Whether they’re instant or hand-rolled, rice or flour-based, Japanese or Italian, noodles are the ultimate global comfort food and a much-loved part of family dinners all around the world. They’re a great accompaniment to all sorts of dishes, from nourishing broths to rich meat sauces; you can toss a handful of ramen into a warming chicken soup or add some lo mein to fresh vegetables for a quick stir fry. If you’re keen to tackle a kitchen project, you could try making them from scratch, with flour, eggs and a pinch of salt. Or now might be a great time to slow braise that chunk of beef that’s been hiding in the bottom of the freezer. It’ll taste beautiful with some fresh pappardelle, grated Parmesan and perhaps even a glass of that chianti you’ve been saving.
In these challenging times, it’s natural to relish the comfort of familiar cooking and soothing foods. By combining the basics of a beloved family recipe with inspiration from your host country, you can use cooking to connect your old home with your new one. And if you forget a crucial step or key ingredient, your family is only a quick video call away, ready with tips, advice and a friendly smile, wherever you are in the world.