--The Physiology of Taste, Brillat-Savarin via The Sadness of Lemon Cake
The moment i read this, i immediately thought comfort food. Repairing the losses of the day with food, through food, via food. I have been having a bit of a tough time at work lately, and to come across this quote, and these thoughts of comfort food, well, comforted me.
I see this as being different than favorite foods. There are lots of foods that i love, but wouldn't necessarily consider them a comfort "go to." Comfort food is basic, unpretentious, and simple.
First and foremost, mashed potatoes. I don't think it gets more basic! I've always said i wanted a mashed potato station at my wedding, with various toppings. Namely cheese and bacon. The best part of Thanksgiving dinner, too. Well, that and the biscuits.
Apparently all my comfort foods are carbs and starches. Are they the same things? Plus, i eat like a child. Pay 25 bucks (or more) at a buffet, and the first things i scope out are the potatoes and mac and cheese. It's just not right.
Broccoli cheese soup, only bested by soup in a bread bowl. It may just be the words "bread bowl" that does it.
S makes the best fried chicken cutlets. So thin, so crunchy. They don't even require ketchup accompaniment. See, one without cheese. Although cheese would be fab. As would bacon. Let's just add cheese and bacon to everything. I told my dear friend Maggie that her scarf looked like bacon. She actually agreed once i pointed it out, and said she'd never look at the scarf the same way again.
I was gonna be all, "well, we don't add cheese or bacon here" but we actually can add bacon. In fact, we should. Bacon and chocolate are a fantastic combination and i implore you to try it. Not just recommend, friends, implore!
So yeah, i think that's pretty much all the food that's synonymous with comfort to me. Unless we want to expand that to some of this, which i have been partaking in this week.
A well deserved glass of vino.
Lest you think i only eat horribly, i love me a big ol' salad. But a salad ain't no comfort food to me.
So what about you guys, what are your "go to" comfort foods that turn your frowns upside down?