Comfort: Food to Soothe the Soul by John Whaite

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    • Categories: Soups; Cooking for 1 or 2; French
    • Ingredients: baguette bread; garlic oil; caraway seeds; Epoisses cheese; Comté cheese; pink onions; dry white wine; beef stock
    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: onions; potatoes; thyme sprigs; frozen peas; chicken stock; soured cream; pretzels; Parmesan cheese; mozzarella cheese
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Cooking for a crowd; American South
    • Ingredients: banana shallots; thyme sprigs; runny honey; sunflower oil; Roquefort cheese; fine cornmeal; buttermilk
    • Categories: Pasta, baked; Main course; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: onions; chestnut mushrooms; lasagne pasta sheets; butter; milk; vegetable stock; jarred artichoke hearts; rosemary; nutmeg; Gruyère cheese; vodka
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    • Ingredients: sourdough bread; amber ale; mature cheddar cheese; Marmite; sea salt flakes
    • Categories: Pizza & calzones; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; French
    • Ingredients: strong white bread flour; fast-action dried yeast; sunflower oil; smoked streaky bacon; onions; waxy potatoes; dry white wine; double cream; Reblochon cheese
    • Categories: Pasta, baked; Main course; American
    • Ingredients: macaroni pasta; milk; chicken stock; strong cheddar cheese; wholegrain mustard; Sriracha sauce; ground cayenne pepper; white crabmeat; parsley; breadcrumbs
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    • Ingredients: caster sugar; pears; walnuts; banana shallots; celery; carnaroli rice; dry white wine; chicken stock; Gorgonzola cheese; rocket
    • Categories: Main course; English; French
    • Ingredients: single cream; bay leaves; new potatoes; butter; Lancashire cheese; nutmeg; Cumbrian sausages
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; English; Spanish
    • Ingredients: onions; smoked chorizo sausages; smoked paprika; beef stock; minced beef; canned chickpeas; parsley; broccoli; cauliflower; milk; Manchego cheese
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; American; Mexican; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: wheat flour tortillas; red onions; aubergines; ground cumin; chilli powder; dried oregano; canned chopped tomatoes; eggs; feta cheese; spring onions; limes
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: split red lentils; turmeric; vegetable stock; black mustard seeds; cumin seeds; nigella seeds; curry leaves; green chillies; onions; garlic; fresh ginger; tomatoes; coriander sprigs; roti bread
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Italian
    • Ingredients: tagliatelle pasta; onions; chestnut mushrooms; green peppercorns; brandy; double cream
    • Categories: Main course; Italian
    • Ingredients: mussels; salsicce sausages; banana shallots; Pinot noir wine; chervil; sea salt flakes; crusty white bread
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Breakfast / brunch; Cooking for 1 or 2; Japanese
    • Ingredients: streaky bacon; sunflower oil; garlic; fresh ginger; spring onions; Chinese five-spice powder; dark soy sauce; light soy sauce; brown miso; Worcestershire sauce; toasted sesame oil; chicken stock; canned baked beans; ramen noodles; carrots
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Malaysian
    • Ingredients: lemongrass; fresh ginger; galangal; fresh turmeric; fish sauce; dried chillies; apple cider vinegar; banana shallots; garlic; sunflower oil; yellow mustard seeds; chicken thigh fillets; new potatoes; chicken stock; coriander sprigs
    • Categories: Sauces for fish; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Malaysian; Indonesian; Sri Lankan
    • Ingredients: tenderstem broccoli; lemongrass; chilli oil; light soy sauce; fresh ginger; banana shallots; garlic; red chillies; Thai shrimp paste; limes; runny honey; salmon fillets; sea salt flakes
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course
    • Ingredients: sunflower oil; whole chicken; fresh ginger; onions; ground coriander; fennel seeds; paprika; turmeric; garlic; dried curry leaves; cashew nuts; lemons; milk; coriander leaves
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Rice dishes; Dips, spreads & salsas; Main course; West African
    • Ingredients: chicken thigh fillets; sunflower oil; onions; Scotch bonnet chillies; ground ginger; ground cinnamon; ground cumin; dried thyme; ground coriander; turmeric; tomato purée; tomatoes; basmati rice; chicken stock; dried apricots; okra; green peppers; spring onions; limes; coriander sprigs; sea salt flakes
    • Categories: Salads; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Middle Eastern
    • Ingredients: duck breasts; bulgar; tomatoes; spring onions; lemons; ground allspice; ground cinnamon; nutmeg; ground cloves; parsley; basil; pomegranates
  • Indian shepherd's pie with a sag aloo top
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; British; Indian
    • Ingredients: whole cloves; cumin seeds; cinnamon sticks; bay leaves; black peppercorns; onions; carrots; fresh ginger; garlic; tomato purée; chicken stock; garam masala; ready-cooked Puy lentils; minced lamb; frozen peas; red potatoes; sunflower oil; turmeric; black mustard seeds; baby spinach
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Main course
    • Ingredients: butter; plain flour; horseradish sauce; onions; beef stock; Worcestershire sauce; minced beef
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Side dish; Snacks; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red onions; sunflower oil; sea salt flakes; turmeric; fennel seeds; nigella seeds; cumin seeds; pomegranate molasses; dark muscovado sugar; chilli powder; ground cumin; ground ginger
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Italian; Japanese
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; brown rice miso; egg whites; light soy sauce; panko breadcrumbs; sunflower oil; soba noodles; fresh ginger; bird's eye chillies; dark soy sauce; sesame oil; beansprouts
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Spanish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: canned butter beans; parsley; sourdough bread; blanched almonds; stale bread; roasted red peppers; smoked paprika; sherry vinegar; Manchego cheese; runny honey; sea salt flakes

