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BS: Comfort food

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Subject: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:00 PM

I just had a couple of slices of bread and drip. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven for a while there.

What are your favourite comfort foods, or traditional old time folk foods? Blue collar gourmet or whatever you call them.

When and if I ever get back to Blighty I'm gonna go hunt me down some Buckling.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:05 PM

mac 'n cheese; tuna noodle casserole; quahog chowder; CREAMY tomato soup; grilled cheese sandwiches; creamy tomato soup WITH grilled cheese sandwiches; tortellini in brodo; sauteed onions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:18 PM

Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Italian bread and butter.

Canned chili and plenty of saltines.

Braunschweiger sandwiches on white bread with mustard.

Grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut.

Peanut butter and crackers (saltines).

Blackeyed peas.

Breakfast in all its permutations.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:20 PM

poached eggs and cheese on toast (cut into 'soldiers')


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Once Famous
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:25 PM

What is "drip"       Does it?

cheeseburgers
hot dogs
Polish sausage
Italian Beef
Italian sausage
BBQ ribs
corned beef sandwich on rye
bowl of motzoh ball soup
Kung Po chicken
beef chow mein


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:27 PM

the shrimp and chicken quesadia at Longhorn...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:39 PM

Did you notice how well a cold beer goes with all of the above? Above all others, I'll take just one item from Jim Dixon's list - bratwurst with sauerkraut. Oh, well - maybe just one other: pastrami or corned beef on rye with sauerkraut, and beer.

Oh, one more: biscuits and sausage gravy topped with poached eggs, and a cup of strong, black coffee - best served south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Then there's the barbecue I got in a restaurant in a small town in Alabama, that I've never been able to find again; and the cup of coffee with cream I had after a snowy walk in Boston.

I was driving through "The Hamptons" on Long Island a couple of years ago and passed a restaurant with a big "comfort food" sign outside. I wanted to stop there for dinner on my way back - but then I couldn't find it. Was it a mirage, appearing and disappearing amidst all the fancy restaurants?

Are rich people in the Hamptons allowed to eat comfort food - or is that a pleasure reserved to us commoners?

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Once Famous
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 03:53 PM

Joe, corned beef sandwiches served at the finest Jewish delis in New York City and Chicago are not served with beer. They are served with either a chocolate, cherry, or strawberry phosphate.

the finest "joints" in Chicago do not serve beer with any of the Chicago culinary delights I mentioned.

And we drink "pop" not soda!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:00 PM

Drip, or dripping, is the fat from roast beef that collects in the bottom of the pan. When it's cold the next morning you spread it on bread. It's best when it has a little of that dark congealed gravy with it. Add a sprinkle of salt and you're done. Use good sourdough bread, not that fluffy full of air grocery store stuff.

It's like roast beef flavor concentrate, Mmmmmmm.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:02 PM

I don't think my cardiologist would approve... sounds delicious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:11 PM

I interpret "comfort food" a little closer to home than I perceive in the aura of some of the suggestions above. Comfort food is something your MOTHER used to fix for you (assuming your mother could cook, blah blah blah, along with the "dads can cook also" disclaimer) and when you grew up you developed your own favorite version. Something that your children quite possibly consider as vital as mother's milk. So as much as I like beer, for me it doesn't go with the category.

My mother cooked and baked most things from scratch, so those elements figure strongly into comfort food at our house:

As someone said, "breakfast, in all of its permutations" falls in this category. Sometimes we're all tired, we want something to fill us up and sooth our tired souls. Pancakes and sausage or bacon, with good syrup (homemade strawberry, in particular!). Macaroni and cheese (homemade, and I've posted my recipe elsewhere on Mudcat). The kids simply inhale it when it is put on the table in front of them. Other comfort foods: those little frozen chicken pot pies. You can't go wrong with one of those if it's cold out and you're not sure what you really feel like eating. Homemade potroast (in the crockpot all day long). And the ultimate comfort food I try to have ready for friends or family who have had hard or long or cold days: home baked bread, hot from the oven, and homemade beef vegetable soup. If you smell that when you walk into the house, and it's there and ready to eat as soon as you take off your coat and wash your hands, you're set.

I should note that I also love that creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich combination--but mom always burned the grilled cheese sandwiches. So even though I didn't care for her sandwiches all of the time, I still love the combination. She had four children, so I know perfectly well WHY she burned the sandwiches, doing a million things at once. I have two children and its a real struggle to keep them from getting too dark. My kids know to step over to the stove and effect a rescue if necessary. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:25 PM

ooohh! YES. Homemade pot roast. Tree makes that quite often.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: CarolC
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:27 PM

Depends on my mood. Right now I could really go for some deep fried tofu on basmati rice with stir fried fresh veggies. mmmm tofu mmmmm...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:36 PM

SRS - "we" solved the burnt grilled cheese sandwich problem in our household (9 kids) because

a) when we had grilled cheese sandwiches it was our job to assemble them

b) we either cooked them in the electric griddle at the table (again- a job delagated to the kids) or on the kerosene cooktop - and then it was a "do it yourself' job.

waffles (another DINNER item in our household) were also kid-made at the table to order.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:54 PM

I learned to scrape the burned part into the sink, but for whatever reason, mom did the much of the cooking. I usually mixed the batter for pancakes on the weekend but my mother always cooked them on a griddle at the table. With as many kids as in your family, clearly your parents had no choice! (I love waffles, but we never cooked them for some reason. Probably because we didn't have a waffle iron.) My first taste of waffles was at the Bavarian booth at the Seattle World's Fair. Such wonderful decadent things with whipped cream and strawberries!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 04:58 PM

A scrape of Marmite across some buttered white English toast. With a cup of tea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 06:24 PM

My dad only made one dish that I remember - EVER. Once in a while, on Sundays, Mom would clear out of the kitchen and my dad would begin the Ritual of the Western Omelette. I got something else, because I didn't like them. The thought of chewey bits of meat in eggs seemed...just wrong. Maybe I had a previous life as someome who kept a kosher household or something.

Number 1 for me is Campbell's Chicken and Rice soup and a glass of milk.

Another is soft-boiled eggs and toast. You have to get them just right, though. "Soft" means a bit of dark yellow, but not runny. Runny eggs used to make me barf. (Now, I love them.) The eggs must then be cut up so the bits are in tiny squares. Rectangles are OK, but they must be pretty uniform in size and small enough. The eggs must then be lovingly arranged on a piece of buttered toast, medium brown. In a perfect world, the bread would be round. Well, in a perfect world, it would be Mom's bread, and she baked round bread.

Cream cheese and green olive sandwiches. (Preferably on Mom's round bread.)

From later years:
Kraft macaroni & cheese - the kind with the powdered cheese; pasta with butter, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.
Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. Bat Goddess has a whole ritual involved with cream of 'shroom soup, which I've adopted since the time I was sick as a dog and she fed me it.
Pot roast was my favorite meal when I was a kid. I've made it a few times. (And lived off it for a week. It makes a nice dinner for a family and a store of provisions for a single person.)
Pork roast was my 2nd favorite, but I've never made it.
I vote for grilled cheese sandwiches, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 10:24 PM

well, when I was a kid, the 'special' treat was potato soup, with bacon bits in it. I didn't understand that we had it when money was short, because it was cheap.., but in 1946, bacon was cheap again, after the war.

during later kid-hood, it was home fried chicken, and Kool-Aid (my brother & I made up every possible combination of Kool-Aid flavors possible)
but then there was this dessert of something called "Cherry Pudding" my mother made where cherries and nuts (pecans) were embedded in a dough, like a thick cobbler, and 'baked' in a cast-iron skillet on stove top...then a hot sauce of sweetened, thickened cherry juice drizzled over it all. She made that once more for me a few years before she died, but I can't find the recipe in any of her stuff...*sigh*

And always & forever, it is peanut butter and GOOD honey on the best bread I can find, preferably fresh, warm whole-wheat...etc..


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: mack/misophist
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 11:50 PM

Haven't had this since I was 17. I think about it at least once a week: fresh killed chicken, skinned, not plucked and cooked over a cedar and mesquite fire at 3 AM. If possible, serve with fresh vegs (raw) and/or melon. Water from the stock trough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 12:10 AM

The Secrets of Gravy Revealed, which someone later kindly called "The Paen to Gravy". There are a few later subtle additions I made in subsequent posts, including "White Gravy".


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 04:30 AM

Boiled eggy and soldiers....the ultimate comfort food.You always knew how ill you were in my house by whether my mother bought Lucozade or not....it was very expensive and strictly reserved for the invalid in question.My brothers hardly ever got sick ( even the bubonic plague wouldn't slow those two up) so they would look on enviously while I drank it. I never did tell them it was disgusting and I hated every mouthful. Also Knorr Chicken and Leek soup from a packet with (real)buttered fresh bread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 04:33 AM

This is GREAT! It's a rainy day here in Londontown, and once again, a thread found at Mudcat is making me smile and remember my past.

So, the yiddish version of "drippings", made from chicken fat, is schmaltz. I loved it hot and cold, slavered over a piece of rye bread. I also love hot drippings from roast lamb.

It's interesting to me how often our cultural heritages are showing through by what we still love and consider comfort food. With me as well, it "boils down" to my mother.

So here's my list (having had some of them recalled by you guys, thanks)

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Chopped Black Olives Sandwich
Tuna Salad Sandwiches on White Bread
Chocolate Phosphates (YES! I wouldn't have remembered this one, so thanks Martin Gibson)
Roast Chicken with Matzo Dumplings
French Toast
Eggs Eggs Eggs...all manifestations thereof
Crisp Bacon
Chinese Food...especially Egg Rolls and Moo Goo Gai Pan

There's more to this list, folks, but I've just made myself VERY HUNGRY! Thanks again for getting me reminiscing.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 08:51 AM

I know what you mean about gravy Foolestroupe. We usually start ours with a roux and add it to the meat pan then add some stock.

One time Theresa wanted to make a turducken. So of course I got the job of deboning the turkey and the duck and the chicken. Tree made the different dressings and assemled the thing. Of course she made stock from the carcases and then made gravy with that.

There was an awful lot of this gravy and it was absolutely delicious, just the best gravy you've ever tasted.

