Let’s face it; food makes us feel better. Not only in a nutritious, healthy way but also in an emotional way. Our favourite scrumptious snack somehow has a way of making things seem in balance and gives us the strength to go on.
For me, it’s chocolate, in any form. I am on a ‘healthy way of living’ lifestyle choice at the moment, so sugar is definitely taboo. But now and then, circumstances have a way of making me reach for (or in my case now, rush out and buy) my favourite comfort food.
Bar one cheesecake with chocolate ganache and berries
We recently had a break-in at our house, and my daughter walked into an intruder in the passage. As he was rushing towards her, my black Great Dane appeared out of the darkness with her deep bark and the guy ran off, but he took among other things, my laptop that had been on the dining room table. We were all unharmed, but the incident left us feeling vulnerable and exposed. Also angry. My photo’s and all my work are gone. It has set me back. The insurance made it possible to get a new laptop, but now I feel discouraged. I just haven’t felt motivated to express myself creatively since the incident. But recently I have been feeling the need to tell my story by taking pictures of the food that inspires and comforts me.
My Great Dane, Arabella also had a love for food. She would sit next to me while I was cooking with her head the height of the stove, patiently waiting for a little scrap. She would never take food off the counter or table but would wait for us to feed her. We would say “take nicely”, and she would gently bite the morsel between her teeth without snapping.
Yes, you made the right observation, I am talking about her in the past tense. She was bitten by a mamba less than a week ago, and that was the end. I suddenly have all this left-over food.
So, in my heartbreak, I think I will cook lamb shank, definitely with mashed potatoes and lots of sauce. And, of course, something with chocolate; because you see, I need to take my comfort from food. Just to get my emotional strength up. I will worry about the healthy lifestyle tomorrow.
Cheesecake made by my husband, Alan