Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Do  you have certain foods that fondly remind you of your childhood? Something you always enjoyed eating? Comfort food?

My Comfort Food

Recently, Thaddeus insisted on buying mushrooms at Costco. Many of you know, Thaddeus is an amateur mycologist. He loves foraging for wild mushrooms.

Strangely enough, I don’t really like mushrooms. I mean, they don’t make me gag, and I’ll be glad to eat them on a steak with lots of onions smothering the taste. But they’re not my favorite.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when he bought a “Costco amount” of mushrooms on our last visit.

But then I remembered mushrooms on toast. Something I used to LOVE when I was younger. I hadn’t had it in years.

Comfort Food - Mushroom Toast

It’s simply mushrooms sautéed in butter on top of buttered toast. I can “smell” the taste in my mind every time I think of it. And it’s very comforting.

Another food that is reminiscent of my teen years is egg foo yung. Yes, I know it’s not real Chinese food. But I used to order it at a local Chinese restaurant in my teens. And it has since become one of the menu items by which I evaluate how good a Chinese restaurant is.

Recently, I have taught myself to make this dish.

Egg Foo Yung

This is pork and shrimp egg foo yung. And it brings me great joy.  Thaddeus loves it too.

Finally, one of the dishes my mom used to make that I loved. She called it cauliflower au gratin (pronounced with a New England accent, if you can imagine).

Cauliflower au gratin

Her dish was simply steamed cauliflower with a cheese-bechemel sauce. Or a mornay sauce. I was re-introduced to this dish at a restaurant (Seasons 52). So I’ve started making it like they do.  I roast an entire head of cauliflower for about an hour with olive oil and salt and pepper on top. Then I pour over a cheese sauce (it can be any mild white cheese that melts into the sauce).

So delicious!

So, what are your fondly remembered comfort foods? Do you still eat them?

Current Knitting

I finished the half-finger gloves.

Half Finger Gloves Small 03-26-21 02 Half Finger Gloves Small 03-26-21 01

They came out great. This is the “small size” version of the pattern. I’ll be making more of these.

I also picked up the Wellen in Pink (in green) lacy scarf again.

Wellen in Pink in Green 03-26-21 01

I’ve completed one more repeat. What a joy this pattern is. And it’s going to be quite beautiful when it’s finished.

13 comments on “Comfort Food

  1. I really like how the little finger on your gloves is much lower than the other fingers. Makes for a better and more comfortable fit. If dumplings didn’t have so many carbs, I would eat them daily. Will look for an egg foo yung recipe and will definitely try your cauliflower recipe. Both look quite yummy.

  2. There are foods that I love, but not because we ate them as a family. Neither of my parents were good cooks and used convenience foods of the 50s and 60s. I particularly remember chipped beef on toast made with Buddig’s beef and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. Not to mention, Banquet TV Dinners.

    1. Yeah I was trying to think of comfort foods- my mom was a good cook but it was stuff I don’t eat now- meatloaf comes to mind. And pigs in a blanket. She made really excellent stuffed fried wontons, and those always make me think of her.

  3. Your green Wellen in Pink is beautiful! Your comfort foods sound great! I like mushrooms and ate them when I was younger. But I gave them up years ago, along with salami and pepperoni. I used to get pretty awful migraines. I haven’t had a severe migraine in years.
    Comfort foods growing up. Mom’s pot roast, lasagna and the spaghetti sauce she made with tomatoes, basil, etc., from the garden.
    One of my birthday treats was cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce. Comfort foods now. My chili, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, Irish Brown Bread, chocolate cornstarch pudding.

  4. Mmmm. Cauli Cheese. A staple in our home. Never made it like that before though…….I will next time however as, I imagine it really intensifies the cauliflower taste.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Current knit, my first Cardigan. No regrets so far but, it’s big compared with the beanies and scarves I’ve done up until now. Only learned just over a month ago to help combat local Covid Lockdown stress. FYI, it works too.

  5. I love the mushrooms on toast, and the egg foo young but have to say “meh” to the Cauliflower in cheese sauce (I think I’d be more satisfied with a piece of cheese, or a nibble of raw cauliflower). Some of my comfort foods include- cream cheese and olives on white bread, whitefish on rye, or grilled cheese with any type of bread (served with tomato soup).

  6. Cream of mushroom soup on cut up toast pieces is my all time comfort food. I think my mother would make it when we were sick and therefore I must have all those associations of ‘care’ with it.

  7. Mushrooms on toast! Haven’t thought of that in 40 years. My mother used to make it as a treat for herself. I wasn’t crazy about it but vividly recall the scent of it cooking. My favorites were her baked eggplant (like parm, but without the parm) and apple pie. Also our standard beach picnic lunch: ice-cold tuna salad sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, and lemonade in a jug, all with a dusting of sand.

  8. Mac & Cheese for me, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Sigh.

    Love the scarf. I might add that one to my wish list.

  9. I don’t really have any comfort foods, but I *do* love your half-finger gloves! Do you know of a pattern you could suggest for me to knit my own? I’ve been knitting for years, but only got as far as mittens, never gloves. My 20yo non-binary lesbian child saw yours and said to me “Look mom! Could you make those for me?” Since I seem not to be able to say no to my children, I am now begging you for a decent pattern suggestion. There are so MANY on Ravelry – I don’t know how to choose. ANY help would be MUCH appreciated.

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