Comfort Food

Charli Mills’ May 4th Flash Fiction Challenge was to write a story in 99 words (no more, no less) about comfort food. How can this familiarity influence a story or character? Is it something unusual like Twinkies from the 1970’s? Or is it something from home, from another place or time? As always, she suggests we go where the prompt leads us.

Last year, Carrie and her very wise Granny were characters of a 99 word story I’d written about a catastrophic chocolate cake recipe. It seemed to me these two may know a thing or two about the prompted subject so I invited them back to star in this week’s flash fiction.

For additional inspiration, I decided to ask the staff at the physiotherapy clinic I was at this afternoon, what was their favorite comfort food. Not only did they respond, we even engaged all the patients and people started calling out their favorites. The office was happy (and hungry) by the time I left. Here are some of the treasured foods they vocalized: grilled cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, sheppard’s pie, fettuccini, stew, French fries, lasagna, chicken soup and pizza (everyone’s favorite) to chocolate ice cream, pancakes, Oreo cookies, apple pie and hot gooey cinnamon buns.

So without further ado, here are Carrie and her enlightened Granny with their say on the subject of comfort food.


Carrie sank deeper into the armchair and sighed. “Granny, being here feels like a heaping bowl o’ comfort food. Why is that? ”

Granny sipped her tea and smiled knowingly.

“The recipe is quite simple really. I’ll teach it to you. You take a heap of patience, a gallon of understanding and an armful of hugs. Add large cozy chairs, soft cuddly comforters and freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Mix it all with a load of love, a dash of faith and barrels of laughter. Stir in kindness, hope and forgiveness. And your home becomes comfort food for the soul.”

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  1. Mmm, I can sink into the comfort of that recipe! Kate, I love that you asked around for favorite comfort foods and collected the answers. What an eclectic mix, and yet I’m sure many of the selections are rooted in a similar recipe. Nice that you brought back Carrie.

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  2. Ah, that’s comfort for sure. Beautifully expressed, Kate. The image is delightful. I’d love to be there wrapped up with Carrie in the warmth of Granny’s love.

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    1. I think the definition of home should be amended to include the word comfort in it. That’s definitely one of the distinguishing features between the word home and house. As Dorothy in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz said, “There’s no place like home.” And I’m sure Granny would welcome a visit from a kindred spirit such as yourself. 🙂

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