Comfort Food

The dog is running from the living room to the dining room and back. I can hear the tinkle of her tags on her collar and the occasional bang as she is running into items enjoying her morning.

I am enjoying the quiet corner, coffee in hand, the massage chair trying to loosen my back so I can decide what to make today?

I am pondering over the endless recipes I have and what options I could make. My recipe box still houses my favourites but I have mastered the allrecipes.com site and enjoy how it has changed to follow others as they test some recipes and give their feedback or substitutes.

I ensure I look at how many times the item was made and if they have any variations before I start. I also love how I could say I have these couple ingredients what can I make. In other words, make me a chef with my carrots and cabbage.

It makes meals more interesting instead of families cooking the same items on Monday, Tuesday each week. At this moment Kitty from the 70’s show is laughing nervously in my head.

What do you mean not having meatloaf Monday’s? Yes, I choose to be more unique. I am all for meal planning, but I prefer to do it weekly as somedays the best meal is as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup with lots of pepper and crackers.

“Comfort food for the soul.”

Mr. Jones eats the same breakfast everyday and has for so many years. He tried a variation once but always goes back to his true one; his comfort food.

I asked once why, and for him the peanut butter and banana gave him enough substance to go on in the day; plus it was an item when money was tight he could still manage.

I think back to the farm, we normally had cereal but I didn’t have milk, it made me ill. I grew up on a powered variation for some time, then in my preteens, I drank a ton of milk and haven’t had it since. My body does not do well with it.

Pancakes were the one item I recall and scrambled eggs especially when the family was all together. I think that may be why, for years I cooked the same for the kids, we just adapted and used the waffle maker at times to make Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s head.

Pancake ingredients were cheap for how much you used and you could make lots of them at no real impact to the pocketbook. (We would individually wrap each one and freeze them for school mornings, little miss popped it into the toaster and boom, fresh pancakes.)

I’m thinking of the costs on families, those that can take the time and have the items in house to measure their flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, for very little cost and those that buy the same in a box for five dollars and may get two meals from that box or less depending on the size of a family.

As I am Canadian, the cost depends on the store and how far North you are, costs keep expanding and some retailers use this to their advantage. Families are the ones who can suffer.

Cooking skills are not always taught anymore in schools and I feel that everyone is losing out on some very important life skills.

If food is a required substance as much as air is, it should be taught as cooking is not a given from osmosis at birth; poof, you know how to make crepes. (This is an item I so, need to master.)

I seem to be ranting some today and I feel I know where it comes from. I watch as I shop, and see the amount of prepackaged, processed foods in the carts. I am grateful for a roommate that taught me the art of cooking, for running a restaurant and getting lost in the sauces in the afternoons and for being brave to say I’m making this.

If my grandmas could make it with little money and raise families, we need to adapt and look at their best take aways from those years. Here is your recipe for today.

Pancakes:

1.5 c. Flour ( you can get gluten free)

3.5 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Salt

1 tbsp. Sugar or your substitute

1.25 c. Milk (1 1/4)

1 Egg or egg substitute

3 tbsp. Melted Butter or your substitute

Sift it together, (the sifter: that’s the silver thing that you use to make a music sound and dance crazily with, I pretend mine are macarenas shakers.) Add the wet ingredients and stir that sucker while you dance and shake it. If you want some other variations add dried fruit, flax seeds, substitute orange juice for milk (my mum did this and they were good.) or just about anything else you can think of. If you use whole wheat go half whole, half white, this way they won’t be so dense.

“A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” Thomas Keller

Happy cooking. Enjoy the table time and table talk with each other. One day you may be sitting alone at the table wishing for the time back.

Love always the ranting, comfort loving, pancake making, Woman in Process

P.S pup is snoring logs in the chair, she is probably dreaming of the pancake stacks. I’m thinking pancakes tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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