Comfort food refers to simple, familiar food that brings some form or measure of comfort, a sense of well-being and satisfaction. It is basically pleasing and can have a nostaligic element either to an individual or specific culture.
This is a conundrum for me. It's amazing how much food can define a culture, and what I eat makes me feel as misplaced as the bananas in my chicken noodle soup, or plantains in my omelet, the squid in my rice and the meat in my dessert.
When I married my husband, I realized how far from American I was. The biggest shocker was that growing up he ate beef everyday. I questioned him:
Pork?....Chops on Sundays
Chicken?....Not my favorite
Although I mostly post Cuban recipes for this blog, be assured that I DO NOT cook Cuban food everyday. Although I've weened my husband from eating beef all the time; I mostly cook the foods that he enjoys.
In the upcoming weeks, I'm taking my husband out of his comfort zone (he'll be sneaking out to Steak 'n' Shake, I'm sure). I'm going to try new recipes... some Cuban, some not, most without beef. We'll see how he fares. Check back soon.