So many of our memories are forever entangled with the aromas and tastes of special dishes and special meals. We call them comfort foods but we all know that it’s not the food itself that comforts, but rather the memories that are triggered when the kitchen fills with the scent of baking bread, simmering spaghetti sauce, bubbling casseroles, fried chicken, sizzling bacon, or pancakes on the griddle.
We each have different comfort foods but they all have one thing in common. Comfort foods trigger memories of times when we felt safe and warm, when loved ones were near, when laughter came easily. These are the foods we turn to when the world feels just a bit uncertain, when we need reassurance that yes, tomorrow will be a better day.
Sometimes it’s a huge meal we crave, sometimes all it takes is a side of gravy. And sometimes, all of life’s worries can be pushed aside with something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich.
What are your comfort foods? Do you have a favorite family food memory?
Barbara from A Writer Afoot has shared some of her memories in a beautiful post titled Of Biscuits and Sunday Mornings. She has invited us to visit her site and share some of our own family memories that revolve around food. I’ll have to think about what to share, but I plan on writing something soon. Join me?