You may think from this illustration that I finally started the post-Paris diet I’ve been talking about, but that isn’t the cause. I just wasn’t able to choose a single example of “comfort food” for today’s prompt, so I chose the one thing that all comfort foods I enjoy have in common. Here we have a little doodlewash in just two colors (Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep) of a silver spoon. As the temperatures get colder here, this means more of one of my favorite types of comfort food in the form of soup. Really any soup will do as long as it’s not overly thought out and filled with cream. When it comes to soups, simple is best, from squash soup to ones of just puréed mixed vegetables and spices. But soup is just the beginning of the marvelous feats the spoon can perform. It can also dive into a bowl of ice cream or an unexpected bowl of breakfast cereal at supper time!
Since I’ve mentioned that dessert is my favorite dinner food, the spoon is therefore my favorite piece of cutlery. When I’m at a restaurant and order dessert, they’ll often come by with the spoon first, further enhancing my anticipation of the treat that’s coming. If you’re eating with others and feeling generous, of course, there may be more than one spoon that arrives. My favorite cakes are the ones that are moist and delicious, like tiramisu, and those can also be eaten with a spoon. So this little gadget is like a little trophy of comfort for me, signalling some of the best food moments in my life. Without it, I would never have been able to eat my Fruit Loops one loop at a time just to see if each color had its own unique flavor.
As kids, we liked to take a spoon and do the old hang a spoon on your nose trick. You’d take a spoon and rub it on the end of your nose to get some friction going and if all went well, it would stick there. If not, you could also try breathing on it first, but this always seemed like cheating. Looking back, it sounds a bit stupid, but that’s probably why it always made us laugh. And laughter is another form of comfort, which further confirms this utensil’s incredible versatility. Before I break into a love sonnet about a spoon, which would be rather weird and unsettling, I’ll just stop things here. Happy in the knowledge that sometimes, all it takes to warm my heart and make me smile is a spoonful of comfort.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.