Comforting favourites

This blog is all about my favourites.  Mostly.  I do write sometimes about the things that weigh, but mostly, it's about things, people, stuff I love and which make me content.

have difficulty separating comfort food from favourite food.  I love food, and cooking and my kitchen (actually, any kitchen) is one of my most favourite places in the whole world.  I'll find my way around any kitchen and cook.  When I travelled to Johannesburg on business, I'd sometimes often stay with one of my dearest friends.  One day, her then partner commented that they were running late and that someone had to see to the supper.  Quick as a flash, hreposte:

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I have some favourites that are not connected to food:  my favourite animal (cat - unless you hadn't guessed).  Favourite human - The Husband.  Favourite rugby team:  the Springboks.  Now, food, well that's another matter, and for me, in many respects, the two are intertwined.  Comfort is all about well-being and contentment, and food is associated with the most ancient of our senses:  smell.  Without a sense of smell, we can't taste.  I cannot conceive of a world in which I will never taste again.  I havof that. oing oce of that. Going on twenty years ago, I went on a business trip to Japan.  The timing was less than optimal because it coincided with moving house - the first home that The Husband and made together.  It was also about six months after the my father's death; my mother had died eleven months before that.  Oh, and although neither had anything to do with the break-up of the other's previous marriages, we were both going through divorces.  That was just for starters.  As the year progressed, the company I'd invested in, and where I was working, went belly-up, The Husband retired; we got engaged.  Look at that list and Google the things that cause life... center one's life...

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I returned from Japan (nearly 48 hours' travelling with no sleep), having spent five days staffing a stand at a trade show, with a twisted ankle and a really bad cold.  The ankle healed, cold went, but the streaming nose and eyes didn't stop, and with those streams went my sense of taste.  Well, mostly.  It came and went - largely associated with the extent to which my nose was blocked.  That could be triggered by anything from a glass of Chardonnay and cooking a pot of fragrant rice, to nothing of any consequence.  This is one of the reasonsn blanc. t's thfor Sauvignon blanc. It's the only time in my life that the kitchen wasn't a happy place and I didn't enjoy cooking.  I was never sure how a meal would turn out.  The Husband still tells the story of our going out for supper one evening (when I returned from yet another business trip), and I chose the least expensive thing on the menu:  a sesponse: I can appalled.  My response: "I can taste nothing.  What's the point of payin taste?" he Hus something I can't taste?" The Husband still tells me I've never produced a meal that was not both edible and delicious.  Evtake it. hat I e's biased, but I'll take it. What I could taste, though, was salt and sour, so salt and vinegar chips, or crisps as they're known elsewhere, became my go-to comfort food.  There was a vendor who came to the office daily.  I'd make a daily purchase.  Only salt and vinega crisps. e ultiNo salt and vinegar.  No crisps. We ultimately discovered that it was the house:  it was damp and full of mould.  We moved eleven mre gone. coubreathe. cd taste. h4> stillything.  All. The. Time. I still enjoy salt and vinegar chips but eat them less frequed a bag. h2>Ingly, Ints ow, myhen I last had a bag.


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Growing up, an annual crop was tomatoes.  They are not essential to every meal, but if you're at a loss as to what to cook, and short of other ingredients, the trusty tomato is an essential standby.  She has stood me in good stead.  Often.  When I've suddenly had to produce a meal.  Some might say that a meal without a tomato is like kissing a man without a moustache.  Or eating beef without mustard.  As I've "grown up", I'm not sure about either, and am certain it's a matte cooked.

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Combine tomatoes with eggs, and I'm even happier.  Poaching eggs in tomatoes?  Great, comforting supper on a cold night.  A shakshouka is my idea of heaven.


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Then there is pasta

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My top three most comforting meals (foods)

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Second place: Fish, parsley sauce and peas

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Top spot:  Tomato soup

The pièce de résistance, though, is tomato soup.  It has always been a favourite and when I'm feeling poorly or when I can't dconfess.

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My daily fix. In a blue and white mug. Of course.

In my mid-twenties, I had the worst dose of 'flu - and I do mean influenza - I had ever had in my soup.

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There is a bunch of great people on Steemit who run a monthly contest-cum-writing prompt.  This is rambly my entry.

Until next time
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa

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    06.11.2019 15:49

    Upvoted 👌 (Mana: 5/15)

    06.11.2019 15:49

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    06.11.2019 15:54

    With pleasure!

    06.11.2019 15:56

    Oh my gosh! Thank you.

    06.11.2019 16:04

    Yep, you've done it, you've made me hungry. Or at least hungrier. Definitely lunch time now.

