Comfort Food

Comfort Food

People close to me know about my favorite foods. I typically have them for breakfast, when my brain hasn’t kicked into gear. My friends are weirded out… after taking a quick look at my plate, some ask why; others say, “I should try that!”

I’d like to post a disclaimer first, please. I don’t eat these concoctions everyday; which is maybe why my primary physician hasn’t written up a prescription for cholesterol meds. But if I ever feel stumped about what to eat, anytime of the day, these are my no-brainer choices.

My main ingredients are pancakes (or “hotcake” per my Pinoy roots), vienna sausages, eggs, and cheddar cheese. If I had to stock up four items to keep myself alive, I’d choose these. I’d be alive AND happy! (So, yes, my pantry is never, as in never, without these items.)

Why these? I’ve traced it back to my schooldays. I know my mother was some kind of dietician because she always made it a point to serve balanced meals. Meat, fish, vegetables, dairy, fruit, and grain. I’m certain I was fed healthy growing up. For school recess, my default packed sandwich was vienna sausages, scrambled egg, and cheddar cheese, on white bread. To make it a balanced sandwich, Mommy tucked in a lettuce leaf and two slices of tomato (which always made the bread soggy). So yes, I think this daily dose made a serious imprint on my taste buds.

Here are my two favorite foods for breakfast and any other time of the day:

Pancakes, Egg, and Cheese

Pancakes, Egg, and Cheese

Pancakes, Egg, and Cheese: A couple of 5-inch pancakes is just right for me. The single egg is over-well (Over-easy is runny. I don’t like runny eggs). The syrup is maple, preferably light or sugar-free. The cheese is fresh-grated cheddar (sharp or extra-sharp, preferably aged). Sometimes I add fresh-grated parmesan or pepper-jack (for a spicy kick). On rare occasions, I add a glop of jam or jelly (like in the picture), but I don’t put butter, whipped cream, or any other topping. And no bacon.

Sausages, Egg, and Cheese

Sausages, Egg, and Cheese

 

Sausages, Egg, and Cheese: I panfry a tiny can of vienna sausages in a little canola oil. When the skin is brown and wrinkly, I break an egg over the pan and toss the sausages and egg together. I sprinkle a little salt and pepper to taste. When the egg is mostly cooked (did I mention I don’t like runny eggs?), I transfer the mix to a lunch plate (or shallow bowl as in the picture) and grate sharp cheddar cheese over it. Bread on the side.

Lettuce and tomatoes are always within reach.

Coffee, tea, juice, chocolate drink, or Coke Zero as beverage.

My comfort food. What’s yours?

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