Well, we took everything along to the party. The turducken was good but the gravy just blew everyone away. People kept coming back for just another plateful of gravy. Every scrap of the gravy was gone and there was loads of food left over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: el ted
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 09:54 AM

I have never found food comfortable, it is too squidgy and when you roll over it gets in your ears. A proper bed is a much better idea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,freda
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 10:07 AM

Potatoes cooked in a fire until their skins are charcoal, cut in half, steaming, insides all white and fluffy with butter, pepper and salt..

yum.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: RangerSteve
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 11:53 AM

Any meal that doesn't require cutlery. Hot dogs, fish sticks, hamburgers, french fries, onion rings, corn on the cob, sloppy joes, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly on toast, fried clam strips, fried scallops, anything fried, except for squid rings, which should be thrown away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 12:00 PM

BEETS! done like the freda's potatoes.

(only they never get "fluffy" and they are red, but *so* good!)

Eggnogs


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: open mike
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 12:15 PM

anything with Hollandaise sauce...esp. eggs benedict with a
slice of swiss cheese instead of Canadian bacon...
also anything with a chocolate mint flavor--
i am having a cup of coffee with mint cocoa in it.
i have chocolate mint growing in my garden..
and chocolate mint pelargonium (scented geranium)
in the window, and chocolate mint chapstick for lips....
choc/minty truffles, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 02:46 PM

When I've been ill and am finally ready to eat something, I ask for my family's traditional comfort food - mushroom soup made with milk. So soothing and sustaining.

Nowadays, I read that doctors suggest lemon-lime soda with the bubbles stirred out to keep people hydrated, sugared, and salted when they have the flu.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 02:48 PM

warm (room temp) flat ginger ale when you are sick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: hesperis
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 02:51 PM

Besides all the stuff that's already mentioned... Fried Salmon Sandwiches with Honey Lemonade. Me and my mother used to make those every summer. Canned sockeye salmon, herbs, minced celery, mayo, mix them all together. Then toast the bread, make the sandwich, and fry it in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Honey lemonade is made with either real lemons or realemon juice, mixed with honey to make a syrup and then mixed with water. Takes longer to describe than to make, really.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 07:40 PM

Egg nog, scrambled eggs with cream cheese, eggs florentine with either hollandaise or (as prepared at home) with mayonnaise flavored with Pommery mustard, CHEESE, any kind of cheese, blue cheese, limburger cheese, cream cheese, brie or camembert on fresh crusty bread -- even better if you BUTTER the bread first, cream puffs (preferably homemade), cheap store brand macaroni and cheese mixed with creamed onions.

Yeah, and that store brand cream of mushroom soup with the saltines and butter added just so that Jeri mentioned. THAT became a comfort food when it was the only thing I could stomach during a bout with a kidney stone.

Favorite foods are one thing, but COMFORT foods are an entirely different category.

Oh, Ted Scourtis's clam chowder at The Grog (he's not there anymore) in Newburyport , Massachusetts and a chef's salad after getting back from an afternoon's sail -- especially if the weather was brisk.

And I just sopped up all of the sauce from the Coquille St. Jacques that Curmudgeon produced to celebrate Bastille Day -- washed down with a delightful white bordeau. TODAY that's comfort food! (Well, of course . . . cheese again.)

Hesperis, I've got a recipe for honey ginger lemonade you might be interested in . . .

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 08:04 PM

MMario

There are many different types of potatoes - soame are beeter for baking, some for deep frying, some for mash, etc.

BTW, last night on the ABC Inventors show, there was a guy who has patented a way to make any bread like substance from potatoes - pizza, hamburgers, etc...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,marks
Date: 14 Jul 04 - 09:30 PM

Start with white bread.
Cover with processed cheese spread (Velveeta works here)
Top with sliced tomato
Top with sliced onion
Top with partially cooked bacon
Put under broiler for 2-3 minutes till the bacon is crispy and the cheese melts, browns, and kind of runs all over the pan.

It doesnt get any better - particularly if the tomato is from your own garden.

Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:19 AM

ohhh- that reminds me. Sunripened tomatoes still warm from the vine- sliced 1/2 inch thick - with thin sliced onion and mayo on wheat bread. heaven in a sandwich.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Chris Green
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:28 AM

Cheese and pickle doorstop sarnies, real ale. (Slaver, slaver...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 10:14 AM

Joe, I'm sure rich people do have comfort food but I'll bet it's not as good as bread and drip.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 10:46 AM

Tonight I had part of a large flavourful tomato from my garden, on toast, with melted tasty cheese on top, and spinach - also freshly picked from my garden - very lightly cooked, on the side. This is definitely one of my favourite comfort foods. I like just about anything with tomatoes - I can't imagine not having any in the house, and preferably home grown ones.

Another one is Weetbix (shredded wheat biscuits), softened with hot water, with sugar and milk - and a bit of cream when I am feeling really in need of comfort. Weetbix has always represented comfort food to me since the time I was in hospital at the age of 10, having had my tonsils out. My throat was really sore, and they gave me weetbix. I had never had it before - I didn't even know what it was - and I thought the brown mass looked pretty ghastly, but it felt good and tasted good.

Then there is hot porridge with brown sugar and milk, cream, or soy milk. I actually find that soy milk goes really well with porridge, although I am not keen on it the rest of the time. LSA sprinkled on it is really nice too.

Last night's crumpets and honey with a cup of tea were pretty good, and even better are hot cinnamon donuts with a cup of coffee.

Ooh, this thread is making me hungry.......


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 11:05 AM

Oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast with brown sugar and soy milk is a favorite here! I forego the raisins--the kids won't eat them, but I like them in it also when I'm on my own.

One year a friend and I had partied heartily on New Year's Eve, and the next morning we left the comfort of a friend's house to drive about 90 miles north to where we were going to school. We stopped at Island Crossing at a little restaurant there famous for it's good oatmeal. The place was packed, so in order to eat soon and relieve our aching heads, we asked if we could sit at the back of the room at the then-unused bar.

We sat down, said oatmeal arrived in all of it's pomp and glory. I sprinkled sugar and poured milk, and then another customer moved back to our area, and as she sat beside me began a recognizable rummaging through her purse. I recognized the signs from years with my mother--and lo and behold, this woman pulled out a pack of cigarettes. I knew that the oatmeal was going to fix my head perfectly, but the cigarette smoke was going to make me feel sick for hours. So I simply said "would you mind not lighting that here while I'm eating?" You'd think I'd told her she had three heads--she ungraciously stuffed her cigarettes into her purse and stomped off. My friend laughed--this was back in the 1970s when asking people not to smoke around you was considered rude to the smoker (ha!). But I felt so much better for it. And on hindsight, I figure she was over near us (and doubly pissed off) because someone else had already kicked her out of their space.   :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,smoker
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 11:13 AM

to ask people to not smoke while you are eating should NEVER be considered rude. It's a common courtesy. Most smokers will automatically not smoke around people eating - or if they do light up it's because they didn't notice someone was eating.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Kim C
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 11:17 AM

Fried potatoes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: open mike
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 04:51 PM

WHAT'S LSA-something you sprinkle on food, i guess, (not LSD i presume?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: akenaton
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 05:31 PM

This thread remionds me of that great line from Elaine C Smith (Mary Doll in Rab C Nesbit)

"Ah went tae the doctor aboot mah weight...'E say'd it wis GLANDULAR!!
'E says ah've goat this gland that makes me a fat ,greedy bastard"
      
      Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: PoppaGator
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 05:39 PM

Soft-boiled (3 minute) eggs definitely remind me of the good old days at home with Mom. We'd eat 'em on toast, just as someone described two days ago, or sometimes right out of the shell, with or without an eggcup, scooping out one spoonful at a time. You'd have to sprinkle a little salt and pepper into the remains of the egg after every spoonful or two.

Breakfast eaten "out," at least in the US, generally features eggs either fried on a grill (either scrambled or fried intact, i.e., sunnyside or over-easy, etc.) or poached (as for Eggs Benedict) -- never soft-boiled. Soft-boiled eggs seem to be a strictly at-home phenomenon, and perhaps a disappearing, old-fashioned one. Neither my wife nor I *ever* soft-boil eggs. Are egg cups (designed to hold a boiled-in-its-shell egg upright, small end up) still available? What about egg times (3-minute hourglasses)?

My other comfort-food favorites:

Anything featuring melted cheese (grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup is high on my list, just as for so many others);

Meatloaf with ketchup/mashed potatoes with gravy/green beans with almonds;

Baked bean sandwich on a slice of buttered white bread, folded in half -- Dad's specialty. (In general, I avoid soft-white supermarket bread at all costs, preferring almost anything else -- whole wheat, multi-grain, rye, pumpernickel, French, Italian, etc. But some sandwiches just cry out for lowest-common-denominator white bread. This is one; another is the "kitchen sink sandwich": sliced tomatoes with lots of mayonnaise on white, which oozes juice and mayo and thus must be eaten over the sink.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 01:06 AM

"kitchen sink sandwich" - LOL. I know them!

To answer you, open mike, LSA (DEFINITELY not LSD :-))is a ground mix of linseed(flaxseed), sunflower seeds and almonds, which we can buy quite readily in health food shops here in Oz. It is quite yummy sprinkled on oatmeal porridge. Here is a recipe to make it yourself:

L S A: (LINSEED-SUNFLOWER-ALMOND)

from Dr Sandra Foley, Goodlife Healthlink, Hamilton

1 cup whole linseeds
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup almonds

Blend all together in a blender, and place in a sealed jar in the fridge. This healthy mixture can be sprinkled on puddings, porridge,
used in baking such as muffins etc.

There is more about it here on this website

Oh yes, and I have a fondness for the soft boiled eggs in an egg cup and toast "soldiers", just like mum used to make. Poppagator, we can get the little egg cups here in Oz. I don't know about where you are though. As for the eggtimers - I'm not sure cos I haven't looked. I use the clock on the microwave to time things. That's kinda sad, isn't it, the old things disappearing.

Speaking of the old things, our electric jug has just stopped working - less than 12 months old, so we pulled out the kettle and started boiling our water on the gas stove. I like the friendly sight and sound of a kettle boiling on the stove so much, that I might not bother to get another electric jug!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: freda underhill
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:26 AM

.. a big bowl of fruit salad with cream or yoghurt..


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:44 AM

Reese's peanut butter cups.
Can't get them here. True-love introduced me to them. They appeared in our local supermarket unexpectedly once - probably imported by mistake. Everybody eyed them with suspicion. Finally they sold them off cheap - to me mainly.

Jenny you can still get egg-timers. I have a beauty. Found it in an op. shop (thrift shop). It has Mary and Baby Jesus on the top and a lable that says "Shepparton". We call it our "Little Lord Shepparton timer".


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:31 AM

Joybell:

So , is there a crying need for the ( quiet) transfer of difficult to locate comfort foods? There is no problem getting Reese's here...What can you send back in trade?

