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Happy Gourmand

Let's hear it for comfort food!

As I write this, Martin is making one of his cherished grilled cheese sandwiches, using an old iron to ensure the bread gets good and crispy (not to worry, it is the cast iron variety, not the electric kind). It made me think about comfort food and all its traditions. I am not sure if the actual sandwich offers Martin the comfort, or if it is the ritual of using the iron he really loves.

We all have our favourite things, and often they are entrenched in very specific conditions to keep them intact as favourites. New favourites often include such details, and that is what makes them endearing. You know, like the fact that Oreo cookies have to be eaten with a glass of milk, and you have to pull them apart (or maybe YOU don’t, but I do!). It is comforting to know what is going to happen, how the food is going to taste; and the anticipation of that moment is what really makes you feel better.

Sometimes comfort food can just be dishes that warm the cockles of your heart, too. I like ethnic recipes for that kind of feeling - curries and stews with exotic spices are like virtual travels for me, and the warmth of the dish can cheer my spirits almost as nicely as a day on the beach. Try my recipe for Thai Green Curry if you want to see what I mean (invite some friends over - it makes a big pot full!).

What is your favourite comfort food? I would love to hear your stories… send me an e-mail! For me, the favourites are usually from my childhood, like a mug of hot chocolate and a scrambled egg sandwich on fresh French bread. The butter on the bread melts from the hot eggs, and with just a bit of ketchup it is sublime. (Martin likes mustard, which apparently is a Quebecois thing). The cocoa must be made with dark chocolate and honey too, for that gives a much richer taste than those syrups. (See the link on my Facebook page for great decadent hot chocolate tips).

I guess the dreariness of winter is what makes us think most often of comfort foods. Something to chase away those winter blues, even as the temperatures warm up. Something that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside, forgetting about the cold or rainy or slushy weather and the lack of fresh fruit and flowers. Something you can have even if there are no friends or family around, that gives you the same feeling as when they are all around.

So, don’t feel bad – open that container of Rocky Road ice cream, or try one of those grilled cheese sandwiches (just don’t use the electric iron!). Curl up with your comfort food and enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling with no guilt. After all, everyone needs to be a little selfish once in a while.



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About the author...

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, being someone who is passionate about people having a good time . Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, marketing and service programs. Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column.

She says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that "sense of place" from where the food has come... the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had.

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment; sharing that joy with others is how I keep those good vibes going!"

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 




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