Each spring, as temperatures start to rise and the sun begins hanging around a little longer, I notice a major shift in my diet and cravings. I still love warm and hearty comfort foods, sure, but what I really get all sorts of excited for is lighter fare – salads and sandwiches, seasonal soups and sides, sweet fruits and grilled veggies. Kale yes!
Sometimes I miss waking up on Easter Sundays all giddy, knowing that the Easter Bunny had hopped his way on through our home and hidden a basket for me and one for my little brother somewhere inside the house, and a few candy and coin-filled eggs in the backyard.
I have to admit that during my time abroad in England and Ireland, while I never had any trouble finding delicious foods to enjoy, I often felt like I was missing out with all of the “Sunday Roast,” “Cornish Pasty,” and “Shepherd’s Pie” staples and specials featured at nearly every restaurant and pub I visited.
Last year, Jeremy and I tried to start one of our very first traditions together – a rather simple one: enjoying brunch together every Sunday. It’s the only day of the week that we both typically have off of work and get to see each other for more than an hour or two at a time, and we always do our best to get the most out of those kinds of days!
I miss a lot of things about my time in England, and often try to take myself back through various senses – looking through old photos and videos, listening to the music of the buskers I met during my travels, and eating some of the foods I grew to love while there.
If I could eat potatoes for every meal forever, I totally would. Bake them, fry them, puree them into a soup… just about any way you make them, I’ll love them. But my all-time favorite way to savor a good potato is when it’s mashed.
A giant helping of macaroni and cheese has always been the staple I look forward to more than anything else during holiday meals, and it’s definitely the comfort food I turn to most frequently.