Comfort food. Just the phrase makes me feel better. Like a big, all encompassing gastronomic hug. Comfort food has gotten a bad rap lately. Well, now I’m showing my age. It’s gotten a really bad rap since the 70s. Again with the age- anyone under 30 would probably specify 1970s.
Some of my favorite foods are comforting. And homemade. Really gooey mac-n-cheese. Mile high apple pie. Homemade vegetable lasagne with Bearnaise. Or any lasagna. I guess there is a theme here. Fat + Carbs=love. I’m transported back to my childhood: “Carbs and fatty sitting in a tree…K I S S I N G!”
Here’s a news flash: not all my comfort foods are heavy and fatty. Today, after bravely facing my dental fears, I’m indulging in one of my favorites: Muesli. It’s Swiss (clever folks)and sooo good. All you do is put a bunch of yummy, healthy things in a big bowl and mix it up. There is NO cooking. It tastes even better the next day. And the day after. If it lasts that long. You can change out the ingredients to suit your preferences, but here is what I prefer:
Old fashioned oats (or oat groats), sliced almonds, raw sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, chopped apples, sliced grapes, sliced bananas, milk, honey and yogurt. The milk is absorbed by the oats, so add a lot or it will be dry. I use equal parts milk and oats. It’s very wet at first. This is what it looks like the next day.
Muesli, my PJ’s and an early bedtime. That sound- it’s not the Jaws theme song again. That’s just me purring.