Friday, November 20, 2009

Game Friday: Comfort Food

Welcome to another fine Friday! Today, I'm inviting you all over to dinner!!

If this were a real dinner, I would do all the cooking. (I'm not bad. Really.) But this internet dinner is going to be potluck. Here's the game for today.

In the comments, take the next letter of the alphabet and give us a food that starts with that letter*. Make it something that means something to you. Something that evokes some kind of emotion. Then, as you sit down to your food, let us hear a little bit about what is swirling in your head. I'll start with A.

A

Apples. (I know, boring.) But nothing beats a tart, wild apple. My father introduced me to them at my grandparents' house, where they grew at the edge of the forest along their road. In high school, when I used to golf a lot in the evenings, I'd load up my bag from a tree on the course and eat them as I played. Now, I have this weird wish to have my own fruit trees. For years, I've been working on a cherry tree and a small orchard near our cabin. So far, my only big success are blueberry bushes. Maybe next year! (I say that every year.)


(*For the tough letters (q, x, y & z), if the word contains the sound, that's good enough. Or just skip it.)

26 comments:

Laurel said...

Blackberries. Around here they come in early June and don't waste your time with anything other than wild. You don't want the fat, non-seedy overbred store kind that don't have the tart bite to go with the sweet.

If you get them the old fashioned way, you'd do well to wear boots and jeans. Keeps you safe from hiding rattlers and chiggers. Nothing to be done for the bees and hornets, though, but listen out.

When you get as many quart buckets filled as you can stand the heat to fill, head on home, take some aspirin for the sunburn and a shower to scrub off the sweat and grime. Then make cobbler till your fingertips look cyanotic with blackberry juice.

Ahhh, cobbler. Hot from the oven with a scoop of vanilla to cool each bite enough to eat. Yep, it was worth it. Maybe you'll find some more on the edge of the back 40 tomorrow.

Shadow said...

c = crumbed camembert with cranberry jelly... takes me back to a skiing holiday in austria...

Tabitha Bird said...

D= dagwood dogs. I would only dare eat these at a virtual dinner because they are FULL of fat.
But, Oh.My.God. They are soooo good!!
These things are basically just a sausage on a stick dipped in batter and deep fried, but they take me straight back to childhood at the local Ekka (and Australian term for exhibition or fair) held every year in winter. They are best eaten quickly with sauce dripping down your chin! Mmmmm...

the walking man said...

Eggs...My mother worked outside of the home for years and she never did learn to flip an egg without breaking it until one of her grandchildren showed her how. As soon as she learned this new skill she also learned that you microwave eggs.

I loved the woman but she really could not boil water.

Four Dinners said...

F = Fry Up!....4 rashers of Bacon, 4 sausages, 3 eggs, large tin of beans, 2 large tomatoes, 4 waffles, 4 slices of toasted bread....then go back for seconds...

I ain't called Four Dinners for nowt yer know...;-)

vinay pandey said...

G= Gazar ka halva( carrot pudding)
A very famous Indian dish prepared with carrots and cream.
The lovely pink and the rich aroma bring about a generous visual and olfactory orgasm. It holds itself in your mouth , between your molars like a chewy feel long after it has subsided and taken the plunge.

writtenwyrdd said...

H = Hominy. Not something I particularly like, but I distinctly recall the times I've had hominy. Most involving visiting relatives in the South. the stuff is funny tasting and unique. Not sure how people like it without lots of other things added. Oh, and grits are made from them. Grits I like with butter, salt adn pepper. But only occasionally.

Aine said...

I= Ice cream

I have such fond memories of my Dad singing "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" everytime we'd have some. But what is deeper and more significant to me is hearing the stories about how, when he was a boy, ice cream was a treat that his family enjoyed only occasionally. Ice cream was expensive, and they had to go to the ice cream parlor to enjoy it. (No cartons of it in the freezer at home.) So, to this day, whenever I start to eat ice cream, I feel so lucky (as well as a great sense of gratitude) that I can enjoy ice cream whenever, whereever I'd like. And I don't take that for granted.

