Comfort food

Comfort food – or ‘Food Hugs’

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When only comfort food can help

There are times when life gets a bit too much and you just want to close the curtains, lock the doors and hide away from the world with a good book, a hot drink and something comforting to eat.

Food hug

Food hug

Monday mornings tend to inspire that kind of mood in me so I often find myself planning something especially comforting for our meal that evening.  It’s amazing how certain foods and drinks have the power to make everything seem alright again (and no, I’m not talking about wine here!) Think cookies and milk, mashed potato, a hearty stew, even just a nice cup of tea!  These are the types of food I like to refer to as ‘Food Hugs’, mainly because the ‘cutesiness’ of it makes my husband cringe but also because, well that’s what sitting down on a Monday night and tucking into a big plate of chicken broth feels like – a big hug in a bowl!

The comfort food hug range (or rainbow if you will…)

Now if you think about food as much as I do, then it may have occurred to you too that there are several different types of food hugs which fit different food hug needs.  Here are a few examples..

1) The hangover hug

There is nothing worse than waking up with a massive hangover and just knowing that no matter what you do, it’s not going to go away until the next day (or depressingly as you get older, the next couple of days).  Of course, there are some hangovers that are SO bad that not even food can help – shudder, but most can be significantly lessened by a good dose of, well, stodge.  I’m thinking big cooked breakfast (or of course the great bacon sandwich!), a Sunday roast with all the trimmings – we’ve all been there…

2) The ‘I’ve been dumped/fired’ hug

Ah, this one’s a classic and calls for something a little sweeter than the hangover.  There’s the stereotypical big tub of ice cream, which can frankly work wonders or cookies of course (and I’m talking a whole plate here!)  Chocolate. Obvs.  Basically anything that can give you a good hit of serotonin and make you feel like the world isn’t such a prickly place.

3) The ‘everything’s rubbish and I just want my Mum’ hug

This mood can strike for many reasons – it’s raining outside, you’ve got an interview and you’re a bit nervous, you’re away from home and missing your family… Well on these occasions, what’s called for is familiarity.  It can differ from person to person, an old favourite that Mum used to make when you were little perhaps.  Some taste or smell that evokes memories of homely comfort and security.

4) The ‘it’s been a long day and I’m worn out’ hug 

Generally, I find this one can be resolved with just a good, hot, strong cup of tea (or G&T…)

Comfort food

The comfort of a cuppa & a good book


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There are loads more but you get the idea… In the meantime, I’d love you to share what your favourite comfort foods are!


Colette Broomhead

I am a mum of 2 boys and I live in Nottingham. When I'm not cooking, I run my own business as a business coach. My passions are my boys, gaming and of course, all things food and drink!

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