Thursday, June 24, 2010

Homesick = Comfort Food

I don't feel this way too often, but today I do.

I am homesick.

My homesickness for Australia was spurred on by the World Cup. Watching all the Australia matches and seeing all the Aussie fans in the crowd... Australia was such a beautiful place to grow up. I was born there and lived there until I was 22.

Weirdly enough, one of my fond memories of home is doing the laundry. Bizarre, but true.

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My sister and I would take turns loading the washing machine and then hanging the clothes outside to dry. I never used a dryer before until moving here to the US. Back home we would just peg all our clothes up and they would flap and dry in the Aussie breeze. At the time it was such a tedious chore. It's funny the things we miss...

Since I am homesick, naturally I turn to comfort food. I love to cook and bake, but this week I have done it more than usual. Food is definitely comforting to me. Pretty much all food can be Comfort Food to me - just the act of cooking or baking and then eating it is really therapeutic.

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What's your Comfort food?

35 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

aww hun this made me sad. When I went away to college I used to get homesick all the time. Maybe you can plan a trip back to Australia in the near distant future. I can't imagine how beautiful it is there. Its one of my places I want to go in my life. My comfort food is pie. I hope you feel better sweetie!

Amanda said...

I've never had a quail egg, but that sandwich sure looks comforting.

My favorite comfort food is anything with copious amounts of cheese. Seriously. I'm a cheese-a-holic.

And about the dryer - I don't know what I'd do without mine. I don't own an iron (I know, so sad), so I use mine almost every day to get rid of wrinkles in my clothes.

Maybe that's why I'm still single. ;o)

Sorry you feel homesick - I know that feeling. I hope you can get back to Australia soon!

k. davis said...

My comfort food involves a spoon, and a nice big tub of Dulce de Leche, by Haagan Daz... But that cupcake looks absolutely delectable!

Little Miss Tiara said...

Oh Dionne, how can you always make food so beautiful? I mean, my cooking are never looking that good, forget about the taste, good looking food definitely more drool worthy... I love the way you decorate your food... hehehe...

Ahh.. homesickness... I know how it feels, I mean... even for such a short while like a week I already miss my city... o.o yes it's addicting like that, I'll show you someday, remember? ;)

And do the laundry, it's been long since the last time I did it myself, I had new maid since months ago and so I stopped doing it, maybe I should just do it again? Just for fun... hehehe...

Ashley Yazzie said...

Macaroni and cheese and peas. It totally reminds me of home.

Vanessa said...

Oh, Dione, I so know how you're feeling right now. This is the most homesick I've been in a while... And when you get in that funk, not much seems to help, I just have to wait it out until it passes. My comfort food when I miss home is macaroni and cheese, grits or chicken pot pie. They all remind me of my mom and Nana :-)

maggisaar said...

Aww. I was so rooting for Australia too.

I get homesick for Seattle, even though it never felt like home when I was living there. I can't imagine being in another country and being homesick for here, although I know it would happen. Of course, you lived in such a wonderful place and I live in...the Victor Valley so...

Aren't you planning a trip there soon? Or am I making things up in my head?

My comfort food has changed so much since getting pregnant, that I can't list what it is any more. Except mashed potatoes. I will always love a nice, hot bowl of mashed potatoes, butter, and gravy. There's something so soothing in that...and now that's what I want to eat. So badly. UGH.

I love you, Dionne. I can't wait until I see you again.
<3 Mags

sEy said...

Wow!!! I like the Banana split cake, wait, I'll go buy some cupcakes first..

After 30 mins....I'm back! I miss home too, there's no place like it and we have the same process of washing our clothes. Though we have dryers we still prefer to hand it outside and let the cool breeze do its share. Use the dryer during rainy days!

lyndsey | paper girl said...

hello, my long-lost friend! i haven't commented on here in forever. sorry you're feeling homesick...hope you cheer up soon :)

i've found that pregnancy creates a whole new need for comfort food...i only want to eat happy, friendly foods when i feel sick. for me that's been CARBS! haha. bread, waffles, pasta, rice, bagels -- that's all i want, and i want it all the time. xo

Paula said...

I know how you feel Dionne...what I wouldn't give for some Rhode Island clam cakes and chowder!
Thanks for sending the link to the article...it was perfect, even without the photo:)

Phoenix said...

Okay, do not laugh, but my comfort food is really simple and easy to make - stuff like Kraft Mac and Cheese and hot chocolate, because when I was little and no one would cook for me those were the things I could make for myself. And as I began to rely on myself to make food I put comfort into that more than anything else. So my comfort food is ridiculously easy but it means the world to me :)

AMKreations said...

Sorry you're feeling a bit homesick! Enjoy the food! =)

L'Atelier said...

Also feeling homesick, partly because i always do when winter is here, partly because i postponed my trip home due to my DH's knee injury. And also because I dont know when I'll be visiting next...
the world cup in fact helped me ignore my home sickness, really loving that the 'whole' world is visiting.
my comfort food is monte blanc :)
and i also been baking as a anti-homesickness therapy
sending you lots of love from the southern hemisphere and hope we can swop hemispheres soon

kelly ann said...

aaww, i'm sorry you're feeling homesick. :( i've always wanted to go to australia, ever since i was a kid... it seems like one of the most beautiful places in the world. and every australian i have ever met in my life has always been so kind and warm and full of life! i love that. :) and goodness, that sandwich looks SO yummy!

also, this is so weird but... i have always wanted to dry my clothes on a clothesline. haha, i don't know why, but i have always wanted to try!

melina bee said...

did not realize you were from Australia before.... but you're observation is really dead on. I remember having to vacuum as a chore growing up and I oddly miss it when I miss home (thankfully that is pretty rare though!)

