Comfort foods

Jan 22nd, 2004, 09:26 PM
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A wonderful subject - comfort foods:
Being from the south, fried chicken has to be top on the list, along with fresh creamed corn, fried okra, butter beans, buttermilk biscuits with homemade blackberry jelly or cane syrup and loads of butter. Desert has to be peach cobbler with layers of criscrossed crust and homeade vanilla ice cream on top, or chocolate cream pie with meringue pilled high.
This is the way I grew up eating - oh, if they had never discovered cholesterol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Toad in the hole.
Cottage pie.
Any Roast with Yorkshite Puddings.
Fish n' chips.
Anything Indian.
Date cake.
Split lemon pudding.
Baked apples.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 01:39 AM
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...oops, that's 'Yorkshire'.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 01:39 AM
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bbib's list is closest to my own and I'd agree with those who have said that comfort foods often associate closely to what our mums cooked for us when growing up...

So it would be safe to preface most items in my list with the words "Mum's recipe for..."

*Roast dinners (particularly lamb) with crunchy roast potatoes and good yorkshire puds

*Macaroni Cheese

*Lamb curry, chicken curry, keema mince, fried puris, vermicelli kheer

*British bangers and mash (I love some of the higher quality and interestingly flavoured sausages we can choose from now but I do love regular pork bangers).

*Really fresh white bread slathered in butter and dunked into Heinz Tomato Soup (no other variety will do, not even home made).


*Cheese toast

*Swedish meatballs (we went often as kids as my dad worked in a hospital there during his holidays from his job in UK)

*Chinese takeaway/ restaurant food
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:31 AM
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- Heinz baked beans on proper Mothers Pride-style white toast, and a thin layer of melting butter
- Heinz tomato soup
- crumpets with melted cheese
- bread and butter pudding
- M&S chicken kiev
- Elizabeth David's recipe for risi e bisi
- my version of her recipe for minestrone
- almost any recipe for fish pie that includes lots of potatoes
- spam and chips or egg and chips
- split pea and ham soup, preferably with a decent German sausage sliced and floating in it
- most Chinese takeaways, and almost everything the dim sum joints in Gerrard Street do (even the chicken feet)
- macaroni cheese using JS 4 Cheese sauce and lots of chunks of proper ham (Waitrose's is too poncey, Tesco's is too thin and we haven't got an Asda round here)
- pommes dauphinoises when it works (which it rarely does when you make it yourself, and absolutely never, ever does in restaurants outside France or Switzerland)
- Pho
- kedgeree (the modern version with smoked haddock and really naff curry powder)
- Congee for breakfast
- Bury black pudding
- almost anything "Indian" (though most proper food in South Asia is really too authentic to be truly comforting), especially keema peas, salt lassee, matar paneer or proper British chicken tikka masala
- student-style spag bol (not to be confused with pasta al ragu, which is also comforting, but only in Italy)
- rice pudding
- arancini di riso (but not the horrible pastiche sold in Carluccio's)
- Lashings of ginger beer (but not the West Indian brands, which are too lively to be comforting)

There's also the category of comfort foods that don't work. Kraft packeted macaroni cheese, for example. Or those "traditional" soft drinks (like dandelion + burdock) they sell in posh delis these days. But worst is using Robertsons strawberry jam on rice pudding in a misguided attempt at nostalgia. Either it's changed or I have. Whichever, it tastes of concentrated sugar syrup. Though it's a toss-up between that and putting Kraft packeted parmesan cheese on a really good spag bol

And they still sell Smiths Cheese and Onion crisps in Australia. But they taste nothing like the real thing used to.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:43 AM
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I see the Brist are out in force on this question. The lists seem frighteningly familiar. From my perspective...

- anything with mashed potato. I've been on a detox for three weeks, and tonight my retox will take place at Smiths of Smithfields (Carnivore paradise in London) and will involve mashed potato and crispy belly of pork washed down with lashing of red wine. Maybe topped with sticky toffee pudding and custard.
- the full blown full english breakfast: smoked bacon, black pudding and bangers (all bought from Borough market), fried eggs, fried bread, grilled tomato, mushrroms and maybe even some mashed potato.
- fish finger sandwiches
- chip butties
- steak and kidney pudding
- the full roast (pref. lamb)
- marmite on toast
- beans on toast
- and what Brit could forget boiled egg and soldiers!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:44 AM
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Did I say Brist? Obviously that's Brits...
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:59 AM
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Oh my goodness, Kate you're right - how COULD I forget boiled eggs and soldiers? What was I thinking - that's one of my TOP comfort foods, especially when husband makes it for me on a weekend morning...


