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Recreating your home swap memories through food

Home swap travel plans postponed until later in the year? With much of the world again in lockdown, many of us will be looking for fun, proactive ways to fill the time and keep our spirits up. If you're tired of the TV and it's too cold and wet for gardening, you may want to head to the kitchen and try recreating some of your favourite dishes from around the world.

So, while non-essential travel and holidays are currently off the menu, try to relive some of those wonderful home exchange memories through food. Sure, it might not be quite as good as the real thing, but reliving memories of vineyards and olive groves, vibrant food markets, and mouth-watering meals comes a close second.

A taste of Italy: Aubergine Parmigiana (Home Base Holidays member recipe)

Former Masterchef contestant and Home Base Holidays member, Paul and his wife Judith, sent in the following recipe for a super delicious Aubergine Parmigiana.


  1. Slice a couple of aubergines lengthways into 1cm slices. Slather with olive oil.
  2. Bake in a hot oven for about 20 mins or until brownish & tender.
  3. Meanwhile make a Tomato Sauce. Sweat some chopped onions/spring onions/leeks.
  4. Add chopped garlic then, a tin of tomatoes, past-their-best squashy ones or a jar of passata. Stir in a squish of tomato purée, a dash of Worcester Sauce, a sprinkle of sugar, a dusting of cayenne, a glug of wine - whatever is to your taste.
  5. Layer the aubergines and tomato sauce in an oven dish with plenty of seasoning and any herbs you like.
  6. Cover the top with grated or crumbled leftover cheese - cheddar, Parmesan, feta, mozzarella, Camembert - or all of them!
  7. Bake for another 45 minutes or so until the cheesy crust is oozing and golden. Serve sizzling, with bread to mop up the juices or as an accompaniment to lamb or fish. Also tasty served at room temperature with salads. Any leftovers can be frozen, then chopped up and used as a pasta sauce.

Meet the members

Paul and his wife Judith are early retiree art & design lecturers and very experienced home exchangers. The couple have a beautiful French home in Olonzac, right in the middle of the wine producing area of the Minervois in Languedoc Roussillon. Their home has a lovely courtyard planted with figs, grapes, lemons, olives, bougainvillea, oleander, hibiscus and lavender, as well as herbs and tomatoes, where you can dine al fresco. 

  • View Judith & Paul's home swap offer

How have you been keeping busy?

Have you been more adventurous with your cooking during lockdown? Let us know of any dishes that remind you of past holidays! Please get in touch, we'd love to hear!

Join Home Base Holidays: plan your summer swaps

Looking for a much needed getaway later in the year? Arrange free holiday accommodation by choosing to swap homes rather than book hotels or holiday rentals. View the latest home swap offers then sign up to Home Base Holidays.

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Recreating your home swap memories through food


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