(BG)

8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sweetfia
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:48 AM

Mushrooms!!! Sometimes though they look too sexy to eat, so i just stare at their juicy bits for awhile...then eat them with the juices dripping down my fingers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:10 AM

beardedbruce, could be a good idea. How are you fixed for souvenir egg-timers? Vegemite - no you make that there now! Pavlova? It's a bit fragile on the outside and squishy on the inside. Chocolate Blinky Bills?
I know! I know! Lamingtons! True-love says he never saw them anywhere but here. Don't know how well they'd travel. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 09:13 AM

What are they?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 09:53 AM

lamingtons are Australia's national cake (or would that be pavlova?)

butter cake cut in squares, covered in choccie icing then rolled in dessicated coconut. They are made in their zillions on every fundraising occasion & might be the Oz version of US Girl Scout cookies.

I'm not a sweet tooth (my Goddess figure is maintained by savoury food!!), so my comfort foods include the skin of roasted chicken, yummy toasted cheese on thick grainy/seedy bread with mini-tomatoes or tinned mushrooms in vinegar below the cheese, Corn chippies, salt & vinegar chippies, cashews, and fruit including sultana grapes, cherries & a fresh date most days (it's the sweetest thing I eat)

11.45pm, normally time for a spot of yoghurt & a date, but the dates finished yesterday (waaaaahhhh), & I don't feel hungry

sandra

ps Pavlova = meringue base full of fruit & cream, which reminds me of a very tummy & delicious taste reat recommended by a friend - fresh date dipped in rich (unsweetened) cream. hmmm, maybe I'll get some cream tomorrow along with the dates & the other groceries.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:08 AM

By fresh dates do you mean the yellow or purple ones, crunchy and fresh from the palm, or the freshly dried ones?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:11 AM

Joybell;

Reese's peanut butter cups come in two sizes, now- full size, about 1.5 to 2 inches, and small ones about 1 inch. They also have Reese's Pieces ( of ET fame) that are like M&Ms with peanut butter. Let me know what you want, and send an address... Not sure if we need to pay customs on it- so I will make it a gift- that should work...

8={E


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:51 AM

In my younger days, our church youth group took orders for over 200 dozen lamingtons... we made about 120 dozen that night with all of us working, but about 2 am or so, the adults decided that we would call it quits. The uncut trays were taken back to the baker. We didn't touch lamingtons for a few months.... but still like them now... Prefer the very small ones to the large ones - more chocolate that way!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: MMario
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 11:04 AM

I was just researching lamingtons - in the pictures it looks like your "dessicated coconut" is almost a powder - the closest US equivilant would be more "shreds" - makes a big difference in the look - and I suspect the mouth feel. Probably not so much the taste.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 11:36 AM

CHEESE!

The problem is that my body is no longer happy with this comfort food, making it uncomfortable (and mighty smelly) to eat.

Sigh.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:04 PM

What a wonderful friend you are beardedbruce. Would you like a CD in exchange? Might be easier to send than lamingtons. Of course you are welcome here anytime to be fed lamingtons or whatever. I'll send you my address. Regards Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sorcha
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:43 PM

Pizza. Chile..either red or green. Lasagne. Meatloaf made MY way. Baked (jacket) potatoes with toppings. Potato soup or almost any kind of soup (in winter)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 09:14 PM

Dessicated coconut is the dried shredded form, not a powder in Australia. It may look like a powder in a photo, but that is because the chocolate flavoured liquid causes quite a lot of the coconut to adhere, some of it soaking up and turning brown as well as sticking well.

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: open mike
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 09:39 PM

Violet Crumble!! That is the OZ treat that would be great to have!
I would gladly send Reeses, although there is now a similar product
made by Paul Newman's Own brand--i think there may be 3 cups in a pkg.
they make choc. mint ones too! http://www.newmansown.com/
plus it is a better company to support that many other food manufacturers. they donate a lot to charity, and are careful
what ingredients they use...ORGANIC.
http://www.newmansownorganics.com/food_peanut.html
however the violet crumble is made by nestle'
which i remeber one time boycotting because they
hired nurse impersonators to advertise baby formula..
but ooh those violet crumbles are like nothing in the world!
(well they are almost like chocolate malted milk balls...)
http://www.nestle.com.au/schoolprojects/violetcrumble/body.asp


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: PoppaGator
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 01:41 PM

I hadn't even thought to consider candy, but the mention of Reese's p.b. cups (a favorite of mine, readily available everywhere here in the US) reminds me of a couple of items I need to add to my list:

Malted Milk Balls -- nowadays available mostly under the brnd name "Whoppers," packaged in waxed-cardboard milk-carton style boxes. Equally enjoyable whether chomped up whole or savored slowly by scraping the chocolate coating offv first and then letting the malted-milk innards melt in your month.

Candy corn, aka "chicken corn," most commonly found around Halloween time. Pure sugar, low class, definitely a guilty pleasure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 01:58 PM

It looks like you've all veered into the "comfort snack" territory. I can't imagine coming in after a long day, starving, wanting an old favorite--and sitting down to a plate of lamingtons. Though I can imagine a very nice morning tea break with a strong cup of English breakfast tea and a handful of those little Cadbury easter eggs (a really good firm dark chocolate with a thin hard colored shell). I discovered that combination by happy accident one time--and I'm careful not to indulge too often because it can be habit forming.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 02:19 PM

My dessert tonight reminded me of another one of my comfort foods - apple crumble and custard just like grandma used to make - and the one John makes is every bit as good. Yum!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Tracey Dragonsfriend
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 03:24 PM

Mmmm... comfort food... and it's cold & teeming with rain (in JULY!!), and now I want to EAT...

Mum's potato & carrot soup, with toast
Nanny's beef stew and dumplings, with mashed potatoes and mashed swede
Spaghetti (Heinz, in a tin) on thick, buttered toast
Mum's steak & kidney pudding
Rice Creamola (a flavoured ground rice you boil up with milk, that you can't get any more)
Mum's plaice & prawn roll-ups with mashed potatoes, when you're ill
Chocolate pudding (hot cake) with chocolate custard

You may have guessed that I LOVE my Mum's cooking! Still, she is a cookery teacher, so I have a good excuse. I can make all these things (except the Rice Creamola I can't get) myself, but they're just not the same...

Cheers
Tracey Dragonsfriend
www.scorchpyro.co.uk


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 07:12 PM

MMario, Yes American True-love calls the coconut on lamingtons "shredded" we call it shredded when it's in slightly bigger pieces. True-love hates the stuff. He's one of those people to whom the term "comfort food" has no meaning he says. You're quite right though, Stilly River Sage, there is a difference between "comfort snack" and "comfort food". I'm keen to try all the wonderful porridgey things here including yours. Here's the nearest thing to comfort food that I cook for True-love:

1. Chop 2 big brown onions and fry gently in 1 cup of olive oil.
While these are browning -
2. Wash 1+3/4 cups of brown lentils and simmer in 6 cups of water with 1 dessertspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper,+ 1 dessertspoon mixed herbs.
AND at the same time-
3. Put 2 cups of long-grain white rice in a bowl of water to soak.

Cool your heels for a bit - about 20 mins or so until the lentils are soft and the onions brown.
BUT don't go away and leave the boiling oil!
Then
Rinse and drain the rice and add it to the lentils and water. Add the onions and oil to the same pot. Simmer very gently for exactly 20 minutes.

Be brave about the amount of oil because it feeds about 12 people, or 2 people about 6 times, in our case. It freezes well. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: jack halyard
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 08:18 PM

One particularly nice one is a three egg bread and butter custard.
I marinate sultanas in something alcoholic like Marsala or brandy, soft brown sugar and mixed spices.

Meanwhile I butter a few slices of bread and beat up three eggs in
milk. I then tear the bread up into approximately quarters, layer it in an oven dish with the lively sultanas. I pour the remaining marinade over the lot and squeeze it through the bread a bit.

Finally I pour the egg mix over the top, press it with a fork to ensure absorption by the bread and bake in an oven at about 180 till cooked through. The interesting smell is usually a good indicator.
On a bitter day with a howling Southerly outside, such as the current moment, this is a treat straight out of the oven. Only matched by Jenny O's apple crumbly, but I'm sure she'll tell yez all about that.
                               Cheers, Jack Halyard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: jack halyard
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 08:33 PM

Oh, looking back through the thread I notice Jenny O' HAS told you about the apple crumble.
All that stuff about bread and salted dripping takes my back to my childhood. Mum used dripping to cook her superb Yorkshire puds with roast beef, as well as a traditional bread puddining which did not seem to use eggs. I remember one freezing night in Canberra, Australia, when a group of us were camping out to guard an outdoors theatre set we'd built. Somebody's mum arrived with several thermoses of coffee and two huge pans of a bread pud, steaming hot and crammed tight with sultanas, raisins and mixed peels. Comfort food!? I sit back and sigh.

This is a very nice thread. Jack Halyard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 10:06 PM

Oh, I see that John (jack halyard) called it MY apple crumble. Well I did tell him how grandma used to make it, but he was the one who actually made it last night.

His alcoholic bread and butter custard with sultanas is to live for, too (I'd rather say live for than die for).

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 03:29 AM

Translation on the three egg bread and butter custard: 180o C is equal to 356o F. That sounds like a wonderful recipe! (I searched for a converter and found this. I attempted a cut and paste with the result, but got an interesting effect when I tried the usual right click on the selected text. I had to use ^C instead).

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 06:46 AM

Joybell,

Sitting here with a bag of peanut butter M&Ms, and a mug of ginger tea. Haven't found the Reese's Pieces yet ( only checked one store) but I have the regular and mini Reese's cups. Now if I can find a box before they evaporate... (BG)

8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sooz
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 07:22 AM

I'll go along with the bread and butter pudding and the jacket potatoes (baked in the oven not the microwave) and add toast. Particularly cheese and marmite bread toasted late at night. (See recipe in Mudcat cookbook!)
I have to admit that dripping is the only thing this vegetarian remembers wistfully!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,Vladimir the Inhaler
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 07:44 AM

Freshly skinned bat, still wriggling, preferably with its tummy full of blood, eaten quickly, use bones as toothpicks when finished.

Vlad


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 01:40 PM

Mmmm, Yummy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 11:59 PM

beardedbruce, I can almost taste the Reese's cups. Would you like a CD to listen to while you sip your tea and eat your treats?
                            Joy-with-her-mouth-watering.

We used to work for a lady who owned a winery. She used to say "You can feel it doing you BAD!" every time she presented her double-chocolate mud-cake. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 09:05 AM

Joybell:

Watch your mail...


