My Favourite Comfort Food
When the weather gets cold, and in Saskatoon it gets COLD, everything seems to get a little harder: walking the dog isn’t as fun as it is in the summer, getting groceries seems like more of a task than normal, and the only thing that makes sense is staying inside.
I turn to my comfort foods to warm me up and lift my spirits. They’re nice and hot and I usually have some memory associated with them that each bite brings me back to. Here are some of my favourite comfort foods to eat on a cold, rainy, or snowy day.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Is this obvious? Probably. Does that make it any less comforting? Not at all. As with most people, chicken noodle soup has a special place in my heart. The house would be filled with the best aromas all day long when my mom would make it from scratch. I still maintain that her soup was better for my childhood colds than any cough syrup or medicine. Everyone has their own way to make chicken noodle soup, whether it’s from scratch or using a pre-made broth. You can spend all day making it or get it ready in a couple hours. The best part is that it will still taste amazing and will always warm you up!
Binging With Babish has a great video on making a stock and chicken noodle soup from scratch you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74tZ-yOOPy0
Not only do I love Ramen for it’s wonderful flavours and ability to warm me up, but I will always be thankful to instant ramen for getting me through some tough study sessions and days when I was too lazy to walk to the store to get ingredients for cooking. Like chicken noodle soup, there are so many different types of ramen you can either order or make yourself.
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I’d specify grilled cheese sandwiches, but why limit ourselves? Besides, I’ve never been the biggest fan of grilled cheeses. But I’m sure we all have memories of eating a grilled sandwich of any type growing up. They’re quick and easy to make, and they always seem to bring a smile to my face when I eat one.
We have a recipe for making the perfect grilled cheese!
PB & J
I realize this is an odd inclusion. PB & J ’s don’t warm us up, nor are they the most filling. That doesn’t matter, what they are is consistently yummy and reminders of simpler times. There was a large point in time when I didn’t eat them, but that all changed when I ate a PB & J and was sent back in time to kindergarten when I didn’t have to worry about all the pressures of being an adult.
I recommend using our white pan bread, it makes a soft and fluffy base for you peanut butter and jam.
Now we’re talking. Who doesn’t like poutine? Here’s the answer: no one! The combination of french fries, gravy and cheese curds shouldn’t be as good as it is and there will never be a time when I will say no to a poutine. I will also admit that french fries and gravy were the preferred meal after a night of drinking. There are so many different variations and styles of poutine that it’s impossible to declare one better than the rest. If it has potato, gravy, and cheese I’m in.
Those are a handful of my favourite comfort foods. What’s your go-to on a cold day? Let us know!
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Poutine, how I miss you! It’s not easily found in the Bay area. But I plan on doing a homemade version with leftover Turkey gravy. US Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
E &L Thera —
You nailed our comfort foods!!