Comfort Food

December 22, 2008



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

Sunday was Attila's day off work and it snowed all day and into the night. He spent the entire day shoveling. The deck is now cleared of the snow from the last big snow storm; just in time to receive another load from the deep supply accumulating once again on the roof.

This morning dawned sunny and very cold. The sun is welcome, very welcome. The cold not so much, as Attila is out there working with a wind chill factor of -31 C. More snow expected tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, Christmas Eve day, when it will be mixed with rain.

If one entirely abandons any thoughts of leaving the property, life flows very easily. But isolation says no, there will be no comfortable flow of time without human contact. A harsh task master, is isolation.

Luckily Attila will be home for a few extra days over the holidays. He may just catch up with the shoveling and be able to play a game or two of scrabble.

I was thinking this morning, about my increased interest in cooking, baking and "comfort food", during the winter months of isolation. The enhanced interest in food is probably a direct result of "cabin fever" related stress.

The best solution is to take direct steps to alleviate the "cabin fever", instead of trying to control the stress it creates with food. Ah, but there is the rub, just what is that elusive strategy that will succeed in alleviating "cabin fever". Still looking.

Today I tried a new recipe, Crispy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans. Although quite edible, it is a recipe that will not be prepared a second time. However, I may try something similar with nuts.

Today's bread in on the hearth, slowly rising. It may reach a reasonable volume, but I am not optimistic. Attila declares almost every loaf delicious, so I feel free to continue experimenting with recipes and techniques.

Later today I hope to try out a recipe for Christmas Bread. I love Christmas Bread, filled with candied fruit.

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Wordly Distractions

Snow laden branches lit up by sunlight.
A welcome sunny morning!

BBC Radio Scotland

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"Under the model that the research team has proposed, glucocorticoids would both prompt vigilance to threats and send a signal to the brain of a chronically stressed animal to seek high-energy food."
From Comfort-food cravings may be body’s attempt to put brake on chronic stress
Source: Jennifer O'Brien, September 10, 2003, University of California, San Francisco

Condition: Clear
Temperature: -18.6C
Pressure: 101.1 kPa rising
Visibility: 12.9 km
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Chill: -27
Dewpoint: -20.4C
Wind: NW 13 km/h

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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