8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 09:20 AM

freshly made applesauce - with a bit of cinnamon, just the barest hint of nutmeg, sweetened a hair with brown sugar and served warm with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream in the center of the bowl.

Now that's a comfort snack!

A dessert my Mom used to make - grape juice sweetened and thickened with cornstarch; then sweet dumplings cooked in the juice. Serve the dumplings with the fruit sauce over them. Delicious!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,Mr Red in a hurry at the library
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 09:36 AM

Buckling? if that is anything like scratchings it is banned under the BSE (Offal) rules. You can get the "so called" scratchings which experts (the people selling it) will assure you they are scratchings but pig skin was only ever a small part of scratchings because traditionally they sold the skin for hide and rendered any unsold bits for lard. The residue left they sold in pubs, fed to horses, sold in pubs and banned (in chronological order). But pigskin (cooked) was always called crackling or real leather (uncooked).

No comfort there anymore.

Now I might have nominated Treacle (that's the black stuff we now call Black Treacle" not the syrup what is gloden and should ideally be referred to as Golden Syrup)

However does an aphrodisiac qualify as comfort food?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 10:09 AM

Eewwwwww. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 10:44 AM

Buckling is a herring, chosen for it's large roe and hot smoked.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 10:52 AM

I like a bit of pickled herring now and then--it is very rich. Comfort food when I was growing up included salmon (usually baked with a little butter and garlic-mmmmm--no fancy sauces--don't gild that lily!) At one time it was less expensive than beef in the Northwest (U.S.). A LONG time ago. . .

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 10:58 AM

Salmon can still be fairly reasonable if you shop around for it.
You can sometimes, about once a year, find whole salmon for around a dollar a pound, so you buy a few and stick them in the freezer. You smoke one or two first though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 11:04 AM

Stilly River Sage

You like fish and garlic? And turn your nose up at Treacle?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

doesn't even begin


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 11:26 AM

Bert, you know what that $1 a pound salmon tastes like? Cardboard. What we get down here at that price is the little bland silvers (a light pink fish) that hardly have any flavor. But on occasion I've found some of the more flavorful larger whole red salmon on a really good sale for between $3 and $4 a pound. Then I take it home and smoke some and freeze some and eat some right away. Amazingly, this summer we got Copper River salmon down here (a variety of King salmon) for just under $6 a pound at Sam's, of all places. If I bought it at Whole Foods it would be closer to $15-$20. It goes fast. It seems to me that Sam's didn't know what they were selling, but I wasn't about to tell them!

I had some friends pass through town on the day I discovered the salmon, so I bought a large piece, raced home and made a loaf of crusty Italian bread, cut some chard from the garden to steam, served my fresh garden tomatoes on the side, and set up the charcoal grill (started with newspaper--no starter fluid hydrocarbons came near this treasure) and prepared it with olive oil and garlic before grilling. After all of this we had a homemade apple cobbler for dessert. From the moment they walked in the door that meal was viscerally satisfying and a pleasure to serve to three such good friends (who converged after traveling from several different places around the U.S., who all specialize in American Indian literature, and who have heard about the Northwest delicacy of grilled salmon). The smell of the fresh bread, the grilled fish, and the baking apples (with the cinnamon and nutmeg that MMario mentioned in the applesauce above) was perfect. We had a nice bottle of Chateau St. Michele (from Washington State) Johannesburg Riesling with it.

I've never experienced treacle, so have nothing to go by. My "eewwwww" had to do with the various renderings (pun intended) of pig skin.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 03:23 PM

Yup there is sometimes a difference in quality, but how it tastes does depend on how you cook it.

And it always tastes better than any other fish that you can buy for the same price.

We saw this whole red salmon in the fish market in Philadelphia a couple of years ago. It was $1.50 a pound. Trouble was it must have weighed over 50 pounds and we had nowhere to store it at the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 04:44 PM

Here on the East Coast ( US) Atlantic ssalmon is all farmed- and dyed, since no-one would buy the gray fish that comes out of the ponds. Only Pacific salmon is pink or red- but it does get down to $1.50 a pound or so, at times. Usually about 5 pounds /fish, so they can be smoked easily. Not sure I would want to deal with a 50 pound salmon!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 09:10 PM

Actually Treacle has lots of mineral stuff - it's produced near the end of the processing chain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 21 Jul 04 - 10:15 PM

Open mike, Give me your address. I'd love to return the favour that beardedbruce is doing for me. We can pass this thing around. Cheers Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 06:16 AM

Joybell-

Sounds good to me- if we all just make one other person's day, the world would be a much nicer place for everyone.

8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 07:00 AM

BTW, Reese's Pieces are no longer being made... Seems that Hershey bought Reese's, and has it's own peanut butter M&M.

The white chocolate Reese's Peanut butter cups are not worth getting, though. I am not sure what the reason for white chocolate is...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 04:30 PM

so, should I start a thread on white chocolate, or can anyone tell me whythere is such a thing?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: PoppaGator
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 04:54 PM

Bruce, I wish I could help. I read a book on chocolate a couple of months ago which addressed this very question, but I can't remember the details.

White chocolate includes some but not all of the ingredients of "regular" chocolate; I'm pretty sure that it contains cocoa butter (among other things), but I couldn't tell you exactly what component is missing.

I like white chocolate well enough in some contexts, but generally prefer the brown stuff -- especially dark/semi-sweet (moreso than milk-) chocolate.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 07:23 PM

I prefer the dark 85% Lindt - I will eat a little of the white - but I find it too sweet. As far as I know, the white omits the cocoa powder, I do think that it has the coca butter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jul 04 - 11:26 PM

The white stuff just doesn't taste like chocolate. I picked up a really nice imported bar of dark chocolate with dried cranberries a few weeks ago (at a Russian cafe). Semi-sweet tastes most like chocolate, because it doesn't seem to be so full of emulsifiers. That's why it's also more expensive.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 23 Jul 04 - 03:00 AM

I think white chocolate is ok in it's way but it needs a new name.   How can you have non-chocolate coloured chocolate. It needs to be called albino something.
I'm reading up about Violet Crumbles. They were part of my childhood but I never thought to wonder about their origins. Seems they were named by Abel Hoadley's wife whose favourite flower was the violet. Hoadley's chocolate company was bought up by another Australian confectionary company and then later by Nestles. True-love says he doesn't remember an American equivalent of Violet Crumbles - or of "honeycomb" - which is the centre bit. We made "honeycomb" at home when I was a kid. Off to town next week to post off the treats to open mike. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Jul 04 - 03:01 AM

Real chocolate doesn't have emulsifiers - the cocoa is ground for much longer than in 'compounded chocolate' - which isn't real chocolate at all.... it has oils and fats other than cocoa butter, which is why they use emulsifiers. Belgian chocolate is actually better than Swiss.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 23 Jul 04 - 05:16 AM

I just had a huge bowl of egg salad. It was very comforting.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Helen
Date: 25 Jul 04 - 11:59 PM

Slow cooked beef in red wine sauce, with lots of onions and big chunks of potatoes, or whole baby potatoes. That's my latest fad.

Cauliflower & bacon soup - sounds ordinary but it isn't. Made with some onions, cauliflower, bacon & stock and then puree it. Pretty simple, but the first time I had it was at a local cafe, after a meeting straight after work so I had had no dinner, and it was teeming with rain, and cold outside.

Sandra, try chopped dates and chopped banana, mixed into cream and left in the frig for a couple of hours. The dates and bananas "soggify" and the dates release their spicy fragrance into the cream.

Turkish green beans on rice - slow cooked in tomato mixture with paprika and a couple of other flavours. I add carrot chunks too. I haven't quite got the trick of making them taste like the ones at my favourite Turkish restaurant, though.

Chopped up sausages, fried briefly then mixed with tomatoes and onions and slowly cooked in a frypan until the sausages soak up the tomato and onion flavours. Even my mostly vegetarian Dad liked that for a change.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Blackcatter
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 12:21 AM

Ellen

Now you got me imagining you eating egg salad.


mmmmmmm . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: el ted
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 06:20 AM

100. I thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: s&r
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 11:27 AM

Crumble and custard - yes
Treacle pudding and custard - yes yes yes


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: s&r
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 11:28 AM

and spotted dick and custard..


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 11:39 AM

"Spotted dick and custard" sounds like something that you need ointment for, or an appointment with your doctor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: s&r
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 12:04 PM

Nothing to do with male members - steamed suet pudding with dried fruit (raisins sultanas etc)

Wonderful

Believe it or not a few people call it Spotted Richard

Stu


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 12:10 PM

My own home made Lamb Hotpot...with onion rich gravy and containing carrots, swede, parsnips,celery,leeks,courgettes, baby corn, small potatoes,,,,,,and anything else I feel like putting in, veggie wise.
Be Blessed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 07:18 PM

The mail-car smelled of chocolate today!!!! beardedbruce, my dear friend!!! A big box of Reece's peanut-butter cups!! All sorts and shapes. They must have had to give the sniffer dogs in customs the day off when it arrived. There wasn't room in our old milk-can mailbox and I met the mail-lady at the gate. I feel like a little kid. Thank you so much Bruce. What a sweet friend. Cheers and more cheers Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 07:25 PM

Spread the cheer.

Can I call this throwing chocolate out upon the waters?

8-{E


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 07:42 PM

Into the air! Blowing in the wind! Over the ocean! open mike will receive the chocolate (and honeycomb) blessing soon. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 28 Jul 04 - 09:08 PM

It would seem that this thread is the antithises of < a href="http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=71865">Mudcat Foods that aren't really foods.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: RangerSteve
Date: 29 Jul 04 - 08:12 AM

Yesterday I drove 75 miles to my favorite Pennsylvania Dutch market (Deitrich's on I-78 about halfway between Harrisburg and the Delaware River) for some Lebanon bologna and home-made scrapple and a six-pack of Moxie - a relative of root beer. I also picked up something called a funny cake. I'm adding the funny cake to my list of favorites. It's a pie shell with a thin layer of chocolate syrup topped with cake batter and then baked. Basically, it's a cake pie.
You can probably get one at any good PA Dutch market.

the Pa Dutch may be stern, humorless people - they consider Lutherans to be party animals - but they sure know comfort food.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jul 04 - 12:39 PM

Here's your Mudcat Foods that aren't really foods link. There was an extra space.