Impossible Alice said...

If you come back I'll let you do my laundry for me! The only time I've ever used a dryer was when I lived in the States, too.

I'm sorry you're feeling homesick though, that isn't much fun. Take care of yourself and eat as much comfort food as you want!

the southern hostess said...

What an honest and lovely post! Looks like that food could cure anything. Thinking of you.

Laura said...

Hanging out the washing is one of the things I miss about home too. I try to hang it on the clothes horse as often as possible and put it outside. I never used a tumble dryer until I came to America too.

Scottish comfort food includes chicken and mushroom pie... my mum's sticky toffee pudding aaaaaand custard.

I hope you feel better very soon, lovie.

Heather Taylor said...

I feel ya. When I moved to California, I had lots of moments where I missed home, especially my Mom's food! I have lots of comfort foods, but I think my tops are grilled cheese, mac 'n cheese, and tomato soup. The trifecta :)

Kristin said...

Fried chicken and mashed pots is a huge comfort food meal for me! I'm so sorry you're missing home!

Silver Strands said...

That layered sandwich is SO classy! For me, give me rice-anything for comfort. Or tapioca pudding.
It's no fun to be homesick - hope it passes quickly.
oxox
Denalee

Barbara said...

I guess we all feel that way once in a while, whether it's another country or just another distant state. I always think back on where I was born with fondness too, but I often wonder if it's because life was simpler, less complicated and I felt comfortable and safe. It's scary going out on your own!

My favorite comfort food is always noodles with cheese.

I often forget to tell you how much I love your drawings, Dionne.

Kaye Prince said...

Hmmm, let's see, my comfort foods include soup (basically any kind, but especially tomato), pasta, and grilled cheese. I could seriously go for some grilled cheese right now, yum!

I've been cooking/baking up a storm in the last week too! On Monday I made peach-raspberry pie, yesterday it was rhubarb syrup and vegetable lasagna, and today I'm baking blueberry muffins with some of the extra rhubarb mash thrown in!

Maki said...

Aw everything looks so delicious...

My comfor food is "Udon" (japanese noodel which I know you know) - it makes me totally warms me up inside.

I hope you're feeling better. I know homesick is hard. Really hard. You know I go through way too many times. Cuddle in Brian's arms..

xoxo

LBB said...

Your food photos are always so pretty & inspiring! And what you make is always so original! (Quail eggs!?)
I love a good bowl of soup when I need a little comfort food! :)

Tali Schiffer said...

Being homesick is tough... I lived 8 years abroad so I know the feeling... What made you leave and move to the U.S.?
I don't if you can call ice-cream food, but that's my comfort food. That and anything chocolate! (I'm a true sweet-tooth kinda' girl!)

avant garde said...

wow, everything you made looks divine, but have to say i've never had a guail egg before, but hey, willing to try one :) hoping your homesickness wears off a bit and you enjoy your weekend. if not, just keeping baking and eating and baking and eating and baking and eating :)

Rainy Daisy said...

I know what you mean about laundry. I hated doing it, but my mum used to hang it to dry to save money and energy (plus then it smells wonderful!) and I would run and hide between the sheets. I'm already sick of my dryer.

That's some beautiful comfort food! Mine tends to be something gooey, but not so photogenic. My mom makes a beautiful homemade mac 'n cheese. Fresh artichokes - not canned - with lemon butter....or really just the ability to look in my cabinets and put something together is comforting to me.

That's the risk of grand adventures, isn't it? Homesickness, I mean. I'm there with you. Hope you're feeling better...

Callie said...

chocolates! lots of it.
I am homesick too. I haven't been at home for almost 2 months now. It's a strat for me.

Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

oh my that sandwich looks so yummy!!! I have great memories hanging clothes up with my sisters outside too.. just in upstate NY, not Australia :)

My comfort food is crispy buffalo wings with bleu cheese. but when you are from buffalo you just call them chicken wings!

Abi said...

Poor you, I feel a bit homesick too! hope you feel better soon!
I Wondered if you could help me too... I'm doing an art doll giveaway of sorts, but raising money for our local animal shelter... with so many followers, will you blog about it? pretty please?!!! LOL
Abi (was ~ an angel at my table)

jennifer young said...

so sorry you are homesick :( but glad you can turn to comfort food. rustic desserts are a fave comfort food of mine--like an amazing strawberry rhubarb pie! mm mm mmmm. maybe i should make one this weekend...

hope your baking/cooking takes your homesickness away! :)
j.

Tender Branson said...

I loved that we used to hang our laundry on a line (although mom did it, I never helped). My comfort food is a vegetarian cheese steak with steak cut fries.

Where does one get a quail egg?

Meghan said...

Hugs, lady! I am glad you are celebrating the things that remind you of home:)

Kristin said...

D - i don't know how you stay so tiny! you're always creating such delicious looking treats. These look so yummy. Sorry you're missing home. I know what you mean about the little things becoming the most meaningful... i have all sorts of "laundry-like" things that I miss about home. So glad I just had a week-full at my parents' house... it was fabulous.