My husband has a cold (poor baby) and, wonderful wife that I am (don't you love how modest I am?), I went to the store to pick up all his favorite "sick" foods. Which meant I stocked up on Cup-o-Noodles, Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup, apple juice, and crackers. And for dinner he wanted an egg salad sandwich. Isn't it funny what things we crave when we're sick?
I know for me, I crave tuna fish sandwiches (cut into triangles) and Cheetos, because that's what my mom always used to make for me when I had a cold. And if I have the flu I want Pepsi and Saltines to settle my stomach.
And yet I've also found the opposite can happen. I can't eat cherry or lemon lifesavers because they taste too much like cough drops. And hot tea tastes like medicine. I always drank it when I had a sore throat and now when I drink it I feel like I must be sick. And don't even get me started on apple juice. *shudders*
Which makes me wonder: if my mom had made me liver and onions when I was sick, would I crave that? (I don't know why she would make that...I don't really know why anyone would make that...but I'm just saying.) Conversely, if I always drank hot chocolate when I had a sore throat, would that taste like medicine?
And I think the answer is yes.
There's a reason why they call these foods "comfort foods," and it's not because they are actually more comforting than others. It's because of when and how we eat them. They're the kind of foods made in warm kitchens on cold days to be enjoyed with the whole family by a big roaring fire. Or they're something simple and gentle, brought to you in bed on a tray along with your favorite movie and an extra blanket to snuggle with. And it's those things that really bring the comfort: the love, the warmth, the memories.
So as I go downstairs to make my husband a cup of hot tea (he, unlike me, craves it when he's sick) I'll throw this last question into the void. What are your favorite sick/comfort foods and why?
I look forward to reading your comments, and hope you'll take the time to share...