As I write this it’s raining – which is fine as I like the rain and it hasn’t rained for a while. But rain keeps you indoors and makes you think of fires and being snuggled up safe and warm inside, or a day watching movies, or in bed reading, ignoring the world. You can watch the weather beat and moan and whip the world, while you’re all nice and snug in your own little cocoon. And it makes you think of food – food that comforts and nourishes your soul as well as your spirit. So I got to thinking about comfort food and compiled this little list. A list of simple, every day foodstuffs that can make you feel so much better.
Bread type products
Peanut butter and fresh bread
Vegemite and toast – at all times of the day
Honey and toast
Tomatoes on toast – with butter and salt and pepper
Toasted ham and cheese sandwich – perhaps with tomatoes
Toast, just with butter, just the smell of toast is enough really
And of course, fresh bread which always smells divine, always makes you feel better – especially warm and buttered
Hot and savoury
Soup – in a mug or a bowl, packet or home made, as long as it’s thick and hot, but preferably Pumpkin or Tomato
Sausages – I do like a thin BBQ beef snag or 3, in bread with sauce; or a thick pork English sausage with Bramley apples
Sausage rolls with tomato sauce
Eggs and bacon – simple and wonderful
Scrambled eggs – with thickly cut toast
Roast chook – what is better, other than a leg of lamb on the Weber?
Fish and chips – wrapped in white paper, oozing with moist heat
Baked beans on toast (does this belong above?)
Wagon wheels – a childhood favourite, guaranteed to make you feel better
Hot chocolate – made with warm milk
Marshmallows – out of the pack, in your hot chocolate or melted in the fire
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate
Any sort of chocolate really…
Scones – all sorts, must be homemade – plain with jam and cream, date, cheese, and pumpkin
Cup-cakes – I’ll settle for store bought but the best cup-cakes I’ve ever had were made by my wonderful big girl when she was better than anything on telly!
Comfort foods are simple things, often from childhood, often reminiscent of gentler, kinder times – certainly times when we felt loved and protected. So, what are your comfort foods, what treat fills you with pleasure and happiness every time – just the thought of it makes you smile?
Oh, and quite possibly wine too – red wine in front of the fire, with your marshmallows and toast! (Images courtesy Private Collection)