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BS: Comfort food

Bert 13 Jul 04 - 03:00 PM
GUEST 13 Jul 04 - 03:05 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jul 04 - 03:18 PM
GUEST,MMario 13 Jul 04 - 03:20 PM
Once Famous 13 Jul 04 - 03:25 PM
beardedbruce 13 Jul 04 - 03:27 PM
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Bert 13 Jul 04 - 04:00 PM
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Stilly River Sage 13 Jul 04 - 04:11 PM
Bert 13 Jul 04 - 04:25 PM
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GUEST,MMario 13 Jul 04 - 04:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 13 Jul 04 - 04:54 PM
TheBigPinkLad 13 Jul 04 - 04:58 PM
Jeri 13 Jul 04 - 06:24 PM
Bill D 13 Jul 04 - 10:24 PM
mack/misophist 13 Jul 04 - 11:50 PM
The Fooles Troupe 14 Jul 04 - 12:10 AM
Morticia 14 Jul 04 - 04:30 AM
Ellenpoly 14 Jul 04 - 04:33 AM
Bert 14 Jul 04 - 08:51 AM
el ted 14 Jul 04 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,freda 14 Jul 04 - 10:07 AM
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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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