#18 – Comfort Foods

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“When you sit down and savour the moment, food becomes naturally comforting because it’s the moment that matters” Alison

What comes to mind when you think about comfort food? Where’s the line between enjoying a food for the pleasure it brings and turning to it to keep going? What state do we need to be in ourselves to really enjoy our food? Who’s shaping the foods we relax with?

These are all questions that Alison and Andrea dive into in this episode, exploring their very different histories with comfort food. Whether you’re a warm, creamy and luxurious or a simple, rustic and bready kinda-eater, there’s something that’ll get you thinking in here!

The run down:

2:50 Patreon news and the injeera video

4:10 Breakfast/lunch chit-chat including pancakes, polenta bread and lardo

12:25 Comfort foods intro

13:12 Defining comfort foods

15:56 Alison & Andrea discuss addiction

20:30 Andrea’s definition of comfort foods

25:50 Is it the food or the process?

“When we bake bread, we fall into an older part of our nature” Alison

28:52 Peasant food

31:20 Epicurus

33:10 Snacking

“It’s OK to be hungry!” – Andrea

46:30 Alison talking about not eating sugar

51:00 Snacks v family meals

54:15 Observing cravings & trusting oneself

1:00:28 Andrea’s cookie trick & shaping our children’s comfort foods

1:04:35 The importance of making food

1:12:00 A new definition of comfort foods

“The deepest pleasure in food is to be hungry and to eat and drink simply” Alison (paraphrasing Epicurus!)

*Sorry for the sometimes variable audio quality on this episode – we are doing our best!*

Resources Mentioned:

Alison’s sourdough porridge, polenta and polenta bread videos

Flavio, Alison’s farmer

The blog post of Alison’s describing her life shifts that Andrea refers to

Sitopia by Carolyn Steel

Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

A’ la Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

“Since incorporating fats back into my diet all that stuff with the foods I couldn’t stop eating has just disappeared” Alison

Thank you for listening – we’d love to continue the conversation.

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Alison is at Ancestral Kitchen

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Original Music, Episode Mixing and Post-Production by Robert Michael Kay

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