The term comfort food and how it’s defined fascinates me. Restaurants tend to categorize dishes such as meat loaf, mac and cheese and soup as “comfort food.” Soup’s fine, but I don’t find meat loaf or mac and cheese comforting. I don’t even like them. I haven’t eaten meat loaf since I made it for M first time around and that was decades ago. I can’t remember when I last ate mac and cheese. Maybe when I was 22?
But ice cream? That is another story entirely.
Here’s a scenario: Sore throat, congestion. I want me some soup and then I want me some ice cream.
No one here is sick, but we HAVE been following a rather clean eating program for a very long time now. And one night, we wanted ice cream for dinner.
We knew if we went to Safeway and bought some, we’d eat it all. So we did something better: we grabbed Riley, got in the car and went to our local ice cream shop.
When we got there, they told us that, due to a freezer malfunction, they had NO ICE CREAM. Now, you’d think that we’d take that as a message that we should turn around, go home and eat some kale. Oh no.
Because what they DID have was their version of soft-serve, frozen custard.
Now, Michael and I, we know soft-serve because we come from the home of Abbot’s frozen custard. If you know Abbot’s custard, then no other “custard” will do.
Our choices that night were to drive further during evening commute to another shop or to abandon our search for comfort food.
Or eat fake frozen custard. Which is what we did.
It didn’t hold a candle to Abbot’s. But it did the trick. Riley even had some vanilla.
I suppose I should feel like a guilty little piggie, because it takes a boatload of cardio to work off that many calories. But I don’t. I love cardio every day and love ice cream every once in a while.
How about you? When you need some comfort food, what does it for you? How do YOU feel about meat loaf and mac and cheese?