Comfort Food

Back in the fall when I was growing a Buddha belly I decided to go on a diet. I managed to lose ten pounds and then December happened, the season of shortbread, wine and chocolate. It comes but once a year, I rationalized to myself and ate with abandon: cookies for breakfast, cheese at every opportunity and bonbons on an hourly basis. I told myself that I would be sick of all the indulgences by the time January rolled around and vowed that as soon as I finished feasting at the annual New Year’s Day Dim Sum blow out I would eat salads again. Then January arrived, that awful month when I am running on empty in the serotonin department and find myself crying under the covers with a pie. I was all over the pasta, loaves of bread and every sugary item I could shove down my gullet to muffle my irrational sobbing. Now it is February, and like those pets who disappear in a hurricane and somehow limp back to their owners months later, the pounds have returned.

Today I am debating whether to go to the gym or bake The Sweetie his favourite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. When I bake a batch he always reaches for a cookie when they are still too hot, then grunts like a caveman and pretends that his hand is burned. It makes baking them all worthwhile. I have tried to expand my cookie repertoire but The Sweetie always complains that they are not like his favourites. This morning he had a nerve root injection into his spine at the hospital. He was a brave little soldier and what kind of wife would I be if I opted for the elliptical machine instead of baking him a tray of cookie medicine? Obviously I have to do the right thing and keep that sports bra balled up in the back of a drawer for a little longer.

The Sweetie’s favourite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • Cream together 2/3 cup butter with 1 cup brown sugar
  • Add 1 egg and 2 tsp vanilla
  • Mix in 1 cup flour, 11/2 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp each baking soda and baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt
  • Stir in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • Bake in 375 degree oven for around 10-12 minutes
  • Leave tray on top of oven and wait for a caveman impersonation as your unwitting victims get overly eager and reach too soon for a hot cookie. Snicker.

4 Responses to “Comfort Food”

  1. The Sweetie Says:

    Yummmmmm! Coookies!

  2. Astra Says:

    Of course The Sweetie says “yummmmmmm cookies” – he’s a caveman!! I hope he is on the mend too.
    I’ll try these this weekend, but my family is eagerly anticipating the release of your cottage cookie recipe ;-)

  3. Eloise C. Says:

    Sugar and carb withdrawal is not recommended during this time of the year, when daylight is scarce. Emergency Rooms everywhere are overloaded with disturbed individuals who have attempted to diet in the first quarter of the year.

    Protect yourself and continue to feed and be fed!

    Hope The Sweetie continues to mend! I’m sure you do too. 8)

  4. drollgirl Says:

    LOL! you are such a good wife! i hope your man is going to be ok, and i know the cookies will help!

    i lost a few lbs a while back. they have RETURNED and most likely brought along a few friend. BLARGH!!!!! i about a pound of tomatoes for lunch today with a peanut m&m chaser. lol. the struggle continues. the waistline expands! gotta get a grip sooner or later! blargh!