Going back to comfort food to beat the winter chill

Ah Cape Town. Most locals know that the beautiful, steamy November-to-March months of solid summer sunshine are followed by months of wet, grey winter. The kind where you dream of steam and can’t get enough of it from long soaks in the tub and an endless supply of coffee cups filled to the brim. That would explain why the view from my office window, which normally looks like this – magically sunny and ‘get outside’ inspiring:

Sunny view of CBD and Table Mountain
Sunny view of CBD and Table Mountain

Has been more like this for the past few weeks:

Overcast and drizzly - that's rain, not tears on the glass
Overcast and drizzly – that’s rain, not tears on the glass

Or worse, like this:

View completely morphed by rain
View completely morphed by rain

Some days it rains, some days it pours. Most days the wind is so bitterly cold that your eyeballs ache and your nose zings each time you venture out (Note: Having your nose sing is different to having your nose zing. The former is amusing. The latter, not so much.)

And so, we’ve not been out and about trying many new things of late. Instead, it’s comfort that appeals – the comfort of going back to a treasured memory or a tummy-filling meal that you know will do well again and again.

Popcorn weather! Using an owlie salt shaker! Happy to finally be home and dry...
Popcorn weather! Using an owlie salt shaker! Happy to finally be home and dry…

That’s why last weekend, instead of trying anywhere new, we revisited a few of our local favourites, namely Inside, the intriguing Indian bistro/cocktail bar/sports lounge in Eden on the Bay where we had one of the best value-for-money breakfasts a few weeks ago, as well as the Brazen Head Irish pub, at Seaside Village. Both in Big Bay, both on the same day. Yes we did.Β 

Here’s breakfast at Inside…

I didn't properly document the meal last time - here we go with big bowl of yoghurt and honey to start, as well as glass of Coca Cola, flute of orange juice and pot of tea...
I didn’t properly document the meal last time – here we go with big bowl of yoghurt and honey to start, as well as glass of Coca Cola, flute of orange juice and pot of tea…
Nonchalantly sipping on one's breakfast Coke, as one does. This is the rest of the meal - all this AND everything in previous photo came to less than R80. For realsies. Pick your jaw up off the floor.
Nonchalantly sipping on one’s breakfast Coke, as one does. This is the rest of the meal – all this AND everything in previous photo came to less than R80. For realsies. Pick your jaw up off the floor.

This is lunch at the Brazen Head with mum and dad…

We were so full from our breakfast still that Hubby was happy with the cheesy snails starter and a Castle Draught to wash it down
We were so full from our breakfast still that Hubby was happy with the cheesy snails starter and a Castle Draught to wash it down
Dad was very pleased with his freshly made snake and pygmy pie (OK OK, it was steak and kidney) and handful of chips
Dad was very pleased with his freshly made snake and pygmy pie (OK OK, it was steak and kidney) and handful of chips
Mom and I shared these wonderful vege side orders - she didn't have the super large breakfast I did but had been very ill with ear infection/dizziness for a fortnight, so dry food was the order of the day. And these were delicious! Crumbed mushrooms, delicate sweet butternut and garlicky spinach. Mmm
Mom and I shared these wonderful vege side orders – she didn’t have the super large breakfast I did but had been very ill with ear infection/dizziness for a fortnight, so dry food was the order of the day. And these were delicious! Crumbed mushrooms, delicate sweet butternut and garlicky spinach. Mmm

And the deliciousness continued the following day, when a fried-food craving hit so we went to Ilha at Woodbridge Island for this lovely meal…

That's an iced coffee/coffee shake in front of me, three large feta-and-bacon stuffed jalapeno poppers with sweet chilli dipping sauce, and a basket of prawn tempura and chips. Not pictured - Hubby and his Castle Draught. Apologies to man at next table pondering his newspaper
That’s an iced coffee/coffee shake in front of me, three large feta-and-bacon stuffed jalapeno poppers with sweet chilli dipping sauce, and a basket of prawn tempura and chips. Not pictured – Hubby and his Castle Draught. Apologies to man at next table pondering his newspaper

That’s all, folks… I sense more comfort food coming my way as the temperature’s set to drop further, so watch this space for more!

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