What are your Fall/Winter comfort foods ?
- LotusRapper Nov 14, 2013 09:55 PM
Any foods that you'd love to savour while vegging on the couch in front of the fireplace (or that fireplace channel) ?
Me (random listing):
- miso soup
- cream of corn soup
- any creamed soup (butternut squash, tomato, asparagus, mushroom, celery)
- French onion soup
- cinnamon & brown sugar oatmeal
- grilled cheese sandwich
- cinnamon bun
- pumpkin pie/apple pie/rhubarb pie
- roasted squash/yam/sweet potato salad
- roasted brussel sprouts with shaved almonds (or pecans)
- boeuf bourguignon (or any old beef stew will do)
- zongzi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi
- chicken pot pie/beef pie/shepherds pie
'Nuff for now. And you ?
May not be a food but hot spiced wine (like glogg) is a must.
I look for hot brothy meals that are very pungent- sticking my face into a steaming bowl of polenta with wild mushroom ragu to smell it is half of the comfort factor for me.
Miso soup here too
Veggie stews with lots of garlic
Pungent chili with cornbread
My mom's gingerbread (she bakes it in an 8x8 so its like a cake)
Chicken and Dumplings
maple roasted brussel sprouts
braised Asian short ribs
Braises - osso buco, lamb shanks, short ribs
Creamy carbs - polenta, risotto
Winter squash, root vegetables (parsnips, turnips,
celeriac, etc.) - roasted, pureed, in soups
Butternut squash soup
Chicken pot pie
Pot stickers, pork, with orange zest
Cabbage and egg noodles with Hungarian sausage
Boeuf Bourguignon and paparadelle Bolognese top my list, always. Others include most roasts, braised short ribs, osso buco, cottage fried potatoes, beef Stroganoff, and, one I associate with my childhood...I remember Mother cooking it on winter nights when Dad was at sea and the snow was deep in NY...a ground sirloin patty on a buttered English muffin, maybe drinking Sherry while it cooks, as she did. (It was 1960. I didn't get the full experience.)
For me it's definitely a list of English classics:
Steak and kidney pudding (untouchably top on my list)
Steak and kidney pie
Warm custard (the real stuff, not Bird's)
Mushroom barley stew/soup
I forgot to mention Indian foods. Thx FF. Daals of all kinds are good. Esp. with some fresh-out-of-the-oven naan to mop up the sauces.
You're in Seattle eh ? We used to frequent Cedars in U Dist. when our lives revolved around UDub (Go Huskies !). It wasn't life-changing food but quite decent AFAIC. I loved their cozy house-y ambiance and the bottomless chai they offered :-)
Is Flowers still on the Ave, still have those scrumptious AYCE for $10 or something ?
Soup lots of it, including chili
Holiday food - mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, all foods I rarely eat at any other time
Chinese food - I get weird cravings for the good ol' Americanized stuff
Braised short ribs with mashed potatoes
Macaroni & cheese
Spaghetti & meatballs
Au gratin potatoes
Pot roast w potatoes, carrots, onions & spaghetti
Pork vindaloo with samosas, garlic naan & basmati rice
Another vote for French Onion Soup.
Also, Squash apple Bake
various Sweet potato casseroles
Mulled spiced apple cider (no alcohol, thanks).
"Skater Stew," a soup/ stew recipe we found years ago on a Bean Council (or similar trade promotional org) website. It has various beans, legumes, sliced turkey kielbasa.
Cornbread, corn muffins
Norwegian Julekake at Christmas
Crockpot overnight steel-cut oatmeal
Crockpot overnight grits
(Mind you, this is Florida- we don't sit around watching the fireplace much. Sometimes a good outdoor bonfire or chiminea, though)
Interesting - I always associated zongzi with summer. The dragon boat festival is usually about the point when summer is getting stupid hot and staying there, so making them is my un-air conditioned kitchen is a sweaty process.
Hot alcohol drinks - mulled wine, milk with brandy or rum and spices, grog - to warm up before bed.
When it cools down, I start going more for casseroles, braised dishes, stews, and pureed vegetable soups served hot rather than chilled.
Orange salads - the local oranges are hitting the markets now.
Soups. In the last few weeks I've made butternut squash, pumpkin, french onion.
Stews: So far beef stew and chicken cacciatore. A good chili is on the horizon.
I've been heavily indulging in apple cider lately and baking will ramp up in the next few weeks.
ETA: martinis and tropical drinks have given way to manhattans, scotch and whiskey.
My new favorite is birria - essentially chile-stewed protein, served on corn tortillas, topped with onions/cilantro/radishes and scented with freshly squeezed lime juice. This taco is then dipped into the strained chile stewing liquid before each bite. This stuff will cure your cold and hangover at the same time.
Solid recipe here (I sub white onion, cilantro and radishes for the pickled onion):
Short ribs are tremendous but you can use pork shoulder, lamb, goat, other cuts of beef etc...
Baskin Robbins Pumpkin Pie ice cream
Soup ~~ French Onion, Split Pea, Black Bean, Tomato
Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
just made food and wine's roasted sweet potato and wild mushroom "salad" with miso dijon dressing. A huge hit!!!
Chicken pot pie
Hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy
Grilled cheese sandwich, old school
Thanksgiving dinner and cold turkey sandwiches the next day
Big bowls of anything warm and creamy: especially soups of any kind, but potpie soup is a front-runner. For that matter, chicken potpie itself is always a winner. I also like many Winter root veg., just roasted and glazed, with braised meats accompanied by noodles or potatoes. BUT my favorite Winter dish is my ol' braised (or crockpot) cabbage standby: just throw wedges or shredded green cabbage into your crockpot w/ onions and carrots and let it cook down all the livelong day. At suppertime, make good egg noodles and butter them, and serve the cabbage atop: silky, delicious, meaty-tasting cabbage over nice, soaky noodles, topped with a dab of sour cream. OH yeah.