Whenever we are gone for more than a day, we notice that our cat eats like crazy. She’s always been that way. Once, for less than a year, we had another cat and he traumatized her so much she practically lived under that bed – except for her mad dashes to the food bowl. She gained two pounds in six months and our vet was none too pleased. How strange, we said. How odd.
But, then again, how typical. Whenever I have a particularly stressful, crazy, busy week, I also make mad dashes to food. Particularly comfort food. Now, I’m not advocating this coping mechanism, just fessing up to it. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who waste away living on tea and toast when they’re stressed, instead of the kind of person I am – the dash to the food kind.
My comfort foods? The short list includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, stews and soups, garlic bread, pasta, and every and all manner of baked desserts – pie, cake, cookies, preferably in various forms of chocolate. Weirdly, I’ve never been crazy about ice cream, some folks’ Achilles heel. I have one friend who chomps chips. Another who stirs up scrambled eggs. Another craves macaroni and cheese.
What about you? What are your favorite comfort foods? Or are you the tea and toast type?