    I'm thrilled that someone other than me knows the term sassenach. :)

    Lunch today is likely going to include tomato soup; it's a great choice for sure!

    06.11.2019 16:08

    Hahaha! It's approaching supper time here. And, guess what? It's pasta!

    Well as you gathered, my father married a sasenach. Constantly reminded her of that... I'm so glad I didn't have to explain it to everyone.

    Tomato soup - enjoy it!

    06.11.2019 16:15

    I was surprised your top spot was Tomato soup! Everything else look so delicious!! Well, porch egg is my favourite and the most difficult for me to make...

    06.11.2019 17:15

    Hahaha! Yeah, well, I have chicken soup baggage. A story for another time, perhaps ☺

    07.11.2019 04:00

    This was, as they say, worth the wait! You definitely did not disappoint, and I feel I got one more level deeper into the heart of Fiona. Oh tomatoes, I could wax poetic about fresh-picked tomatoes all day. Funny as growing up I got about as far as ketchup or pizza/pasta sauce, but wouldn't touch a fresh one. On a hamburger or sandwich? I'd pull that sad floppy red thing right off. And that is why--I pretty much mostly experienced the grocery store version of tomatoes, not the gorgeous specimen that is garden grown! We're currently harvesting every last little green cherry tomato while we can before the plant completely wilts for the season, haha.

    Pasta, oh that's another one that speaks to my soul. Though that is another realm I haven't entered yet, the realm of homemade that is, a basic bowl of plain noodles was probably the very first thing I learned to cook on my own. If all else failed, I would survive all carbed up and happy. To refer once again to my beloved grandmother, other than delicious pancakes, the only other edible item she made was a bowl of pasta. As children we were perfectly happy eating dinner of spaghetti with butter and Parmesan for dinner, and waking up to pancakes in the morning.

    Truly heart-warming (and belly-warming) choices Fiona. We are honored to have you bring your best to our table!

    06.11.2019 19:19

    You are very kind, Katie. I do enjoy the opportunity for the virtual breaking of bread that my writing/blog offers.

    For me, unless you haven't guessed, food and memories - totally intertwined 🤐

    Home made pasta is really easy. Except I am not sure about a vegan one. I shall have to do some homework. The egg is a protein and binding element. And then working the dough to release the gluten does the same. A homemade vegan option must possible I am sure. I feel some homework developing.

    Pasta, butter and parmesan: I could so eat that.

    Relish in the last of those little 🍅 Ours are getting there...☺🥂

    07.11.2019 04:09

    Wonderful post @fionasfavourites! Some of my favourites here as well; I'd pick Cottage pie as my number one from your list, that's the one thing I enjoy most for a weeknight comforting meal;) Your other food looks delicious too, The Husband is not wrong would be my verdict!

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    06.11.2019 19:37

    Hahaha! Thank you, Lizelle!

    07.11.2019 03:49

    All that food looks delicious.

    I'm happy I ate before clicking your topic because if I didn't I would be running to grab a bite to eat after looking at all that tasty looking food.

    06.11.2019 23:54

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Sorry I made you hungry. Not 🤭

    07.11.2019 03:49

    Always enjoy your the personal nature of your posts. Thanks for sharing.

    In Lak'ech, JaiChai

    07.11.2019 03:54

    Thank you @jaichai - and for stopping by.

    07.11.2019 03:58

    Informative post as to why you enjoy some meals whether in good health or not Fiona.

    All simple healthy dishes reflecting food does not have to be expensive, it is the care and attention in preparation given to each dish (except the cuppa soup) that leads to enjoyment.

    07.11.2019 06:55

    Hahaha! - even the Cuppa Soup needs attention otherwise it ends up all lumpy...urgh!

    And no, the meals don't have to be expensive to be healthy and wholesome!

    07.11.2019 07:13

    These all look wonderful. You can’t beat tomato soup as one of the world’s best comfort foods!

    07.11.2019 07:11

    Thank you, @jayna. I'm glad you agree. :D

    07.11.2019 07:56

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    07.11.2019 09:01

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    An absolute epic post @fionasfavorites

    So many gorgeous dishes in that blog. The hunger level just raised a few notches. I enjoyed the story the information from your past, too. Losing your taste, even temporarily, must be a tough thing to go through. My father had radiotherapy on his neck a few years ago and he lost his taste for a while. Thankfully, he got it back but I know he struggled with it.

    Great choices in classic FF fashion! Good luck with the contest.


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    07.11.2019 09:13

    Thank you @phctop3 and @cheese4ead and sorry (not) to have raised the hunger level! Your Dad has my empathy. Trust he's well now?

    07.11.2019 09:17

    You and I have some similar food likes. I also love tomatoes and I really like scrambled eggs. I am having a taste issue currently though, which makes no sense.

