…When the dog bites, when the bee stings….who hasn’t had days like that? Days when you just need a little something to eat, something that soothes you, and makes you feel happy inside and out, and that makes you forget whatever troubles, worries or bad things you have gone or are still going through.
My Martial Arts teacher, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, has this to say about those times:
“Rejoice in the lesson of pain and hurt, it gives you strength, it gives you freedom!”
And why not have some food to help with the rejoicing?
Strangely enough, in the winter, this can be a nice bowl of home-made chicken soup. But in the hot summer, what to do? Real comfort food, when I myself need comfort, needs to be fast, easy and have that taste that spells home-made, and makes you feel the world is ok.
When nobody is around, I like to resort to a mug cake, or mug cookie or mug anything – they are so quick and easy and one-portion goodness. But when family is around, I like to make something that everyone can enjoy.
So, I make some concessions. While I could easily make Shirley’s perfect pound cake over and over (and over and over) again – it is that good – I realize that this will not work for everyone. But, I just discovered her Blueberry Banana Buckle (recipe here) and it surely hit the spot. It’s summer comfort food to the max. Check it out!
This time, I did something new: didn’t add anything, didn’t change anything – but I left out the topping! My recently cast-less foot was starting to hurt and so I just figured this cake will be just as good without – and it was!
Enterprising family members informed me that it was the perfect “underneath” for ice cream as well ;)
And because I just love this part of one of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s motivational books, I thought I would share it with you:
“You are complete, peaceful, and fulfilled.
Being complete does not mean we have nothing more to learn, do, be, or become. Being complete means we have the potential to accomplish anything that is naturally a part of the universe.” (The First Element, page 88)