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The Friday Five – eating, of the comfort variety

August 27th, 2010 · No Comments · British favourites, Cookbooks, Foodie gifts, Friday Five

Lets face it, for most of us it’s been the most lousy fortnight on the weather front, and it’s felt more like Autumn than the height of summer. Which means there’s only one thing to do: bring on the comfort food!

Need some inspiration?  Here’s a few titles that you might want to stock up on now ready for the real Winter season still to come.

Clarissa’s Comfort Food– I love Clarissa Dickson Wright, what you see is what you get and she cooks in a similar uncompromising manner. With something for every course, you’ll be in deep level comfort which such dishes as salt beef, chocolate bakewell pudding and drappit eggs with sables. No idea what the last one is, but sounds good.

Italian Home Cooking 125 Recipes to Comfort Your Soul by Julia Della Croce– This is one to put on your wish list for later in the year, as it’s not released until October. But for me there can be no better comfort food than a big steaming bowl of buttery pasta, a dish of lasagne, risotto…a whole set of dishes just oozing in comfort!

Sweet Comfort Food by Bridget Jones– there are so many comforting puddings, like rice pudding or bread and butter pudding that would just bring such a great sense of wellbeing. Never mind the calories, some times you just need a portion of some of these things!

Winter in the Alps: Food by the Fireside– just the imagery conjured up by the title makes me think this is going to be full of comforting, warming delicious food. Cheese fondue and mushroom polenta anyone? I mean, I can feel the calories piling on just writing those words, but when the weather’s like this, who wants a lettuce leaf?

Life is Sweet: A Collection of Splendid Old-Fashioned Confectionery – I don’t think you can beat a few old-fashioned sweeties to cheer the day up, and this should give you plenty of ideas. Coconut ice is going to cheer up any day and making your own marshmallows would drive grey days away.

So, we have to hope that the sun makes a reappearance some time soon, but in the meantime have a practice for what lies ahead. It’ll be here before you know it, sorry!

Beautiful rainy shot by malias over on Flickr.

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