April, you are right, I LOVE anything pumpkin!
Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin muffins, cookies, pumpkin pies, soups, etc.
Apple Cider, fresh from Carter's Mountain in C'ville, Va.
Chocolate Tofu cookies from Ellwood Thompson's
Veg Nog and Silk Spice latte
Cereal.... oh man. Forgot about that. Honey Comb = LOVE for me.
Also, if I am feeling extremely depressed for some dumb reason, I will go on a coffee binge. I don't know, but I always feel good after drinking coffee.
Um, I know this should be a judgement-free zone, but ewwww anthony. blech.
<<votes for grilled cheese (cheeze) sandwiches personally.
or hot chocolate...
Actually I am ashamed to admit that it is the one and only time I will use instant mashed potatoes ;-) Makes this even easier to make and a quick anytime meal ;-) That adds to its comfort-ness i suppose ;-)
Tesseract, I feel the same way -- Tabasco-coated anything would be more like discomfort food for me!
using a green magic marker, if it's all right, on the back of your head?
OT, is your signature from a They Might Be Giants song?
Why, where else have you heard that question asked? In other words, of course!
April, I suppose it's because "comfort food" to me conjures up food I eat when I'm feeling physically ill-- most often recovering from a migraine-- and I can't stand anything strongly flavored in any way, whether spicy, tart, sweet, or savory, because it's likely to bring the migraine right back. I just can't have any strong sensory input of any kind. So all my comfort foods are bland and soft in both flavor and texture, like fairly plain cooked potatoes, soft white breads, plain buttered rice, etc. I can see how spicy food might be just the thing for someone needing an emotional pick-me-up.
"That which burns the mouth frees the mind", but ketchup is more than adequate too .
I can see how spicy food is comforting. I didn't list any spicy foods in my post, but I know when I'm really down in the dumps and pitying myself alot, I want a ton of flavor without much work, and Red Hot does the job for me. Spicy food is good when I want excitement and entertainment from food.
There is much truth here
rice with nuts and dried papaya and home made peanut sauce *falls over*
choc and vanilla soy ice cream with fresh strawberries
oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins
I am a big dried fruits & nuts fan over all.
That's pretty much the idea. Something that helps you feel comfortable when you're stressed or feeling icky. For many people it's heavy starchy stuff that makes one feel really full and sleepy after eating lots of.
baked mac and cheese...or any mac and cheese really (late onset lactose intolerance sucks ), sherbert...oohhhh how I miss you sherbert lol, my Grandfathers homemade pancakes and Egyptian eyes (kinda like french toast), my Grandmothers homemade spaghetti, my other Grandmothers homemade pierogis, poptarts, captain crunch and yoohoo.
Nooowww.... my tastes and my diet have just changed so much (for the better mostly...although I wish I were a little more lenient when it comes to sugar....to keep my sanity lol) so yeah, now my comfort foods are:
bushes vegetarian baked beans, falafel, butternut squash, turkish figs, peanut butter, stovetop popcorn, tomato or squash soup, apples (in spite of the fact they unfortunatley make me incredibly sick whenever I eat them ) veg nuggets and oatmeal with agave/honey cinnamon, mashed banana, and fruit perserves.
I'm bumping this thread up because I'm going through a tough time right now. My favorite comfort foods are mac and cheese, lasagna, spaghetti, quinoa, veggie burgers, salads, fruit, brownies, cake and soda...I'm trying hard to cut the soda and drink more smoothies instead, though.