Comfort Foods from Childhood

There is frost on the grass in the morning and, depending on where you live, it is possible that the snow is already painting the landscape in a bright white. At this time of the year salty soups, healthy chili and dense stews warm our bones and nourish our spirits.

Memories… When I was a child, my mother fed us with home-made food. Every day she spent hours in the kitchen preparing old-world meals of freshly harvested vegetables and recipes handed down from generation to generation.

Some of her favorite included Sauerbraten (baked beef cooked with red wine and vinegar), lentil soup with bacon flavor, bean and ham soup and authentic brine with potato dumplings and purple cabbage.

After school, it took almost thirty minutes to wrap two pairs of heavy socks, boots, pants, waterproof pants, several layers of sweaters, coat, gloves, scarf and hat. With all my layers, I plunged into the winter landscape and prepared myself thoroughly to play for several hours in the white snow.

As night fell, the smoky scent of her soups and stews floated through the kitchen window in stark contrast to the dry, icy air. Inhaling deeply the wet aromas of the mother’s meals is a memory that will live with me forever.

In love with food!

Seeing my mother and grandmother cooking and smelling the comforting aroma of their comfort food inspired me to love life. Today I love to make this and many other comfort foods that I learned from my mother.