Happy Friday, dear readers! TGIF, indeed.
Today I’m posting what could be my last Fun Friday writing exercise. Do you like these things? Do you find them enjoyable or helpful? If they’re not doing it for you, let me know. I’m trying to decide whether or not to keep them.
Here’s this week’s exercise:
What’s your favorite comfort food? What’s the one food you always reach for after a bad day? Tell me the story behind it. When did it start being your comfort food, and why? Here’s mine:
Since I was a little girl, my comfort food has been cheese and crackers. Whenever I was sick or couldn’t sleep, my mom would spread Imperial cheese on stoned wheat thins, somehow managing never to break the cracker with the cold, hard spread. (Still haven’t figured out how she did that.)
When I asked a boy out in Grade 7, only to be told that his mother “didn’t let him date girls”, I comforted myself with plate after plate of melted cheddar on Ritz. I realized later that this was probably not a healthy response, but it felt good at the time!
I love cheese of all kinds. I’ve discovered fresh Parmesan, which I eat by hand in crumbling chunks, and will never go back to that dry stuff in the can (although that cheese product has its own merit). Feta is heavenly when it melts over basil-roasted vegetables, and can be counted on to spark up any salad, even one made with fruit. It’s great with strawberries and watermelon. Steak is made even better with the addition of blue cheese. Of all the cheeses, it took me the longest to fall in love with brie, but now that I have, it’s one of my favorites. A lovely wedge of brie, served at the melting point with a crisp sliced apple, is to die for. But my absolute favorite cheese of all time is still cheddar…in particular Applewood cheddar, when I can get it.
The most decadent cheese treat I’ve experienced is available at a wonderful Greek restaurant in Winnipeg. Kristina’s has an appetizer called saganaki, which is a plate of rich, melted cheese with bread for dipping. It’s different from a fondue because there’s nothing added to the cheese…it’s just plain cheese, and it’s delicious.
I can live without chocolate. I could probably give up potato chips for good, although it would be painful. But take away my cheese, and we’ll have a problem.
Okay, your turn! What’s your comfort food, and why?