There are meals we all remember from our childhoods. Dishes our grandparents made for family get togethers, or Sunday lunches with our nearest and dearest.
But probably less fondly remembered are the old school meals like semolina with a blog of jam in the middle which was the one I personally hated.
Well tonight, Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge takes some of those recipes and does his best to improve on them.
After visiting a Gloucester farm to discover what the best pork to use for his mother’s sausage roast is, he cooks his version of a lasagne, incorporating a few extra twists to enhance the flavour. Other old favourites he looks at include 80s style chicken Kiev and a corn on the cob dish with a burnt onion sauce to liven up this often overlooked but delicious side dish.
For dessert, he heads back to his old school to prepare a pineapple upside-down cake for the hungry teenagers who now study there.
Rather than the spice, he flavours it with vanilla seeds, cinnamon, bay leaves, star anise and cracked black pepper.
“Don’t be scared,” he tells the nervous-looking cook at his old school. If only the cooks at my old school had been that reassuring when I was having my lunch!