PHCTOP3: Comfort Foods

in #phctop311 months ago (edited)

Comfort foods! Oh yes, this month's #phctop3 contest is all about food. November is a good time for it, now that we've all had our fix of candy, we can begin to focus on the main meals of Thanksgiving (for those of us in the US, anyway; those of you in Canada already had your feast - it's our turn now).

Food plays a vital role not only in personal sustenance, but in familial ties and cultural bonds. The history of humankind is, in large part, a history of the search for food. From our start as hunter-gatherers we went to where the food was. When we finally settled down in an agrarian lifestyle we did so because of a guaranteed supply of food (and beer; really, who doesn't think that part of our sedentary lifestyle didn't come from someone finding some fermented water and thinking "Hey, this good.")

Some of the most vital gods and goddesses of early humankind revolved around home care, the hearth, and foods (and beer - seriously) (side note: Yes, I believe that beer is the number one cause of civilisation, and arguably the number two cause of parenthood (which leads to further civilisation)). Food was very scarce for much of our history and, to this day, wars and social unrest are, in large part, due to a lack of food.

"Sharing a meal" is a concept so ingrained to our psyche due to these issues that food is more than just sustenance like it is for our pets or wild animals; it's a social building experience probably second to none. Even Jesus had his Last Supper. For his last moments on earth he could have chosen anything he wanted; he chose a meal with his closest friends. Even the Norse gods needed food - Syf's golden apples kept them young.

All of us have some form of comfort food. Just take a look at all the foody posts on the blockchain. Food is near and dear to us! So here, in order, are my three favourite comfort foods.

1: Vanilla Milkshake.

I have precious few fond memories of childhood. One of the few that I do have revolves around a vanilla milkshake from Dairy Queen after primarily dentist visits. I still fetch one after I visit the dentist (who needs that unnecessarily clean feeling in their mouth anyway, right?) and my boys now ask for one too (though they prefer strawberry; I love them anyway).

2: Pumpkin Pie

I have absolutely no idea why I love pumpkin pie so much, but it never ceases to make me feel good. I suspect it has to do with Christmas and stuffing my face with it as a child after Christmas dinner. We always used to bake the pies ourselves, but it was always with canned pumpkin. I remember discovering just how to prepare a pumpkin on my own for the first time and being amazed by it. I always had some misconception that it had to go through some factory process by pumpkin-masters to get Just That Right Taste. Lo, "that taste" happens to be the taste of pumpkin! These days I make pumpkin pie from scratch, including my own pureed pumpkin.

3: Fresh baked bread.

Mmmmm. The smell of a kitchen with fresh oven baked bread. Mmmmmmm. I need say no more.

And there you have. My three comfort foods.

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Fresh baked bread... (one of the) best smell(s) in the world :0)

It is! And now I'm thinking i might need to do that today. Mmm.

You had me at bread. 😂 That smell of a fresh loaf coming out of the oven is pure bliss! I need to work on my baking skills, but I do have a German bakery I buy from at the market that has the next best thing from homemade. I'll be restocking the cupboard here shortly. Your other choices are classics, too! I was more of a chocolate shake gal, but I can appreciate the simplicity of a good vanilla one now as an adult. 😜 Pumpkin pie wasn't big on our holiday table growing up, but boy do I enjoy it now. I'm going to process my big pumpkin this weekend, so maybe I need to do a pie test run before Thanksgiving... Great choices and good luck in the polls!

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I didn't carve any of my pumpkins this year (i.e., I was fighting a severe case of the IDGAF's lazies), so I have at least three more good pumpkins for pureeing. I just might make a stew with one of them, baked right in the pumpkin itself. That always ends up being a tonne of food, though; I'll need to invite someone over.

Holy crap you ain't lying about the ton of food. I've been baking, pureeing and making pumpkin butter for what seems like all afternoon. 😂 I can almost see the finish line, but I think I might save the last bit for tomorrow, haha.

I suspect if it was "comfort drinks", beer would be all 3 choices hey? Haha! But definitely, the smell of fresh bread is incredible, it's like an instant hypnotic state! Great entries here and good luck in the contest!

Hahahahahaha! Yes!

  1. Stout (Guinness by choice, but any stout would do)
  2. Pilsner (a nice choice for a summer day)
  3. Anything else not in 1 or 2.

A stouty, pilsnery blend for number 3 perhaps? 😁

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Haha, or a coffee stout, which combines two of my favourite things!

Fresh baked bread is delicious.

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Hey @wwwiebe

Nice selection! Milkshakes are definitely a buzz food for me. Chocolate malted would be my personal choice (Johnny Rockets). Pumpkin pie is something I have only recently tasted; as it's not really a British thing, and it was very nice. Freshly baked bread is a wonderful choice. Hard to beat that smell that fills the room.

Great entry. Best of luck with the contest.


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Oh pumpkin pie! It's to die for! Freshly baked bread with the butter melting... 🤤🤤🤤

Don't you just love the fall season 😁

OMG yes, just everything about it! It's the best time of year, by far. 😁

Howdy sir wwwiebe! That's a great selection for comfort foods. I was just thinking of pumpkin pie today, I really was, looking forward to Thanksgiving. I can't get enough of the stuff..pumpkin pie that is. lol. Do you load yours with whip cream?

OMG yes! It's about a 50:50 split between pie and whipped cream.

lol! me too! I pile the whipped cream up about six inches high!

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