This is one of my favourite topics to talk about, read about, write about and photograph. I love all things food related. I love the cultural aspect food brings, how one can instantly tie a certain food to an area of the world. I love the variety of flavors. I love the spectrum of difficulty for creation – foods that stem from the most basic ingredients to those that take hours or even days to prepare. Food is amazing. It brings families together. It’s an essential part of life. I could browse Pinterest for hours looking for a new recipe.
This brings us to our topic for the day:
“List your ten favourite foods.”
Ok. Straight forward enough. I’m going to step it up a bit and give a reason for each (besides the fact that it tastes amazing).
I have loved pizza for as long as I can remember. I love homemade pizza (recipe here!), takeout junk pizza, takeout gourmet pizza, restaurant pizza and child friendly pizza (naan bread, English muffins).
I grew up in a middle class family. My parents saved a lot of money by not going out to restaurants. If it was a special occasion, they’d let us order in. Birthdays, parties, those sorts of occasions. Otherwise we would make our own.
When I lived at home, my job was to prepare all the ingredients and decorate the pizza. I took my job very seriously. I made sure every ingredient had its own special place on my pizza. Fond memories.
The best toppings you ask? My personal favourite pizza is called the Canadian. It features pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms and double cheese. It’s not one if you’re watching the waistline but damn it’s delicious.
Yes, specifically birthday cake. This is one of the most delicious desserts to me and the reason being is that besides the cake itself being delicious, the reason behind why we’re eating the cake is enticing as well. A birthday cake symbolizes another year of accomplishment in a person’s life. What lessons did they learn? How did they grow? What have they accomplished? It’s about observing a person as they continue to grow and mature. It’s a celebration of them. For some reason, birthday cake just tastes so much better than other cake.
It is some of the most simple food in the world. It may take a long time to make, but the ingredients themselves are so basic and so simple that they just fill you with a hearty fulfilling feeling.
My grandmother is a full blood Latina. When I go visit her in Colombia, she always serves a variation of the same foods for dinner. A meat for protein (seasoned steak, chicken, pork), white rice, yucca soup, ensalada (cabbage and other vegetables in this bitter dressing), beans, plantain chips/mashed plantain and a glass of fresh juice. It’s the same thing every meal, but it never gets old. It is SO GOOD and just leaves me with a warm feeling. It’s a type of food that I’m not used to because I can’t get it here in Canada. We are far too impatient to wait for the food to cook and favor convenience.
Growing up, a food my parents would often serve was sausages. They’d accompany it with potatoes and salad, sometimes with corn on the cob if it was in season. Sausages are tasty, child friendly and cheap which were all winning traits when preparing a meal for a family of five.
This food just reminds me of my childhood because we had it so often. My brothers asked for it weekly and my feather usually obliged. They still serve it quite often when we go over there but now they also accompany them with steaks and/or chicken to even out the basic sausages. The sausages will always be my first choice because of the memories.
There’s nothing more satisfying than the hard crunch of a fresh, juicy apple. My daughter has also seemed to have inherited my love for apples, and she asks for them each morning.
Every year for my birthday (Virgo baby!), I ask to go to the apple orchard. My family humors me now and reluctantly tags along. I love wandering row by row finding the juiciest apples to eat. I brought my daughter last year and she loved it, so I’m hoping to do it again this year.
You can turn apples into so many amazing desserts. My favourite? Apple crisp. Husband’s favourite? Apple pie. Yum yum.
Not just the sugary flakes packed on the side of a donut either. I love coconut cream pie, coconut crusted chicken fingers, coconut flakes in cereal – you get the picture. By itself coconut is kind of bland, but when added in with other ingredients, it can take a basic recipe to a whole new level.
This salad is always a winner for me. The crunchy croutons, crisp pieces of bacon, romaine lettuce and fresh dressing never tire me of it’s simplicity. I love that it’s great on its own with some grilled chicken, or as a side to a savory pasta meal like lasagna.
More often than not my husband and I make garden salad, but Caesar salad always holds a social place in my heart. So amazing.
I love pasta. One of my favourite pasta dishes to make is my Bacon Chicken Fettucini Alfredo and it involves the creation of a fresh sauce. It’s so easy and so tasty that you’ll never want to go back to store bought sauce.
I love that pasta is so versatile and that you can do so many things with all the different possible combinations out there. It can be easy like Chicken Parmesan or more complex like spaghetti with a homemade meat sauce.
Taco Tuesday was a real thing in our household for a while. My husband and I share a love for Tex mex and we were eating so much of it that we decided to slow down and give it a bit of a rest. We love tacos themselves, burritos, enchiladas – something with a little kick. It’s great fun and oh so delicious.
Do you love any of my favourites? Tell me below!