This morning I was getting ready for work and the kids were sleeping late (as usual during summer vacation). I quietly moved around the kitchen fixing myself some French toast, because I didn't feel like a bagel or fried eggs this morning. I had the thought that I should wake my 12-year-old and offer to make him some before I left for work, but decided not to. Darned if he didn't startle me with "Oh, Good! French toast!" when I was in the middle of cooking them. The smell woke him--this is one of his favorite foods, a true comfort food.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: PoppaGator
Date: 29 Jul 04 - 03:30 PM

Speaking of the Pennsylvania Dutch: SHOO-FLY PIE!!!

I haven't seen or tasted any in years, but as I recall, it's pretty similar to pecan pie without the pecans -- i.e., mostly sugar. Hence the attraction to flies, which explains the name.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 29 Jul 04 - 10:25 PM

Speaking of Dutch food, we made poffertjes (little Dutch pancakes) the other day, and had them with maple syrup and cream and a dusting of icing sugar - yum yum yum! They were as good as the ones from the National (for Oz cats who've been to the National and know what I'm talking about).


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 29 Jul 04 - 10:40 PM

Yes Jenny that's the stall you can never get anywhere near because of the queue. Worth the wait though.
Sent off a few goodie boxes yesterday. Trying to keep myself in control with my own box of peanut butter cups. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Jul 04 - 11:36 PM

Will consider swap of packets of Tim Tams for Music.... :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,jenny
Date: 30 Jul 04 - 10:08 PM

Well since this is a potato-leaning thread…

Went to get a take-out breakfast with my sister today. When we got home the potatoes, which were notable in an off-color, furry sort of way turned out to be quite rancid. So I brought the grub back, handed it to the owner and very sweetly explained the situation and asked for my money back. She flatly refused. I told her to just LOOK at the deeply offensive spuds. She obliged and then bent down and sniffed them and quite involuntarily recoiled in disgust. She then proceeded to tell me quite coldly there was nothing wrong with them, she'd have them make me another breakfast if I wanted but I wasn't getting my money back and she walked away. This restaurant is attached to my local. It is across the street from my home. I just lost it completely. Started to cry, wobbled about channeling a drunken' sailor and ran out babbling about potatoes and horrible politicians and ACOG sanctioned violence toward women. The neighbors looking at me like I was from Mars.

It must be me. I obviously suffer from potato-related breakfast issues that have nothing at all to do with reality.

Also, food-wise…I have a huge scratch across my face because the baba decided to attack me while we were on the bus with one of those old-style, hard-as-a-rock granola bars. She was actually strapped to the front of me in her baby carrier thingy so there was just no escaping her wrath.

And later while I was trying to chisel out a song that was drilling tunnels through my brain, the wee'un grabbed my yogurt smoothie out of my hand and dumped it all over my keyboard. That girl can move at warp speed sometimes. I don't know what the jaisus she's eating. She must be drinking rocket fuel when I'm not looking. She hasn't ever really slept much so I do have my suspicions...

Just an all around bad food day I'm having. No comfort at all. Not even the ol' spud. Just thought I'd share.

Attacked with granola, foiled by a smoothie…la lee la

Shit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Jul 04 - 11:44 PM

Well, here in Auseieland,

1) the health dept would be happy to take your foul food off your hands, and put the owner through the mill, as well as the 'waitress'

2) Refusal to refund on 'a product unfit for use' is illegal.

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Peace
Date: 31 Jul 04 - 12:09 AM

Corn on the cob, roasted in its skin, then served with lotsa butter, salt and pepper. Side dish: Three three-minute eggs served in a small bowl. Lotsa toast--whole wheat. I am going home to eat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Blackcatter
Date: 31 Jul 04 - 01:32 AM

It is generally against the law in the US for a business to refuse to refund your money in such cases as well.

Jenny, get a bunch of your friends to help you picket the place during a Saturday morning rush. Call the local "problem solvers" TV news people. They might have a file on them already.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 31 Jul 04 - 02:30 AM

The reason these people keep getting away with it, is because their victims like yourself, usually are too 'gutless' (to use the Aussie vernacular, and I do NOT wish to be personally offensive to you!) to complain - or just find it too much trouble to spend their personal time on the matter (probably explains the first for most people!).

Consider that you could have received food poisoning and sued them. You (and they) would have had much more hassle. A business owner or employee who does not understand this is a bullying cretin, who deserves all they get, even to be put out of business! An efficient food business would never have allowed such a product to be sold!

And you don't need real 'press' - some 'freelance journos' with modern video cameras can also get the message thru - and the footage can be useful in your defence in the ensuing court battle over the resultant riot... :-) Have you ever seen Michael Moore's documentary pieces? :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 31 Jul 04 - 02:46 AM

Namesake person, I hope you don't let them get away with that. I'd have stood there threatening the Health Department and refusing to budge until I got satisfaction.

I find it extraordinary that any business would risk getting into trouble over something like that. Any place I have ever been has been willing to refund or replace something so obviously unfit, most of them bending over backwards to be helpful and apologetic as well.

Come on, give 'em hell, I say. Us Jennys gotta show 'em what we're made of.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Helen
Date: 31 Jul 04 - 07:16 AM

The NSW Department of Fair Trading (are you in NSW?) are the ones to talk to, as well as the Health Inspection section of your local council. Fair Trading is the *best* value gov't department I know of, and to even just threaten a business with going to Fair Trading is often enough to get what you want. I like watching the shonky business people do an about-face when you mention the DoFT. That's fun!

Talking of rotten spuds - and there is no smell quite like it in the vegetable world - what about the rotten spud chucked out by Griselda in the Jabberwocky movie, and coincidentally caught by the Michael Palin character. Then, when he is trying to gain entrance to the fortified city because of the famine the guards find the potato and try to get him to hand it over as a fee for entering. When Palin says he cannot part with it because it was a gift from his girlfriend one of the guards says, "Ooooh! She must really love you!"

When I first saw that movie at the theatre I had only recently had the dubious pleasure of smelling rotten potatoes so that scene was very real for me - and very funny.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 12:35 PM

In the Follow-up Department--I cooked a big U.S. Thanksgiving dinner last night for a bunch of friends, to help celebrate the one who is leaving who usually has us over to T'giving at her house. It was a good meal and we all enjoyed ourselves, even if there were bittersweet moments. When they arrived they were surprised that it really was a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (on July 31!)--turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie and all! But it was food to comfort tired and wounded friends. My daughter helped a lot, and I'm sure she slept as soundly last night as I did. All of that cooking (and the related cleaning) is exhausting, but definitely worth it!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,Jenny
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 05:34 PM

Mmmm yes Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite cooking-wise. I wish I was your neighbor! I'm already looking forward to it. Chopping to Alice's Restaurant. And the smells - just heaven.

As far as justice for the potato incident - oh absolutely I should and would have read the woman the riot act and stayed put until I got my money back but it was one of those days. I'm sure you all will recognise the syptoms, where everything that has been bugging you for a while suddenly renders you senseless because, this particular day, you bumped your elbow six different times, walked into the door once, had something in your eye for four hours, dribbled bleach on your favorite shirt, your head hurts, your basement flooded, your toast burned, you broke your favorite mug, your sister got on your last nerve - just a pile of silly things happening at once puts you over the edge. So rather than react in your ordinary way to things such as takeout turmoil - you loss it and run out babbling and pulling your hair with spittle on your chin.

As far as reporting to the various agencies intended for consumer protection, well I would have tried that a few months back, in theory these entities are great, but maaaaaaaan Oh man did ya ever try to actually contact one of them? It is almost invariably the changed number, voicemail, pleasehold, transfer, explain-for-the-100th-time, smugf*ck-of-an-operator hell. And no one calls back ever. I just went through it again recently trying to report the criminal treatment I received while trying to have a baby in a hospital. I couldn't go through it again. In fact, I do believe attempting to get somewhere with one of these agencies was a big part of Woman Breaks Down Over Bad Potatos. yeesh.

And hey Jenny! I thought there was a JennyL already so I didn't put L and also I had joined mudcat properly a couple times with jenny variations(though I rarely post) but I have so many cookie problems and stuff with my crap old pc that I gave up. Maybe I'll join again as Sportin'Jenny. Did you ever notice Jennys always do seem to be of the sportin' type in song? Where's brilliant inspiring jenny or sensitive sweet jenny? There is a cool Jennifer song where she has "yellow jokes come out of her mind" or soemthing like that.

Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday and thanks for the kind advice!
JennyLangan


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 06:43 PM

Jenny, you can get your revenge on the inaccessible health authorties by sending them the offending spuds by mail.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: beardedbruce
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 06:47 PM

all the jennies that I know are brilliant inspiring jenny or sensitive sweet jenny...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joybell
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 06:57 PM

Jenny, take the babies along when you picket the place. As many as you can muster. And little kids borrowed from "Hire a monster" or some such baby-sitting place. Keep them screaming. Make sure they're good and smelly and are holding icecreams and other smeary stuff for painting on the windows. Baby-Poo on the windows would look good too. Kids will have a ball and get some useful training for future protests. Good luck. Keep us posted. Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 08:16 PM

"sending them the offending spuds by mail. "

Preferably well sealed in non-transparent plastic - but watch out - you may be picked up as a terrorist!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: mg
Date: 01 Aug 04 - 10:22 PM

dinner tonight..gala apple and Tillamook (Oregon) pepperjack cheese. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Aug 04 - 01:28 AM

Certainly less back-breaking to prepare than the turkey and fixings! And cleanup is a snap.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 07:12 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: jack halyard
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 07:24 AM

G'day folks,
            Jenny O' and I just had such a comfortable dessert, I'd like to share it around. In this case it was derived from peaches and mango in a tin, but if mangoes are in season, you can use real ones.

Puree the mango up in a blender or food processer. 1-3 mangoes according to how many folks.

Dissolve gelatine in hot water. Davis gelatine comes with full instructions. I use two sachets because Mango is a bit acid and seems to need more gelatine to set it.

When the gelatine is barely warm, pour into mango puree, blend and aerate if the option is available.

Add thickened cream, blend and aerate until of thick-shake consistency with bubbles on the surface.

Pour into parfait dishes or tall glasses and keep in freezer until set. Note that in tall glasses mixture may remain semi liquid for a bit longer. test with a long barbecue skewer.

A special treat is to add freshly chopped mint.

Served chilled on a hot, humid night or after an exciting curry or chilli dish, this is comfort food par-excellence,
                           Your good health,
                            Jack Halyard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 09:59 AM

A surprisingly good item is

Slice thinly both mangoes and onions,

mix, and allow to stand in a cool place for a few hours, add a little salt if you want, not too much, it may drag too much moisture out of the mangoes.