And I'm with you on the full breakfast... I could murder one right now.

I think the Brits are out in force because we've been awake longer and maybe too many of us have skipped breakfast today!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 03:13 AM
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This Brit's out in force because he's on an Atkins diet and is hallucinating about anything with carbohydrates in it. What's the point of a real breakfast if you can't have fried bread, and have to have sausages full of meat instead of proper, 99.5% bread, Walls bangers?

Steak and a sliver of salad may have many virtues. Comfort ain't one of them. Bloody Atkins even outlaws the grain in grain mustard!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 03:50 AM
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Fried bread!1 I LOVE fried bread!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 04:07 AM
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How could I forget, marmite, heinz baked beans and tomato soup....

... currently munching a wagon wheel and just had a bacon butty....

Bring back Treats and Marathon!!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 05:00 AM
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Wow, what comforting foods...flanneruk: I am on the Atkins too and I can NOT have ANY of my comfort foods, such as (like Jody's and Natalie's) spaghetti, butter and grated cheese, yummm all time fave, could eat it till I burst! POPCORN is my comfort food too. When I was young, TV Time popcorn was our familiy's special treat. Tomato soup with grilled cheese...BLTs, Philly cheesesteaks, ham & bean soup, home made bread and gravy, I am going off the diet tonite, cause if I don't I will have a nervous breakdown, cause I need some major comforting! ;-)
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 05:45 AM
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Tomato soup (Campbells) and grilled cheese sandwiches

Sunday roast with lots of potatoes and carrots

Chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy (which ironically I made last night)

Chicken enchiladas

My grandmother used to make white rice for breakfast (not the instant kind) and we'd eat it hot with a little milk and sugar on it. YUM! Another breakfast item- sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on buttered bread, put it under the broiler to melt.

Excuse me, I'm drooling now!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 05:47 AM
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Yikes! If thats what the Brits call comfort food, I'm getting nervous about visiting! LOL

Mama's chicken stew, tossed tacos, coconut creme pie.

Grandmother's vegetable soup with salt pork, pralines, watergate salad.

Great-grandmother's fresh baked bread.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 06:09 AM
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The trouble with chip butties and beans on toast is that they're comfort foods only for a while, then they become discomfort foods. At least for some of us.

Has anyone mentioned Lasagne? Lasagne.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 06:47 AM
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MMMM, ice cream, any kind of Ben and Jerry's (but especially the One Sweet Whirled) or Haagen Daaz (sp?).

Coffee, lots and lots of COFFEE

Mexican fried rice (with lots of carrots and potatos and peas and tomato chunks) and salsa and chips


rolls with honey butter

ah man! now I'm drooling!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 06:56 AM
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I've been on Atkins since July. Last night, after reading this thread, I went out for MY favorite comfort food (my neighborhood Italian does the BEST Veal Milanese). Thanks to you all, I'm now set back at least 2 weeks! It was so worth it!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:11 AM
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Freshly baked, warm crusty bread with salted butter.

Or tea and toasted crumpets.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:24 AM
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I think most of us relate comfort food with things we grew up with, that mom or grandma made. My favorites include sauerkraut (I notice Clifton mentioned that) with caraway seeds, roast pork or sausages. Breaded veal cutlets with dumplings and tomato gravy. Potato pancakes with sour cream. Bread dumplings cooked on vegetable soup. (I was in heaven in Prague last spring.)

Kavey I too love bangers and mash. On our recent trip to London they no longer had it on the menu at the hotel, but we managed to enjoy some at a pub-type restaurant in Covent Garden.

Why is it most things that taste so good are bad for you?
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:28 AM
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Hi Everyone- wow you are all making me hungry! A question for the Brits: What are boiled egg and soldiers and SpagBol?

Well, being from Texas my faves are
-good BEEF BBQ w/ lots of sauce, potato salad and Texas toast
-chicken fried steak
mac and cheese
-my Mom's spaghetti and meatballs (old family recipe)
-peach or blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top
-Thankgiving dinner
-vanilla cupcakes with homemade chocolate icing
-Campbell's tomato soup w/ grilled cheese
-deviled ham sandwich
-chili and cornbread
-sausage and biscuits
-takeout pizza
-Dairy Queen blizzards

Is it lunch already?
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