    If I buy ground beef and make burgers at home they're delicious and full of that great burger flavor. But as I've tested the burger joints recently, McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc., I find these burgers don't have much, if any, flavor!

    The only commercial places where burgers still have some burger flavor, are Culver's and SteaknShake. It used to be that they all tasted like burgers, and I don't understand why they don't now. Other people say they haven't noticed a change. It's very perplexing!

    07.11.2019 09:22

    I am sorry you're having a taste issue. It's the worst.

    On the burgers: I think the international franchises use a lot of not meat meat and/or not beef beef - like chicken and then use flavouring. Or so I have heard. Not being in the US (which is where I think you are?), I don't recognise the other places you mention, but I will say this: there's only one local franchise where I'll consider eating a burger, and that's Steer's. Mostly, though, we choose independent eateries where the food is "real". Happily, there is not one franchise restaurant in our village!

    Thanks for stopping by @free-reign!

    07.11.2019 09:33

    Wow reading your post, I've gone from hungry to hungrier 😄😄 your photos perfectly show how tasty the dishes you've shared are 😋😋
    !giphy yummy

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    07.11.2019 10:36

    Thansk so much for stopping by @iamraincrystal, and thanks for the compliment!

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    07.11.2019 15:24

    Wow, nice post, I love comfort food and have it every day, but just lately I've been thinking that maybe I should have some of the healthy food instead, such as lettuce and salad and stuff, but when I go to make some I just can't face it...

    07.11.2019 11:05

    Absolutely delicious. I admire anyone who can do what you do with ingredients, turn them into magical moments that last a lifetime.
    In my culture we have developed tastes for certain foods. In the case of soups, we'd rather have a fish or chicken soup over any vegetable soups. I remember, though, I indulged myself once in a restaurant and asked for a tomato soup. It was quite an experience. I still remember that taste even though I have never again had tomato soup.
    I'd love one day to try Fish, parsley sauce and peas. It looks delicious

    07.11.2019 11:06

    @hlezama - I was thinking exactly this as I was considering this post (and competition). Our foods and our tastes are culturally defined - and by what we grow up with. People expect me to like chicken soup. I don't. There's a reason (and a story). Fish soup, like you and tomato soup, I've eaten only once. I'd eat it again. Would I make it? I'm not sure.

    Here's a deal: when you visit South Africa, I'll make you tomato soup followed by fish, parsley sauce and peas. With chips or potatoes.

    How does that sound?

    07.11.2019 15:21

    Hahaha, That sounds wondeful!

    07.11.2019 16:20

    Oh my, as missionaries working on tiny salaries we could only afford cheap accommodation through the years resulting in several encounters and health problems with mould. A terrible substance indeed!

    Some great meals here as usual Lady Fiona!

    07.11.2019 11:43

    Dreadful, mould. Truthfully, it's taken nearly 20 years to outgrow the allergies that developed. This year, so far, virtually no symptoms. Thanks for stopping by @papilloncharity

    07.11.2019 13:10

    I still have a strange skin allergy that not one dermatologist can diagnose Lady Fiona. Picked it up in 2012, little red severely itching hive type of things that flare up in the sun. Not eczema, pimples, psoriasis or any of the other things. Had allergy tests and found clean. The only thing that helps is Cortizone. Been taking Celestamine tablets and a cortizone cream daily ever since.
    A real disturbing condition.

    07.11.2019 15:43

    How awful. At least you can manage it. Good evening!

    07.11.2019 15:45

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    07.11.2019 11:59

    Thank you!

    07.11.2019 13:08

    Thanks for sharing all these great meals

    I’m glad I just had shambled eggs with jalapeños and red peppers diced in them for after seeing all these delicious foods I would be craving some of them.

    07.11.2019 12:04

    You're welcome!

    07.11.2019 13:07

    Oh my word, I can't imagine losing my sense of taste @fionasfavourites! That would be horrible. I agree life in the kitchen is the best, especially creating tasty creations for those you love :) Mould, not good! Glad you figured it out quickly and moved. My daughter and her husband live in an area where mould is a big issue, its a constant battle with air conditioning and dehumidifiers a must. Again, your post is wonderful, so many chuckles and head nodding as I read your thoughts and admired your lovely photos. A great entry to the PHC contest, I certainly couldn't have said anything better! :)

    07.11.2019 13:14

    Ah @birdsinparadise - I never want to not taste again! We only realised it was the house after we moved. Here's the thing: we were given notice because the owner wanted to move back in. Our original intention had been to buy it. Can you imagine? It's taken nearly twenty years to lose the allergic reaction that developed there. This year, so far (she touches wood), I've been virtually symptom free. Now, of course (spring) is the worst time. So, fingers crossed.