The flavour is indescribable, different from both, and NOT oniony, and I really like it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 10:16 AM

Jack, when you say "aerate," are you using an egg beater or a whisk or a hand mixer (regular or tube shaped)?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 10:58 AM

Nice hot thick toast, buttered with Vegemite!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: jack halyard
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 11:35 PM

Dear SRS,
          I used what we here in Oz call a blender. It's a little motor with a conical glass hopper on top that holds about a litre of stuff. It has various functions from pureeing the fruit to blending and aerating. I just pressed the aerate button. You could use any of the other devices you suggested, just so long as you whip lots of air into it.
Does that help?. A food processor would probably do the same job.

                     Good Health,

                     Jack Halyard


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 11:45 PM

I forgot to dig up one of those images--but when I had a blender I remember a button, one of many, that said "aerate." The ex got the blender and I've never replaced it. It makes perfect sense to mix your parfait that way.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Cluin
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 01:46 AM

A shot of Jamesons.

*whack*


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 04:21 AM

Mashed potato. Craved it when I was pregnant, still consider it as a comfort food.

That and chocolate, although, chocolate is rapidly becoming the staple and potatoes the treat!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: kendall
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 03:33 AM

Lobster


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: LilyFestre
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 07:03 AM

For me, it's got to be tomato soup!

Lily


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 07:47 PM

It's a cloudy drizzly fall day, and I've been putting up bookshelves and disturbing dust and spiking my allergies with it. Comfort food? Something that smells wonderful and warm--bread pudding, and a nice cup of tea for until it comes out. Herbal this time, Gingerbread spice.

The wall in the front room looks wonderful as all of my old friends come to light from boxes and the backs of shelves I'd doubled up.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: CarolC
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 07:54 PM

This evening's comfort food is Jigg's Dinner, prepared lovingly and expertly by JtS.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 12:35 AM

"Jigg's Dinner"!!!! The mind bogles! Personally I prefer jigging when not on a full stomach... :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Bert
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 12:48 AM

Tree just made some sausage rolls and I'm about to burst.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: mg
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 12:54 AM

How about some ncie gingerbread? Maybe I will make some at Sunnycamp. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Helen
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 03:14 AM

Most of us probably forget to count this as a comfort food, but a nice pot of tea is the best! With toast is extra nice.

(I have a bit of a headache right now, and I'm just going to go out and make myself a cuppa.)

This doesn't rate as just comfort *food* but I made up a present for my niece who is leaving today for 10 months on a University scholarship to Japan. I made up an Aussie Survival Kit for her: Vegemite, Echinacea tea, Lavender oil, Tea Tree Oil, some Sleepy Time tea to have on the plane, some dried cranberries (has beneficial properties but also yummy), some coffee expresso lollies and some drinking chocolate. And a little sparkly purple teddy bear sitting on top of it all which is packed in a sparkly purple box. I just thought of the things I would wish I had if I were far from home, in a different country.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 11:55 AM

Had to do some research on that "Jigg's Dinner." A site called MotherLindas offers the following:

    A Jigg's Dinner is quintessential Newfoundland: It evokes memories of childhood, mom in the kitchen, and the population's Irish roots. Whether the name comes from the lively dance or the method used to catch the local cod (i.e., to "jigg" by jerking up quickly on a line), the feast is the same. Salted beef is soaked overnight and the cooked for a few hours in fresh . Next, a Newfoundland pudding bag, filled half full with yellow split peas is placed in the pot. After another hour, potatoes, turnips, and carrots are added to the brew. When done, the peas are removed from the muslin bag and whipped with black pepper and butter to a delectable mash.


SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: PoppaGator
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 02:02 PM

I was reading the Yankee Magazine Church Supper Cookbook yesterday. Pretty tantalizing, and very homey (i.e., comfortable).

"Casseroles," in general, must be mentioned as quintessential comfort food -- and therefore, the number one casserole ingredient deserves a mention: canned concentrated (e.g., Campbell's) Cream of Mushroom Soup!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 03:57 AM

I've been pretty depressed lately, and found it interesting to see what I wanted to eat.

Egg Salad
Salami and Cheese
Porridge
Bagels


and most surprisingly

Not a whole lot of chocolate.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Helen
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 04:57 AM

ellenpoly,

That sounds like a serious problem, not wanting chocolate! Maybe you need to see a specialist about that. :-)

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,James
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 08:49 AM

Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mackeral,new Potatoes and Beet Greens, Cottage Pie(with lamb)Pasties, Pasties,Pasties.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 10:17 AM

This thread is making me hungry. It's a cloudy drizzly day so I'm going to run over to the grocery and buy a nice inexpensive pot roast. Given a whole day in the crock pot on high with potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic, that cut of meat will taste like a million bucks! I'll make a loaf of whole wheat bread to go on the side. . . I challenge anyone to come up with a more powerful walk-in-the-door-visceral one-two punch than the smell of the pot roast and freshly baked bread!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 01:04 PM

A good Aussie pie, Steak (chunky) & Kidney, with inserted (cut open the top and add) mushy peas. I only wish commercial pie shops made them with a 'cottage pie' (potato) top, that would be bliss!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: MMario
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 01:17 PM

yup - was at a get-together yesterday - pot roast, carrots, potatoes, a cucumber salad and deviled eggs. Pineapple ricotta pie for dessert. yum.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: CarolC
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 01:40 PM

We have our Jigg's Dinner without the meat and pudding. It's still quite good that way. We use sesame oil to add flavor in the absence of the meat. Then, the next day (that was yesterday for us), JtS makes bubble and squeak with the leftovers (he fries them up with onions).   mmmmmm bubble and squeak mmmmm...

Someone (can't remember who) once told me that the name 'Jigg's Dinner' came from a comic strip character named Jigg (or Jiggs) who likes to eat this kind of boiled dinner. If so, I guess it might be more correct for me to spell it Jiggs' Dinner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 01:44 PM

I miss having Rick Fielding post some of his cooking stories and questions about cooking. I wonder what he'd be cooking up these days if he were around? Or would he have burned down his kitchen by now?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: GUEST,mmlilac
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 03:36 PM

I've been buying Reese's Pieces just recently at King Soopers in the US. Perhaps they've started making them again?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 05:17 PM

REALLY depressed today, and still didn't buy chocolate.

But added to my list is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich: Sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy.

Maybe it's something about keeping my mouth busy, instead of my brain.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 09:26 PM

Bread or toast,

spread with marmite (or vegemite or any of the salty equivalents) & honey...

Salt & Sweet...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 10:58 PM

I made a batch of homemade (vs. packaged) cinnamon rolls tonight. With raisins and icing. Mmmmmm! The house smells marvelous!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Nov 04 - 08:37 PM

How could I be so foolish not to trace this thread? I wanted to look back for some good recipes and ideas. It's getting to cooking season again (it warmed up for a couple of weeks, but the weather folks assure us it WILL GET COLD finally on Thursday. Good. Nothing like keeping the house warm by baking and cooking on the stovetop or crockpot.

Tonight I am baking a chicken in a terracotta covered baking dish that was my fathers--called "Römertopf." It really is wonderful, and rather unusual, in that you soak the clay pot in water for a while and start it in a cold oven. A friend of mine has one and told me how to use it, and the bird bakes at a high heat for about 90 minutes with onions and seasonings and veggies all tucked inside. We'll have some baking powder biscuits on the side. It comes out tender and falling off of the bone, the consistency of stewed chicken, but much richer and moister because there wasn't any water to remove the oil from the meat.

Anyone else revving up the stovetop or oven as winter settles in?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 11:57 AM

I think that answer went to the recipes thread. Back [bwahaha] to comfort food.

Pre-keto: mom's scratch macaroni and cheese, my spaghetti in meat sauce, chicken noodle soup, curry lo mein. Tomato soup but not creamy. Grilled ham&cheese sandwiches. Baguette with butter and preserves...

Now: riced cauliflower in chicken broth, simple salads (chopped bibb-type lettuces, garden tomatoes chopped with seeds and juices, cukes chopped small, vinaigrette) eaten with a spoon. A big bowl of mixed almonds pistachios peanuts with one dark-choc-covered caramel, that I stick nuts to so any bites of caramel are mostly nut. Seafood fra diavolo. Creamy mushroom sauces over anything. Things fried in duck fat, goose grease, or butter. Scrambled eggs in lots of butter, also eaten with a spoon. The nut bowl is especially popular as I can eat that lying flat.

Anything changed for anybody else?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 01:00 PM

Comfort food for the mind and and body is a true vegetarian affair.
For people who insist they know whats what for everybody and insist upon adherence to fixed ideas, true comfort food should be 125 mg of mescaline. After that, Amazonian cubensis psilocybin will provide a more visual and symbolic communication that speaks through the heart and visually delights. The eating of plants should not be criminal but be a guaranteed right for the pursuit of hppiness.

Judge Scalia wrote that "a plurality of the fredom of religion is a luxury we can no longer afford". This not only removed the sacrement of mescaline from native Americans but threatened all religions except christianity.
I do not view the true vegetarian psychedelic comfort foods as a religious key to god but rather a key to consciousness and well being that benefits self and the planet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 01:59 PM

Although it is linked to organic ergot, LSD is not organic but look what it has done; It inspired Apple computer inventor Steve Jobs, For the first time kids did not march off to war like good little soldiers, When the CIA tried it they were looking for a bio weapon but ended up with a new generation that saw through the old CIA.

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20181016-how-lsd-influenced-western-culture


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 02:25 PM

Society is waking up. Here is a hospital that uses magic mushrooms for healing purposes. https://www.adventisthealthcare.com/locations/profile/shady-grove-adventist-aquilino-cancer-center/

A good overview of the subject is in the documentary 'How to change your mind'
It can be found on netflix


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 05:02 PM

It’s nice to see this old thread back on the board.

Stilly, do you still use your Römertopf? It’s my favourite way to bake chicken.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 05:49 PM

Organic, in chemistry, only means containing carbon. LSD is indeed an organic molecule.

But not exactly comfort food...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 06:56 PM

You were sort of wanting to refer me to the police, Donuel, when I mentioned recently your undoubted advocacy of magic mushrooms. Have you changed your mind then?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 07:10 PM

so many names from the past & some interesting food choices, tho as I only looked at a few familiar names, I certainly missed many equally interesting posts.

It's an hour since I woke & I've not yet showered & had breakfast (hard boiled egg & baked beans followed by 2 prunes (yum!), but I have had a crunchy date & apricot cracker a yummy snack which comes in a small packet & doesn't last very long!

sandra (signing off)


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Jul 22 - 07:23 PM

Well this morning (are you listening, Sen?) I looked up recipes for eggy crumpets. There are quite a few online, some of which make a full meal of it by adding bacon and grilled tomatoes, etc. That looked so promising that I thought I'd try the basic unadorned eggy crumpets, whereby you beat up a couple of eggs, season them, add a pinch of chilli, soak the crumpets in the mix and fry in a bit of butter for a few minutes. I should say that I think you need one egg per crumpet...

