Ultimate comfort must haves

It is a cold rainy night here and I decided to make my favourite comfort food for dessert tonight….Apple and Rhubarb Bread and Butter pudding. And it was soooo good!

But it got me thinking. It has been a crappy week with so many horrible things happening to good people around me and I know that every one has weeks like or much worse than mine. And when I have weeks like this I make a bit of comfort food ( see above) and read my favourite book ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott or watch ‘Monsters Inc’ or ‘Despicable Me’. 

It’s just feel good comedy or literature, that makes a bad day seem better. So I would like to know…what are your favourite comfort things? Is it a bath with a book? An amazing cocktail, potato laden dish, a favourite book or movie? It could be all these…I would just love to hear what makes a bad day (or week!) seem better for other people! 

 I will leave you with the recipe and method for the bread and butter pudding (I love it, its super easy!)….until next time! xx

Take care xo

Ingredients*

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 300ml pure cream
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 thick slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 40g butter, softened for spreading
  • 2 Pink Lady apples ( or Granny smith)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar ( for sprinkling)
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb 

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 5cm-deep, 17cm x 28cm (base) baking dish. Whisk eggs, milk, cream, caster sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl. Wash and cut rhubarb and apples into thin, bite sized pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Spread both sides of each bread slice with butter. Cut each slice in half diagonally. Arrange half the bread in rows in prepared dish. Repeat with remaining bread and arrange cut and washed apples and rhubarb. Sprinkle raisins or other dried fruit if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Pour egg mixture over bread. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 35 to 40* minutes or until golden and set. Serve.

*Original recipe can be found at http://www.taste.com.au, I have amended ingredients and cooking time slightly.

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The Power of Food

Why I love food isn’t exactly a mystery, its what keeps me alive. So why is it that the thing that keeps us is alive something that creates so much passion and diversity around the world?

When people discuss their travels, the food is one of the most memorable aspects of the adventure. You remember a place you visited far more fondly if you had a to die for tiramisu in Italy for example. And if like me you had a fish in Venice that tasted like the canal smelt you are less likely to want to return to that part of the world…( well Venice is pretty amazing and it had great gelato…so I forgive it!)

Food isn’t just something to merely keep us alive, like we view oxygen, but rather its a source of pleasure, guilt, well being, vitality and creativity. Nothing personally makes me feel better than whipping up a baked treat in the kitchen for the ones I love.

The thing I love most about food is that its the great equaliser. Everyone needs food and enjoys it. The dinner table is where all people of different walks of life can potentially sit down and enjoy the pleasure of good food and maybe a cheeky wine or sherbet depending on what you like :).

Maybe peace negotiations between countries could go a bit more smoothly at a dinner table? Just a thought!

Till next time,

xxxt

My First Blog Post!

I never even dreamed of having my own blog, until this morning driving to work. I had three takeaway coffee’s in my car and I realised that the things in my life that made me happy were the simple things like the smell of fresh coffee, new and old books and amazing food. I believe that in the end its these little things that really make life so enjoyable.

Im currently studying at university to become a librarian and I am so excited, scared and happy to be doing something with my life that I actually want to do. So while I’m studying  i’ll be blogging about my English lit studies, the books, teachers and any adventures that studying affords me! There will be much food, recipe and coffee talk as these are the things that keep me going! Any mean spirited comments will be deleted so please be nice 🙂 But plenty of discussion on books, food and coffee will be more than welcome! Till next time 🙂 xxx