Monday, 1 April 2019

Favourite comfort foods and why


Long and Short Reviews have a great topic this week – comfort foods. I am not a cook, so recipes are not my forte (if it’s more complicated than “put it in the oven” it tends not to happen) but I’m as fond of comfort food as the next person, and the advantage is that it’s usually straightforward and easy to make.

My favourite comfort food is mashed potato. Possibly this stems from many a happy Saturday evening meal of my mother’s cottage pie, which I still say is the best cottage pie ever invented. I make it with a small amount of milk and lots of butter, and mash it just enough to remove the lumps while still giving it texture – I know MasterChef likes you to whip it, but I don’t like it too smooth.

As a Brit, I also love to sit down to a fish and chip dinner. I like the chips greasy, with plenty of vinegar and mushy peas over the top, and the batter needs to be crunchy – far too often I end up with soggy batter. I’ve just moved house so haven’t yet found out if the nearest chippy is decent, but I’ll be rectifying that shortly.

And to finish off, I love honeycomb cheesecake. The English Cheesecake Company do an amazing one which is also big enough to fill an entire shelf of the fridge. Chocolate-coated honeycomb and creamy cheesecake – what more could you ask for?

So what are your favourite comfort foods?

12 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmmm.... potatoes. Honestly, there isn't a way to make potatoes I don't like.

    I'm here: http://www.mariannearkins.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-favorite-comfort-foods/.

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    1. I'd have to agree. My mother also did amazing roast potatoes, but I've never managed to replicate them.

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  2. I'm with you on mashed potatoes..and as Marianne said, potatoes are a favorite with me. I love fish'n'chips, but not having them growing up, it's not necessarily a comfort food for me (gotta love me some malt vinegar though). You can see mine here: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2019/04/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge.html

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    1. Ah yes, I love decent vinegar. We had an aged one recently which was stunning.

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  3. I loved mashed potatoes and fish and chips, too! Yum.

    My post

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    1. I haven't had fish and chips in a while, thinking about it - need to rectify that straight away!

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  4. I love potatoes. Pretty well anyway you fix them is ok with me although I am not a potato salad fan. I also love cottage pie and while I'm sure mine isn't very British I still make it often.

    Here's my favorites: http://www.ourtownbookreviews.com/2019/04/favorite-comfort-foods-and-why.html

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    1. I've no idea if my mother's cottage pie would have matched anyone's standards, but it was delicious.

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  5. Yum! Mashed Potato is the king. :-) Good post!

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  6. I'll have to make myself some soon, it's been ages.

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