Well I found it to be very promising, and Mrs Steve has, in principle, agreed that we can try it one evening with the full works, in other words with cheese, bacon and the grilled tomatoes. This could be the start of something big...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 Jul 22 - 05:59 PM

Schnecken!
No, not escargots, but cinnamon rolls made with maple syrup, raisins, and candied fruit peel.ff


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Jul 22 - 06:56 PM

You said posession, not advocacy steve. At any rate it was you who had a message to the police if they are listening. Its all in black and white so why deny like Trump? Feel guilty?
My advocacy POV is for the mental health psychologists who believe people can mentally be set right like setting a broken ankle. Quick treatment and healing. I have no personal experience with MMDA.

Romertopf makes fall of the bone meat every time. If you get one delivered it may take a couple tries because they can break.
Recently we made croissant crust pizza. Its good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Jul 22 - 07:04 PM

If you honestly think that resort to magic mushrooms can do any good to anybody, well all I can say is that it explains an awful lot about some of the weird stuff you post. Some of us prefer to live in the wonderful real world, consciousness unvaried. And don't feel so hurt, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Senoufou
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 02:05 AM

Your eggy crumpets do sound very tasty Steve. But I'm off crumpets now and have lost two stone in weight. I eat mostly salads and a bit of cold chicken or smoked salmon. No sugar, no cakes, no desserts, just fruit.
However, I have to confess I have a new 'sin' developing. Every weekend when my errant husband appears, we trundle off to a McDonalds and I have a plain burger in a bun and a packet of their teeny weeny chips. But that constitutes my 'one meal of the day'. I reckon this comes under the 'comfort food' definition eh?
I wonder if I should attend McDonalds Anonymous meetings?
"I'm Senoufou and I'm a Mcdonaldaholic".


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 05:23 AM

I used to be an all-night Wimpy 'n' chips man during my time at university, especially after a pint or eight (ah, the sins of youth...), but I've never even set foot inside a McDonalds. I found two stray crumpets this morning so breakfasted on scrambled eggs on 'em. Very nice. I hope you realise that crumpets are made without added fat and are less than 100 calories each. Much lower-calorie than bread. The thing is, though, the butter...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Senoufou
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 05:50 AM

Ah yes, the butter! I used to pile it on inches thick. But I never buy butter nowadays, which must also be contributing to my weight loss.
The trouble is, my skin is now hanging off me like a curtain. (bingo wings, wrinkly face etc). The two stone I've lost obviously took up a lot of space inside my skin!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 07:02 AM

For people who have never gone to Yellowstone Park or know a thing about it, Yellowsone would not seem real. It does not mean that people who have gone there are deluded in any way. In fact they are enhanced by the experience. Those who are ignorant of Yellowstone and cast stones at people who have been there are doubly ignorant.

Comfort foods are often buttery, fatty, salty and/or sweet.
Are there any healthy comfort foods?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 07:07 AM

my recent crumpets had avocado (good!) & cheese (hmmmm, but yummy) on them ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 07:56 AM

Avocado has so much natural fat that cats will eat this fruit as readily as tuna which has less fat. We must have 11 different cheeses in the fridge.
I googled comfort food and got mostly savory foods with one apple pie
comfort foods


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stanron
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 08:56 AM

The nearest I get to comfort food these days is red lentils. For some years now I've been on a low carbs regime. No spuds, no rice, no sugar and no grain based flour. I eat lots of vedge, salad, meat and fish. I've never done much in the way of butter, That started with Mad Cow disease and I never really got back to it. I do eat cheese and yogurt, full fat of course. And hemp seed oil and rapeseed oil in moderation.

This started when a blood test suggested oncoming diabetes. I've gone from 18 stone down to 13 1/2 and there have been no repeat warnings.

As a result of the low carbs thing, well cooked red lentils, what is it 40% carbs? taste amazing. It's almost like raiding the sugar bowl as a kid.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 09:15 AM

Quick morning comfort pancakes. for 6 pancakes;
Mix 3 eggs, 1 glug of oil, a sploosh of milk and finally belgian waffle mix to a semi thick consistancy. Then mix 1 can drained sliced peachs cut into ~1cm pieces and alot of fresh blueberries OR strawberry slices. Fry 3 at a time ladled in large pan with more oil. I add a bit of pecan pieces to the mix.

no syrup or butter. Belgian waffle mix will brown quicker than pancake mix.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 11:15 AM

From: Mrrzy;
"Organic, in chemistry, only means containing carbon. LSD is indeed an organic molecule. But not exactly comfort food..."

Hell no. Its a synthetic. However the seeds of many species of morning glory contain a naturally occurring tryptamine, lysergic acid amide (LSA), which is chemically similar to LSD and has similar effects. Seeds are used for their strong psychedelic or hallucinogenic mental effects. The toxin lysergic acid hydroxyethylamide, which has one-tenth the potency of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). The toxic effect, at an equivalent dose, is similar to that of LSD but like any ergot the hangover is painful and unpleasant and not reccomended unless a chemist does a complicated procedure. Two thumbs down. LSD is a bucking bulldozer but psylocybin is a cosmic cruise ship with the best library in the universe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 12:52 PM

I don't know that it's comfort food, but I love making a banana strawberry yogurt smoothie every day or two usually for breakfast. It's very appealing food. Much healthier than something like ice cream or a milkshake.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: BobL
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 04:25 PM

My favourite comfort food is still the Martini Spritzer - one part Plymouth Gin, 1 part Bianco, 2-4 parts tonic water, plus ice & slice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jul 22 - 06:38 PM

banana smoothies, YUM! I turned up 90 mins early for an appointment with my Doctor recently (silly me not checking my diary, tho of course much better than turning up 90 mins late!) so went to the food court & had a banana smoothie & read the paper.

I also like vanilla malted milk, a small bottle doesn't last long so one day I found a 2 litre bottle & decanted it into a number of small malted milk bottles sitting in the recycling bag & froze them, much more economical.

I don't have either treat daily, tho a brekkie banana smoothie would be yummy ...

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Jul 22 - 09:01 AM

That Martini Spritzer is a great idea, BobL. Slice of lemon or lime?

I have retired the blender to the basement, but banana smoothies are such a good idea that I might just haul it upstairs to the kitchen again.

Even in summer, my favourite comfort food is a large cup of cocoa made with whole milk and Fry’s cocoa powder. I tried several more expensive brands — Callebaut and Ghirardelli (sp?) in particular — but Fry’s delivers the slight bite I like at an acceptable price.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Jul 22 - 09:19 AM

Lots of synthetic molecules are organic, because organic, in chemistry, only means containing carbon. It does not mean naturally-occurring.
On a label: natural flavor = synthesized in a lab to be the same molecule as occurs naturally.

Whether synthetic or not, if carbon is in the molecule, the molecule is by defitition organic.

But LSD is not, to me, comfort food, much as I have enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, why did it take me so long to use cauliflower rice as rice?


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: BobL
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 03:29 AM

Charmion, whichever you prefer. Must be Plymouth gin though, although Sipsmith is a good alternative and there may be others.

Warning: Martini Spritzers are like lovers - one is not enough, two are too many (apologies if I've said this before).


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 10:34 AM

My smoothies are made with frozen fruit; I've seen people make them on recipe programs with ice, but that waters it down too much for me. My smoothie starts with a ripe banana, then I scoop in about a 1/2 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt, add about 1/4 cup of milk (this is my "super calcium" recipe - omit the milk if you're not keeping track of your calcium intake), then a handful of frozen strawberries. Enough for the flavor and frozen consistency, but not so many that it's too thick to suck through a straw. (I have a jar full of reusable acrylic straws and a couple of brushes for cleaning them next to the sink.)

This is made in the tall Oster type blender. For the process, I usually give the bananas and yogurt a quick spin to smooth them out then I add a teaspoon full of powdered gelatin (this is for strengthening my nails, it doesn't make the smoothie any thicker - I just don't have very many ways to get gelatin regularly, so this is it.) Give that a quick turn so the gelatin doesn't become an inedible lump. Then drop in the strawberries and pulse it till the mix is smooth. If you like your smoothie a little sweeter a little stevia will do the trick; add it with the yogurt stage.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 11:20 AM

hmmm

When my bananas ripen enough I might just get some milk to add to the yoghurt sitting in the fridge

Fresh strawberries are a waste of money - anytime I buy them it's a case of hope over experience - I might have to investigate frozen ones

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 11:34 AM

I agree that strawberries are nearly always disappointing. They are generally picked under-ripe and they never achieve that aromatic sweetness you expect. However, this year we've found that Morrisons sell a variety called "Eve's Delight 2" which is lovely. M&S sell one called "Red Diamond" which is USUALLY really nice. Whatever you buy, it's imperative to have them with clotted cream. Nothing else does it for us. Mrs Steve chops hers up and adds sugar, a travesty in m'humble. Of course, this advice doesn't wash in Oz!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 12:00 PM

I shop at a store that sells produce in flats for a very good price because they buy surplus from grocery distributors. I will wash and core all of the strawberries (sometimes a flat is 10 quarts for $2 - this place is great if you're willing to do the work) then freeze them on baking sheets before bagging them. We are the grocery gleaners, we are.

Costco sells frozen organic strawberries that are pretty good, but not nearly as inexpensive as the other place. But the other place has them until they're gone and then you keep your eyes open for when they get more strawberries. I get my blueberries there also and freeze the same way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 12:03 PM

The nose knows which strawberries are delicious but they are mostly all treated with the most chemicals in the produce aisle. Drop a fresh strawberry in salt water and watch micro worms emerge. Growing your own is more fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 12:48 PM

Strawberries, peaches, spinach, some of the most popular are also on the "dirty dozen" list as far as pesticide use.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 12:49 PM

The same group also puts out a "Clean 15" list.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 01:05 PM

Pick over the strawbs and give them a good wash BEFORE you core them, then they won't get waterlogged.

The last time I grew a bed of strawberries, the whole lot were trashed by a pair of badgers apparently making love on them (I caught them in flagrante delicto). I also had a lot of trouble with those pesky flat-bodied beige millipedes eating them (not the black snakey ones). I gave up on strawbs. Too much trouble.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 07:31 PM

Yeah, when I try I usually only get a few and eat them out in the yard. They never make it into the house. My sister is having good luck with a tall structure intended for putting in lots of strawberry plants all around the sides and apparently it's protected from a lot of the ground predators.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Raggytash
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 07:41 PM

Oh SRS believe me it is not. I our place in Ireland we live in an apartment which is at least 20ft above the stream that adjoins our property.

