Welcome to October
The results of our annual Good Food Nation Survey* show that our appetite for comfort food never ends. We still love retro classics like rice pudding and trifle, but what we define as ‘comfort food’ is changing. While fish pie and macaroni cheese will always have a special place in our hearts, now we’re as likely to turn to a bowl of fragrant ramen when we want something warm and reassuring. Taking it to the next level, innovative UK chefs are creating new globally inspired comfort dishes – Newcastle’s The Patricia, for example, uses epoisses and preserved cherries to create a grown-up cheese toastie, and there’s a hint of nostalgia – a big factor in comfort food – in Sprout’s Hobnobs cheesecake. We’ve highlighted 31 of these new-wave comfort foods on page 76. Plus, we’ve reimagined six classic puddings: treacle tart with a boozy kick of IPA, and chocolate roly-poly. If you make any of our recipes, we’d love to see them on Instagram – tag #bbcgoodfood and we’ll share the best.
See you next issue to get ahead for Christmas (it comes with a free 2018 calendar), on sale 26 October.
Christine Hayes Editor-in-chief @bbcgoodfood @chrishayesuk