What Are Your Favorite Comfort Foods?
Although I was born in California, I grew up overseas in Ghana, Thailand, and El Salvador. As an adult, I have also worked in Saudi Arabia and Beirut, Lebanon.
My comfort foods tend to be somewhat eclectic.
In Ghana I developed an appreciation for grilled yams. In Thailand I bought deep fried bananas from street vendors while walking home from school. Our cook made Pad-Thai and on the weekends, we feasted on dim sum at a local Chinese restaurant. In El Salvador I encountered paella and real refried beans (which are unaccountably neither refried or even fried here in the U.S). In the Middle East I discovered pita bread with hummus, baklava, and schwarmas.
I also remember my mother's cooking. Since my mother didn't know how to cook, she used convenience foods like canned ravioli or Kraft instant Mac and Cheese. On cold rainy days, I sometimes find myself craving these foods.
What are your comfort foods?