Everyone, consciously or unconsciously, had his/her comfort foods.
Some comfort foods are regional; others are national but non-is international, yet others tend to be temporal.
They are dishes we return to to remind us of happier times.
Twp decades ago, Kraft dinner, Wonder bread, and Twinkies qualified as comfort food; today there is a wider variety.
In North America, certain foods become fashionable and then lose their prominence. Three decades ago muffins were popular, then came croissant, pizza, specialty coffees (espresso, cappuccino, café au lait a.k.a latte) Indian food, sushi, risotto, foie gras, who knows what the next wave will be?
Some comfort foods are event specific, i.e. hot dogs’ baseball, popcorn movies, and hamburgers picnics, roast turkey Christmas or New Year’s Day.
Here are some comfort foods of Toronto chefs:
Poutine – French fries and fresh squeaky cheese curds – a specialty of Quebec; Asian noodles (Cantonese noodles, Japanese sobe noodles, Vietnamese rice noodles); dumplings (famous in Central European countries Austria, the Czech Republic, southern Germany);
Congee (Boiled rice); Matar Paneer (Green peas and soft cheese in gravy. An Indian specialty); baked beans; mashed potatoes; braised lamb or veal shanks;
oxtail soup; chopped liver; meat balls, grilled cheese sandwich and homemade ketchup, pea soup with sliced sausage, grilled steak French fries and Maitre d’Hotel butter; corned beef sandwich on rye and lamb stew
In every country, there are many restaurants offering comfort foods to those who crave them, but for one reason or another cannot prepare them at home.
There are even people nostalgic enough who travel thousands of kilometres to enjoy their comfort foods.