My all-time favorite comfort food that I'll have to be content to have only in my memories is Mum's homemade macaroni and cheese with English bacon. How I wish I had a photograph and the recipe. She used to make it with a white sauce from scratch and grated cheese (can't even remember what cheese/cheeses she used), elbow macaroni, and English bacon scraps that she would get from the butcher. English bacon is the most delectable thing imaginable. It looks like this:
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Lean and thick and meaty...my mouth is watering.
The scraps from the butcher were thicker, like big chunks of ham, a little like the pieces in this sandwich but with a little fat so that when they were sprinkled over the macaroni and cheese and it was baked, they crisped up amazingly in the oven.
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I suppose I could try to recreate it but it would never be the same because I'd always be missing that one ingredient...Mum's love.
Sophia and I have a favorite comfort food when it's just the two of us...chips and gravy. Now these are chips as in the English term for french fries, not chips as in potato chips. French fries deep fried, sprinkled with malt vinegar and covered in brown gravy (or Sophia's version, covered in brown gravy and then sprinkled with vinegar). Don't knock it until you've tried it...the combination of the gravy and the tang from the malt vinegar is too delicious to describe.
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Comfort food for Vic and me is usually some sort of dip and dippers, something for us to enjoy while we're watching a movie together. Tortilla chips and salsa, or spinach dip and French bread cubes, or a recent favorite, Brad's Dip with tortilla chip scoops.