a breaded pork cutlet simmered with onions, egg and served above rice. The vital element is the sauce produced from soy, mirin and dashi (fish stock) which provides the harmony of sharp and salty with the loaded eggs and pork.

There is a good recipe in Tokyo Tales by Tim Anderson (waterstones.co.uk £26.99).

The place TO GO: Head to Katsukichi in the Shibuya district, where by the dish is about £10 (bodaijyu.co.jp/en/). 

SPICED UP MOROCCO: LAMB TAGINE

Lamb is the base for most tagines and other ingredients include turmeric, paprika, ginger, cinnamon as well as dried fruits such as apricots, sultanas and dates

Lamb is the base for most tagines and other ingredients incorporate turmeric, paprika, ginger, cinnamon as perfectly as dried fruits this sort of as apricots, sultanas and dates

Punchy spices, fresh herbs and powerful citrus notes could be just the tonic to brighten up a lockdown night. Tagines choose their identify from the earthenware pot employed for cooking, but any casserole dish will do. Lamb is the most famous foundation, or you can test a vegetarian version.

Elements contain turmeric, paprika, ginger, cinnamon as nicely as dried fruits these kinds of as apricots, sultanas and dates. Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater all have variations.

Where by TO GO: Consider The Henna Art Café in Marrakech (marrakechhennaartcafe.com), which has dishes from £2.50 and is a limited walk from Jemaa el-Fna square.

THE MEXICAN Darkish HORSE: MOLE

In the 15th century at the Convent of Santa Clara in Puebla, Mexico, a team of nuns cobbled alongside one another a sauce from chilies, spices, nuts and chocolate that they served to a checking out archbishop.

Mole indicates combine and there are hundreds of variations, but the important substances are chocolate and chili. Appear out for a recipe (Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers has a several) that includes dark chocolate and smoky ancho chilies.

In which TO GO: Sample mole and acquire pre-manufactured pastes at Oaxaca City’s central Mercado de Bentio Juarez. Dishes £1-£5.

ARGENTINIAN WILDERNESS: EMPANADAS

The fillings for empanadas, pictured, range from beef to lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetables

The fillings for empanadas, pictured, range from beef to lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetables

Resembling the Cornish pasty, the Argentinian empanada is the perfect food items for the chilly wintertime months. 

In Britain we’re maybe not so effectively acquainted with this South American country’s cuisine but The Meals of Argentina (blackwells.co.british isles, £25.64) is an outstanding introduction.

Fillings range from beef to lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetables. The empanadas of Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego are shortcrust pastry packed with lamb, spices, chopped challenging-boiled eggs and olives: heat, comforting and charming.

Where by TO GO: Ten-table La Salamandra Pulperia in Andean tourism hot-place Bariloche’s Centro Civico serves tasty empanadas from a few lbs ..

BRITISH SEASIDE Basic: FISH AND CHIPS

The British isles is so fond of fish and chips that it was a person of the several foods safeguarded from rationing during the world wars.

Attempt generating your own with mushy peas and tartare sauce. Gentle batter is the crucial and incredibly warm oil when frying will ensure every little thing is crisp. Tom Kerridge is a excellent begin for a recipe.

Where TO GO: St Andrew’s (standrewsrestaurant.co.uk) has been at Portobello Beach, Edinburgh, for 100 decades. A haddock fish supper is £7.80. 



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