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  • Clementine and cardamom upside-down cake

    • Foodycat on January 20, 2018

      I made a half quantity in a loaf tin because otherwise this is a huge cake - cooked it for 45 minutes at 160C fan. It worked very well, although you need a very sharp knife to cut the clementines and my clementines must have been completely tasteless: I was expecting a citrussy zing and the fruit is just damp. I didn't glaze it (and my caramel crystallised) but if I make it again I'll glaze it with some marmalade to restore the flavour.

  • Crab and Sriracha mac 'n' cheese

    • sarahj22 on December 14, 2019

      Insanely good - a real treasure of a recipe. I thought the sriracha might overpower the delicate crab but the flavours are beautifully balanced. The crab makes the dish feel very indulgent, but it's also delicious if you omit it for a cheaper veggie version. I was making this a bit too often for such a rich dish, so I now make a version where I omit the crab and swap the pasta for a combination of broccoli and cauliflower, for an indulgent midweek veggie main (though I'll still make the original for a weekend treat). I increase the amount of breadcrumbs for extra crunch and sometimes extend the cooking time to ensure the top is super crispy. So delicious.

  • Aubergine, courgette and halloumi bake

    • JJ2018 on June 04, 2019

      This was really tasty. I halved the recipe but used the full amount of halloumi. Stew was very wet but sauce was delicious mopped up with granary bread.

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Reviews about this book

  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    GBBO favorite's latest cookbook will cure what ails you - a broken heart, a hard day or just a need for self-care. Comfort is brilliant.

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  • ISBN 10 1909487929
  • ISBN 13 9781909487925
  • Published Sep 04 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Kyle Books

Publishers Text

Comfort food is enjoying a renaissance as people start to shy away from elimination diets and "clean eating" and embrace the balance of nourishing homemade meals. With the concept of hygge emphasizing the importance of enjoying the sensual, warming things in life, cosy cooking has taken on a new life. John's collection of enticing recipes will have you cooking up a comforting feast in the kitchen.

A champion of comfort food, John Whaite celebrates the simple pleasure of cooking and eating without feeling guilty. Chapters are divided by comfort cravings and include Something Crunchy; Something Spicy; Something Pillowy; Something Cheesy and, of course, Something Sweet. Recipes include Breakfast Ramen, Crab & Sriracha Mac'n'Cheese, Lemon & Pea Barley Risotto, Peanut Butter Brownies, and Cinnamon Knots. This is comfort food cranked up a notch!

Praise for Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients:

"The pared-back approach certainly doesn't imply any constraints on his creativity." - Nigella Lawson

"The recipes are not 'just get by' dishes but fully fledged delights with aroma, relish, and accented visual appeal." -The Huffington Post

"Entertaining, informative, [and] gets the gastric juices flowing." - Financial Times

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