During the first few days of Hurricane Sandy striking and its wretched aftermath, our food routines were thrown out the window. Stomachs growling, no regular meal times, we were all just going through the motions and figuring it out as best as we could. After the initial couple of days, we found ourselves gravitating towards comfort food. Something to make us feel better while everything around us was turned upside down.
Little in the way of fruit or vegetables. We’ll all be going on the Hurricane Sandy diet once life resumes something, anything, that resembles normalcy.
My cravings for fruit and vegetables have been rampant, and explains why the first meal I cooked at home last night featured five different dishes that had fruit or vegetables in it.
It’s all we want.
Well, that and our warm beds.
When it comes to comfort food and my ten-year-old son, Nick, he is all about soup. With the exception of Split Pea, he will eat most any soup, and given it’s a complete meal that warms you from the inside out, it couldn’t be more perfect. Especially during these times of unrest.
I made this recipe for Chicken and Orzo Soup a week or two before Hurricane Sandy had her way with us, and Nick did all but inhale it. And I do believe this is the first time he’s ever willingly eaten cannellini beans. One of my co-workers said it was her second favorite food that I’ve ever brought in for her. In the seven years we’ve worked together.
So there’s that.