Comfort food varies from nation to nation, from culture to culture, from person to person. In my case, one of my favorite comfort foods is Filipino-style Spaghetti. And not just any Filipino-style Spaghetti, but the kind my family makes.
For the initiated, Filipino-style spaghetti seems to be the bastard child of Bolognese and a bottle of ketchup. Loaded with ground meat cooked in a tomato-base, the similarity ends there. Add to it some banana ketchup, sliced red hotdogs, and processed cheese spread (not really cheddar as it’s usually labeled), this Spaghetti is a mÃ©lange of sweet, sour and hearty flavors that’s sure to hit the spot. While my grandmother used to make it with ketchup, our current version simply uses sugar as a sweetener. Because we love mushrooms, we’ve also taken to adding lots of it—definitely not a bad development. Think of all the added vitamins and minerals! Cooked in large amounts, we store half of the sauce in the freezer—comfort food on hand.
Along with the spaghetti, I packed half a tomato and pesto bagel, compliments of a recent visit to the Salcedo Saturday market, and a mini-container of cream cheese. Satisfaction times two!
A comforting lunch? Definitely! And something that can easily be replicated as we still have a large tub of spaghetti sauce and a couple of bagels in the freezer. What’s your idea of a comforting lunch?