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.
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.
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).
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, what are your fondly remembered comfort foods? Do you still eat them?
I finished the half-finger gloves.
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.
I’ve completed one more repeat. What a joy this pattern is. And it’s going to be quite beautiful when it’s finished.