What Makes a Good Comfort Food?

January has brought something out in all of us here at the Bistro: the natural urge to indulge.

Comfort food is high on the list of our favourite genres of food. No matter it be your grandma's lasagna, or mashed potatoes and gravy, there's something special about the feeling that someone spent their day preparing a meal that you would look forward to. And that’s what we do here.

The Roasted Cauliflower and Caramelized Onion soup we recently featured could easily make a bestseller list. It was a huge hit with staff from all the different shops in the building. On top of the praise from the staff, we received countless phone calls from our customers asking "What was that amazing soup?" that they had had earlier that day. The creamy blend of cauliflower with onions that had been slowly cooked until totally caramelized was big on flavour, but also a reminder of how comfort food can be so simple.

The Warm Roasted Cauliflower & Chorizo pot that we're serving in the dining room all this month is the bigger, heartier sister of that soup. The cauliflower base is smooth, the onion jam makes is extra savoury, and the Gruyère cheese is an obvious choice for its nutty zest. Finally, the chorizo sausage adds just a touch of heat to the dish.

For us, comfort food is all about simple, but decadent ingredients—the ones you know and love.  All there is to it is putting the time and care into it, and a little pop of spice to show you that, hey, even though it's sometimes a bit chilly or windy outside, it's always nice in here!