It would be just my luck that the day after I decide to make an effort to eat healthier, this prompt pops up. Today I look at what is my Favourite Comfort Food. And I can feel my stomach rumbling just thinking which one to write about.
Now, I’m British, and our national cuisine is well known for its stodgy food, so I have lot’s to choose from. But for me, proper comfort food is not only something warm and stodgy but something that reminds you of home. So with that in mind, I’d probably go for Beef Stew and Dumplings with Mashed Potato.
To me, that encapsulates the idea of comfort food. It warms you up when the weather is cold and dreary – which where I live, is easily half of the year or more. The gravy is full of flavour, and the meat is tender, especially if it’s cooked low and slow. Proper dumplings made with suet are best, but when I make my own stew and dumplings at home, I cheat and use frozen ones which are vegetarian (and lower in fat). The mashed potato that accompanies it should be smooth and buttery too and made from proper potatoes, not that instant packet stuff. 🤮 The beauty of a stew is you don’t have to put a lot of meat in it either. If I’m strapped for cash -which is all 👏 the 👏 time – I can use just a small amount of meat and bulk it out with loads of veg.
The trouble with comfort food in the ‘modern’ age is that to do it properly, it takes so long to cook. Frozen, microwavable stew and dumplings with instant mash is just wrong. So many of us turn to take away when we want that instant comfort hit. It’s no wonder that a quick Google search for Britain’s national dish brings up Chicken Tikka Masala and Fish & Chips.
Typically comfort food isn’t that healthy anyway so you wouldn’t want to eat it all the time, but it is nice to indulge once in a while. And my advice there would be, set a date. Get your family or friends -or both- together and cook something amazing together, take all day to get the flavours just right, and then sit and eat it together. That’s the best kind of comfort food, cooked and enjoyed with those you love.
What’s your favourite comfort food? Does it come from your childhood, or is it a recent find? Share your recipes in the comments, I’m always looking for new things to cook (and I’m sure my husband would appreciate it too!)
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