We have a balcony on which I have a few 40 litre tubs which attract a good number of snails, how they manage to ascend that height I know not.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 07:59 PM

Raggy, I do. My back wall (brick) is covered with small snails that are always crawling up and dying. No idea why, but there they are.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Jul 22 - 10:17 PM

My widowed grandmother moved in with her newly widowed sister when I was 10 or 11, & I don't really remember Mrs Strawberry who lived down the street from Nana, but I have a taste memory of her delicious little fresh berries anytime I eat a modern strawberry - is that all there is, is that all there is?   

We have street gardens in nearly suburbs & I sometimes see strawberry plants. I might ask my friend whose neighbours have gardens about getting permission for me to try a fresh berry in season. She usually has cream in her fridge ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Jul 22 - 03:11 AM

Bananas are sprayed with a dodgy insecticide (chlorpyrifos ethyl) where they are cultivated in tropical countries. This has appalling effects on the plantation workers. It also penetrates the skin of the banana and is found in the actual fruit. I suffer from vertigo if I eat bananas (which is a shame as I love 'em!) I end up dizzy as a duck and vomit copiously, and it lasts for a couple of days. So no more of them for me!
I now 'indulge' in those Piccolino tomatoes (small sweet ones) and black grapes from Spain. And whoopee! those huge black juicy sweet cherries are now coming in to the supermarkets.They're grown here in UK so I imagine no dodgy chemicals.
I think fruit as 'comfort food' has caused me to lose all the weight and turn me into a respectable size 12.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Jul 22 - 05:50 AM

Our bananas are local, grown several hundred km north, & I just checked, & our growers use Chlorpyrifos dust

hmmmmm

I have fruit after every meal. yum!

we are now in apple & citrus season, of course, northern hemisphere stone fruit & cherries are here, but I don't eat fruit out of season, apart from the grapes & cherries I freeze when our season is ending ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 19 Jul 22 - 07:01 AM

.... omit the milk if you're not keeping track of your calcium intake), .....
...... (I have a jar full of reusable acrylic straws ......
........ then I add a teaspoon full of powdered gelatin (this is for strengthening my nails, ......
..... If you like your smoothie a little sweeter a little stevia ....


Strawberries, peaches, spinach, some of the most popular are also on the "dirty dozen" list as far as pesticide use.


Bananas are sprayed with a dodgy insecticide (chlorpyrifos ethyl) ......



Well, it was comfort food until I had to start thinking about what to add or leave out to make it healthier, about saving the planet and where to find sugar substitutes. Worrying about what pesticides may have been used takes all the fun out of it.

Comfort food is anything that is enjoyable and makes you feel happier even if it isn't good for your health.

DC


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Jul 22 - 08:52 AM

It's the world we live in. Just wash your fruit and veg, even the ones with thick skins, and enjoy life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Charmion
Date: 20 Jul 22 - 11:18 AM

I made a large pot of cockaleekie yesterday, enough to last me at least a week.

A kilo of chicken thigh meat, three large leeks, 200 grams of pot barley, two litres of chicken stock, 100 grams or so of bacon lardons (I happened to have some pancetta, so I used that), some garlic, some thyme, some ground black pepper, just enough salt -- the bacon might provide enough.

Cockaleekie soup (or stew, depending on how much stock you put in it) is an elemental dish that makes me happy just in the contemplation. It can be fancied up or dressed down -- in my impecunious youth, when leeks were still cheap, I made it with plain water and a frozen stewing hen -- but it's always soothing as well as nutritious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Jul 22 - 04:19 PM

"Comfort food is anything that is enjoyable and makes you feel happier even if it isn't good for your health".
I'll second that. Even a bitter alkaloid can fill the bill.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Jul 22 - 11:30 PM

Biiig on soups. Hot temp hot spice, brothy, or if cold gazpacho, or cuke and/or avocado.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 01:18 PM

I use the word organic in the sense of being pure plant based.
"This is your brain (a seed)...this is your brain on plants" - (a flower blooms). Anyone who drinks tea or coffee probably does it for effect more than taste, although orange peco tastes good. Without caffeine you may not feel like yourself.

A proper pharmakon can even enhance and create democracies. Such as a Eleusinian ceremony bringing the population together and Tribes of many cultures celebrating mescaline or ayaquesca or the average Western drunk singing away. Changing consciousness is a natural drive like sex.
Pharmakon is the Greek word which has two opposite meanings - "cure" and "poison". The concept of pharmakon, according to Derrida, produces a play of binary oppositions crucial to Western logocentric tradition: remedy/poison, speech/writing, good/bad, interior/ exterior, etc.

The poison part is usually an alkaloid made by a plant. Some alkaloids are dangerous in large quantities. THC, a cannabinoid, is not an alkaloid. It does not form salts in an aqueous solution (i.e., it's not soluble in water).

I am a proponent of psylocybin because of its ability to jolly good answer actual direct questions. For example I asked the mushroom I was about to eat "what will our new energy source be?" Later before my eyes in 3D space a small circle with a triangle around it appeared. It was indelibly memorable and unique. I did not understand until later that lithium ion batteries are made of lithium Atomic wt.3 and hydrogen Atomic wt. 1. AHA! a small circle in a three sided triangle. Personal questions were also somewhat symbolicly answered. Images with eyes closed also revealed fascinating windows and mirrors of the mind in the form of Aztec art visualization possibly because the strain was Amazonian and I associated it with them although I think the Aztecs were mostly east of the mountains. There is a small learning curve with its use and never caused me any distress. Where I live they use it for cancer patients who are anxious and it changes their entire perspective. Psylocybin is for so much more than that, beyond whatever I can imagine.

Some people live in the past some strictly in the present which is great but I live with a foot in the future and the future has some advantages coming from our neighbors the plants and fungus. Perhaps they always have.

PS My first experience coincided with accidentally seeing the movie Its a Wonderful Life that begins with two galaxies talking to each other, then hyjinks delightfully ensued.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 01:40 PM

is miceillium an underground neural network of life?

It turns out mushrooms are more closely related to the animal kingdom than plants.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 01:54 PM

Organic doesn't *mean* plant-based, donuel. Even in grocery stores.

For this weekend's glycogen break I had half a poppyseed bagel with butter and ham, ooh, the bottom half the next day toasted with butter and cherry preserves, aah. I had 7 French fries dipped in my alfredo-no-pasta, ooh, and several tablespoons of fried rice, aah. 2 breakfasts 2 dinners.

Back to yummy lettuce cukes tomato vinaigrette with almonds, pistachios, and --wait for it-- anchovies.

Also a half avocado with vinaigrette in the hole.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 02:28 PM

Ditch the magic mushrooms and keep both your feet in reality.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 04:48 PM

Why be so butch ladies?
I hope you never taste Amazonian cubensis psylocybe. That would be punishment although imo cruel and most unusual.
To each their own, some people can't handle it as with many things.
i am thankful mushrooms exist but mostly
i am thankful we won't have to watch both of you eat :^/
i had some mm 30+ years ago, too late now to change the past.

The last link has Cambridge University's foremost fungi authority along with 2 silly Americans.
its funny












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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 07:36 PM

You remonstrated with me a few weeks ago when I'd suggested that you were in possession of magic mushrooms. Since then, several times you've eulogised about them. Well if you've eulogised about them, it seems to me that you've indulged in them, thereby having had possession of them.

Make your mind up. In this country their possession and use are illegal, rightly so in my opinion. They are widely held to be potentially harmful and unpredictable in their effects. It seems wrong to me that you are promoting their use in this forum. Pick them, use them, enjoy them. But I think you need to keep quiet about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 26 Jul 22 - 10:15 AM

Oh, nonsense. Don't eat'm if you don't want to.

A good friend has given me some to help with my back. Not taking'm, but it was a kind gesture.

Going to have chicken broth with nothing else in it. That is a cup of comfort right there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Jul 22 - 05:28 PM

I'm suggesting that we abide by the law and you regard that as nonsense. That's quite interesting. Perhaps you'd like a return to the Wild West too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Jul 22 - 06:54 PM

The experience is so remarkable that its memory is crystal clear after 30+ years. So much for your speculation regarding this least addictive substance. I remember having a Cinnabun but mm is better although the taste is foul.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Jul 22 - 07:24 PM

The substance you are promoting, and which you admit to having possessed and used, is illegal under federal law in your country. On this law-abiding forum you are promoting the use of an illegal substance. Let me be clear that, in any vote to legalise magic mushrooms, I'd vote to legalise them, as long as they were gathered for personal use, were found in the wild and had not been subjected to any chemical modification at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: leeneia
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 04:42 PM

Let's get back to comfort food.

A couple weeks I got a bad bug and had to subsist on broth, fruit juice and creamy peanut butter for a while. When I got mostly better, we looked around the kitchen and found there was not much to eat.

I can't believe what I, a good and proud cook, settled on and absolutely enjoyed - low-sodium Spam, cut into chunks, sauteed and added to pasta with a little oil and some mild herbs. I forget what the herbs were.

Heaven!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 05:24 PM

At one school I taught at, and indulged in the school dinners there, spam fritters were frequently on the menu and I would never have not had them. Another treat was egg and cheese flan...


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 05:35 PM

Spam fritters wouldn't offer me much comfort. Each to his own, I suppose.

DC


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 10:09 PM

Apple strudle flakey and full


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Senoufou
Date: 29 Jul 22 - 02:51 AM

Oh my Lord Steve! Spam fritters? I absolutely loathed them when I had school dinners (1950's) Disgusting. I always refused to eat mine, but one of the dinner ladies knew my mum, and she told her every time I hadn't eaten my dinner. I got a good smack when my mother got home from work.
I've lost 3 stone now, and have had to do a bit of sewing or my underwear falls down :) No crumpets ever again :( but my new comfort food is edamame beans. Love 'em!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Jul 22 - 03:55 PM

Oooh buttered crumpets... in the Tavern with the Old Lady.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 01:25 AM

Mrrzy vous me tentez! Mais si je recommence avec les petits crepes je vais devenir grosse encore. Surtout avec bcp de beurre!


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Charmion
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 08:42 AM

Buttered crumpets — with proper Seville orange marmalade! And a large mug of tea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Comfort food
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Jul 22 - 11:57 AM

What is the "trop de beurre" of which you speak? N'importe quoi!


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