Comfort food: Seven delicious recipes to cook at home
They can sweeten our mood, even if they're a savory snack like an anchovy bruschetta. And they have the power to lighten our thoughts, even if they contain the calories of a double cheeseburger with egg and bacon...
Everybody has a favorite food – a recipe they always turn to when they’re in need of a bit of comfort. It’s what’s become known as comfort food, a term first coined in the United States to refer to those dishes that seem able to fill us with nostalgia or sentimentality. They are our go-to dishes, those reliable friends that we turn to when things get tough, when we need some comfort, when we feel the need to evoke childhood memories and when we are simply struck by an irresistible craving that we can’t say no to – or just don't want to.
Comfort food is all about flavors that we associate with some of our most important life experiences – moments that warm our hearts. In some cases, these foods really do have “comforting” properties that can reduce stress, while others simple have a power to make us feel “comfortable” – foods that make us feel at home when we’re traveling, for instance.
Homemade comfort food: cook your way to comfort
While it’s true that the perfect comfort food is served to us without us having to lift a finger, how can we satisfy our cravings when we have nobody to cook for us and our favorite restaurants are miles away? The only solution is to cook for ourselves – especially if we can do so in a couple or with a group of friends. That way, whatever the end result, the experience will provide us with real succor for the soul.
According to various studies, cooking has a beneficial effect on the mood: it helps us to be more positive and happy because it reduces stress, improves self-esteem, allows us to discover new skills and talents and distracts us from our day-to-day worries. And when we cook with a partner or a group of friends, it can strengthen relationships and create more harmony with others. Americans call this “share-cooking", because at its heart it really is all about sharing – sharing flavors, creativity, knowledge, mistakes and, of course, plenty of laughs.
The art of dough: Ligurian focaccia
On the sofa: fish club sandwich
Childhood nostalgia with Sunday roasts
We all love getting flowers – especially fried zucchini flowers!
The sea is just a few grains of rice away
Put a smile on the face of a loved one with a plate of trofie
Sweet finish: a cake that feels special
When we talk about comfort food, we can't not talk about something sweet. Soft, creamy, rich... a single spoonful is enough to get those smiles back on our faces. Even when it’s one of those sweet treats we only allow ourselves on special occasions.
But who said that we have to wait for a birthday or another special event to bake a yummy cake?