I was reading an article the other day about comfort food and how it can boost serotonin levels.
It got me to thinking about what my comfort food is. To be honest I didn't have to think for long. The answer is the same as it was when I as a teen: Lamb chops, mash and veg.
When I was twenty one years old and had been "back-packing" around the USA for 6 months (I use the term "back-packing" loosely as I didn't own a backpack and while I did travel around the USA a lot on my own, I had a very comfortable and loving family in PA that were my home base), Mum asked me what I wanted for my first meal home.
This was probably a bit of a downer for Mum given she's a damn good chef that has created amazing gourmet meals over my life time. Really, all you want is lamb chops?
I'm not talking fancy lamb chops here either people. I'm talking fatty-whack-them-on-the-grill-and-smother-them-with-tomato-sauce lamb chops.
I used to eat them a lot in my mid-late teens because it was my Dad's go-to meal when Mum wasn't there to cook. She spent a lot of time in hospital over three years battling (and winning) her leukemia war. You might think that the lamb chops would therefore remind me of a very scary and emotional time in my life. But no. It was the lamb chops and Dad's ability to cook them that somehow gave me comfort.
If I've been sick and am finally starting to feel human again I immediately think of lamb chops.
If I've been away from home and just want a good old fashioned home cooked meal I think of lamb chops.
If I'm sad and need a boost I think of lamb chops.
The weird thing is they are not a regular part of our menu planning. I mean, we have them from time to time, but not often. My hubster knows they are my comfort food so they are usually reserved for when Leanne needs comfort.
Of course I have other go-to meals too. Vegemite toast is the only thing I'll eat when nauseous. BBQ chicken is the food I prefer when I've got migraine. Pizza is the food I choose when I'm absolutely starving and I just want to stuff my face. But lamb chops are my comfort food.
What foods do you turn to?
Do you have a comfort food?
How did your comfort food come into play?
Anyone else get great comfort out of good ol' Aussie chippy chops?