Comfort food gives us the snuggled-up feeling of fresh, rich flavours and smells that evoke a sense of belonging and happy memories. I may nopt go for the heavy English style food that Jamie Oliver suggests otr that Nigella touts, but I have discovered that our family really has developed our own comfort foods.
Since their school days, when my girls return home from travelling, their comfort food has been ‘a fresh green salad with olives and tomatoes please mum’. I’d head into the garden and pick a bowl of fresh lettuce, radicchio, Surinam spinach and green elk. Oh and I forgot the sorrel that’s a perennial favourite!
With cooler weather our family comfort food includes moussaka made with huge purple eggplants from the garden and sweet potato bakes with melted cheese - once again, a product of our small suburban garden. And we also love the kipfler potatoes fromthe potato bag or bin.
Growing comfort food garden can be as easy as converting a holey rubbish or a green shopping bag to a portable garden bed with compost and soil or potting mix. Grow your favourite vegies to include in your special comfort meal. I have some of our favourite recipes on my website. I'd llove you to try them too. Go to www,ecobotanica.com.au