    And thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words!

    07.11.2019 15:24

    oh my goodness twenty years to lose the symptoms? That is terrifying! My daughter has suffered horribly from the mold and even when she visits here she is like a barometer...always aware if there is the slightest mold, she is affected. I am so for your agony, and to think you almost bought the house!!!!! Yikes!!!! Glad you're symptom free now, hopefully spring won't bring too many negative side affects ;) Blessings!

    07.11.2019 15:34

    Health and delicious

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    07.11.2019 14:36

    Thank you!

    07.11.2019 15:24

    I skipped dinner and after reading your post, I'm really hungry.
    Darn.. I only have instant noodles at home :(

    07.11.2019 14:37

    Oh dear! Order in?

    07.11.2019 15:24

    Beautiful selections @fionasfavourites and our kitchen is the happiest room in the house. 😋

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    07.11.2019 16:11

    Thank you! The kitchen: the heart of the home ☺

    07.11.2019 16:16

    I learned a lesson. Never read a good blog without having Dinner I am hungry

    07.11.2019 17:11

    Well, I hope your mouth feels better and that your dinner was delicious!

    07.11.2019 20:31

    OMG everything - YUM! And speaking of eggs, have you ever tried "eggs in a cloud"? I just discovered them and I'm doing a post later on how to prepare - super easy!

    07.11.2019 18:00

    No, I haven't. Now I am very curious. Look forward to your post!

    07.11.2019 20:33

    Well, I knew it was going to be an epic and you didn't let me down! Loved the stories and really pleased to see salt and vinegar crisps got a well deserved mention. I'm glad you were able to harness their healing power and get you through the mold ridden days that stopped your sense of smell.

    For me, life without being able to hear would be awful, I need to listen to the beats and music so without that, I'd be weeping!

    As for the choices, I say tomato... Have to agree with the Tomato Soup, that really does hit the spot on a cold wintry day.

    Good luck with the contest!

    07.11.2019 18:08

    You are very kind @nickyhavey. The healing power of salt and vinegar crisps is not to be underestimated.

    If you asked which of my senses I could live without, I'd be hard pressed. Not being hear birds, music, people's voices - I'd go nuts. Imagine not being able to see? We know folk who are deaf and going blind. Doesn't bear thinking about. And not having been able to taste... Well, let's just say, I have a greater appreciation for it.

    PS So glad to have been able to maintain the standard.

    08.11.2019 03:40
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    07.11.2019 22:31

    Every dish of food you present looks too delicious and provocative, I'd like to eat them all.

    07.11.2019 22:52

    Thank you so much!

    08.11.2019 03:34

    I am so hungry right now 😅 You're list is insanely tantalizing 😋 Time to whip up some tomato soup 👌😍💯👍

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    07.11.2019 23:12

    Hahaha! Hope you enjoyed it!

    08.11.2019 03:34

    Tomatoes tomatoes and more tomato!!!! 🍅 soup was my childhood favorite. And I love everything about tomatoes. And pasta.... Oooooh pasta, the love of my life!!

    08.11.2019 02:28

    Now I know why we are friends! 🤗

    08.11.2019 03:33

    🤗🤗🤗 absolutely!!

    14.11.2019 20:58

    Well these may be your favourites and they are now mine too! Approaching noon is NOT a good time to read your posts BTW as now I am inspired to go eat too much.

    Potatoes boiled with Mint? What a neat idea. I have mint in the garden and may try this!


    08.11.2019 16:56

    Should I be sorry for whetting your appetite?

    P'raps not.

    On the potatoes with mint: it's preferable that they are small and freshly dug. Do try it. Highly recommended ☺

    08.11.2019 20:23

    Nah I love food on the blockchain. Inspiring how many good cooks are here.

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    09.11.2019 04:04

    You write the most beautiful blog posts. And your food looks always mouth-watering!! I wished you had a business trip to San Diego and stayed with me :)

    08.11.2019 19:04

    Thank you @mariannewest. I find the right client, and I might surprise you!

    08.11.2019 20:10

    I’ll trade you a Melomakarona for that salad!

    11.11.2019 11:43

    Which salad? Oh, you mean the tomato one? It's a deal @dandays :D

    11.11.2019 12:44

    This is the 77th comment on this article. 77, to put that in perspective, I just learned how to count to 100 last Wednesday.

    11.11.2019 13:23

    Hahaha! Who's counting? I do words, not numbers..... ;)

    11.11.2019 13:28

    Awesome! Thanks for sending over your entry fee, just letting you know that I've added you in with your nominations now!

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