Mona said...

J - Jamuns ! Its the most relished Indian sweetmeat. Syrupy sweetness oozes out with each bite, while it melts in the mouth! ;)

Chris said...

K - kohlrabi, a vegetable I used to eat raw, fresh out of the garden. Crunchy and a wee bit peppery. Similar in flavour to say the stalk part of broccoli or cabbage. Crunchy goodness :)

Milly said...

L-Love-You can’t cook a great meal without the love for the food and the love for the people eating it. You could cook a good meal for people that you loath but arsenic taste too sweet in meat loaf.

Milly said...

M-Mac and Cheese

Not the home made stuff. The orange stuff in a box just like mom makes.

Milly's son.

Nevine said...

Naan - I love carbs, and bread in any form makes me swoon. Naan is so tasty because it usually comes with some of my favorite spices sprinkled on top, such as whole cumin seeds, and crushed coriander. I like to dip toasted naan in raita, a yogurt salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, and chilis. Eat eat eat, and then doze for a while... Mmmm... food and dreams...

Angie Ledbetter said...

Omelette. Not much better and easier to get creative with in the kitchen. And a wonderful thing for using up yummy leftovers. Throw in cheeses, asparagus, onions, garlic, meatloaf hunks, pepperoni, mushrooms, artichokes...you name it.

Jean said...

P- potatoes. (I like the 'e')...a casserole with sliced potatoes, chunks of ham, onion, heavy cream, butter, flour, ground pepper.
Bake. Drool. Enjoy. (and leave the skin on...tastes good and is good for you.)
Goes great with meatloaf, just like mom used to make.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Pierogies - supreme comfort food. These are dumplings that originated in the Eastern and Western Slavic countries. Unleavened dough filled with varying ingredients. Our favorite, in this house, is the potato and cheese Pierogi, heated in melted butter with salt and pepper, and smothered with carmalized onions!

SzélsőFa said...

Q- quiche
I used to make lots of them when the kids were younger. I made Quiche Lorraine, and basically, all types of quiches with mushrooms and leek, topped sometimes with cheese, sometimes without.
I liked making them, I think they were good looking and tasty. Everytime I made one I felt like a real chef :))
unfortunately none of my household loved it as much as I did, so I don't do quiche anymore.

PixieDust said...

Red Grape Pasta - a light, refreshing recipe I came up with this summer... I love playing in the kitchen, and cannot wait to pass on all the recipes I came up with to my daughter...

:-)

love,
me

Karen said...

S - spinach, raw in a salad topped with bacon crumbles, cranberries, toasted pecans, and blue cheese; creamed; mixed with artichokes in a hot dip for chips; or even straight from the can a' la Popeye! Any way you cook it, clean it, or cut it, yum!

Amias said...

T - Turnip green, mixed with mustard greens are delicious. I love to eat the turnip root raw, because it's sweet. Boil it and it's a little bitter. I love Turnip greens with, yes, ham hocks. Turnip is a good source of Vitamin A and will clean you out, if you know what I mean. If you gather them while they are young, you will get hooked on them.

Amias said...

T - Tomatoes! Oh I love fried green tomatoes. I can eat them every day ... but one has to put a little time into frying them and although the season is very important, without the right tomatoes it won't work.

Stewart Sternberg said...

U is for ugli fruit...it's a fruit, originally from Jamaica, a place where I would definitely like to spend Thanksgiving.

Akasha Savage said...

Vegatarian lasagne...full of roasted mediterranean veggies and served with thick melted cheese. Mmm mmm. I'm drooling already!

Milly said...

W-wasabi

Because it's good on stuff. I nice burst of heat

Milly said...

X-xocolatl

Chocolate pie

Jean said...

Y - yogurt. Strawberry yogurt with nuts and bananas and hot fudge.