Comfort food: what’s your poison

Chocolate Sludge
World peace imminent

Today I spoke about comfort food in my radio spot on ABC Mid North Coast. It seemed fitting considering how cold it is at the moment and that I basically look on any situation as one requiring comfort food. Yep, I take emotional eating to a whole new level.

My in-depth research* for the discussion turned up some expected and downright weird revelations.

Potatoes and carbs rated highly – higher than chocolate even. This makes sense because your brain releases buckets of cortisol when you’re stressed and that in turn makes you crave carbs.

It seems that if you love potato you love it any which way. Mashed, roasted, as a dauphinois, you name it – obviously if it’s mashed you need to have as much butter in it as humanly possible, same with the salt. If you melt the butter and heat the milk before adding to your mash it’ll be even lighter and fluffier. Promise.

Pasta got a few mentions – macaroni cheese in particular – but bread trumped it time and time again. And it seems that the more comfort you need the more pedestrian the bread needs to be. Sliced white bread topped with lashings of butter seems to be a real go-to for many of us.

Devon sandwiches
White bread, butter, devon, tomato sauce = happiness in my mouth

In fact, comfort food for many seems to fall to the cheap end of the stick:

  • sliced white bread
  • plastic sliced cheese
  • tinned spaghetti
  • baked beans
  • tinned tomato soup

to name a few.

The weird includes BabyMac‘s husband’s very own experiment to prove the Higgs Boson: take one bread roll, smear with vegemite AND peanut butter and then nuke in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

Jodie from RicRac tried to convince me that slices of cream cheese topped with vegemite were a winner:

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Chips – either packet or hot – on white bread also featured.

Raisin toast – the crack of carbohydrates.

Pudding anything: lemon, chocolate, self-saucing, rice.

Mum’s roast, lentils, pudding, insert childhood memory here.

Mine are well established – anything with that white frosting bakeries make on top, jam rollettes, bread with quality butter, toast with lashings of butter and homemade jam, fried devon. Basically give me highly refined carbohydrates laden with fat and I’ll purr. Oh yes, there’s many many reasons I am Fat Runner.

So what’s your comfort food? What makes your whole body go ahhh and your brain think everything really will be alright.



*asking you all on Facebook and Twitter

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  • Fried devon! Yuck!
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    • I promise I don’t eat it that often. Promise.

  • My mom’s mac and cheese recipe (that I have thankfully mastered as she doesn’t live in the same town) is my go-to when I have a particularly emotional day. Made with a roux, lots of sharp cheddar cheese, and bread crumbs on top that brown so nicely in the oven, its cheesy goodness just can’t be beat.

    • Mac cheese – you can not go wrong. And it has to have a golden crispy top with gooey, oozing goodness underneath.

  • Heinz Tomato Soup fixes everything – I can feel a bowl coming on now!
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    • YES – SO many people said Heinz Tomato Soup with hot buttered toast.

  • Coq au vin. Yup, pronounced, ‘cock oh varn’ is a ridiculous sounding way to say slow cooked chook in wine.
    It’s my chicken soup for the soul

    • Totally get that. Am making roast chicken tonight for that very reason – restorative.

  • So many delights listed up above, Kim! I must confess though, hadn’t heard about fried devon!

    My food of choice at the moment would probably be a warm, just baked date scone with lashings of cold butter. Totally hits the spot for me with a tall cup of coffee. Mmmmmmmmm.
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  • Mrs Woog

    salt, salty chips, pasta with a cheesy sauce, salt fat fried crunchy lard. Basically hangover food. Give me a pizza over cake any day! Salt

  • Nicky

    I can devour roast chicken like Henry V111. I’m with you on the bread and butter front and didn’t realise it was a cortisol booster. Carbonara cooked in the pan, pork belly and I have been knowen to buy devon in a packet from the petrol station when drunk. The first thing I wanted on returning to Australia (had left age 6) was a meat pie and some jaffa’s.

    • Jaffas are my go to chocolate fix. It’s almost a three-way tie between them, violet crumble squares (not the bar) and freckles.

  • Yes date scone is one of my favourites…comfort food is often associated with someone special that is no longer with us…my grandad loved date scones! But, my ultimate is rice pudding!! Another memory of my Mum’s cooking 🙂
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    • SO many of us have comfort foods associated with family members. My lemon delicious is that for me, reminding me of my childhood but also of my nan.

  • Laura

    Toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of chocolate milk. Eight-year-old comfort food. I only crave it when things are going really crazy.