My dear, sweet friend was sitting on her kitchen floor crying and I was sitting down there with her as I watched our combined six children playing just outside the side door. Her marriage was falling apart. Looking back I think we both must have known it, but the idea was too awful to admit to ourselves quite yet. And so she sat and cried and I sat next to her feeling helpless.
I desperately wanted to wave a magic wand and fix everything, but I couldn't. I'll never tell you to medicate someone else's problems away with food, but sometimes there's nothing else to do. Sometimes offering a plate of food says, “I can't make this go away, but I love you.”
So I started hunting around her kitchen looking for some kind of yummy treat to offer her. This gal had one of the healthiest kitchens I'd ever been in! Not a cookie or potato chip in sight. Her cupboards were stocked with healthy ingredients and there was no “comfort” food to be found. So I began pouring ingredients into a bowl, trying desperately to create something that would make these awful, grown-up problems go away.
I poured and stirred and created something that didn't look very good, but tasted wonderful! It's a recipe that has since become a favorite in both our homes.
“What is that?” she asked with a wrinkled-up-nose when I offered it to her.
“It's my special secret recipe for Carob Stickie.” I told her.
She laughed at me through her tears. “You're ridiculous,” she said (which is best-friend-speak for “I love you.”)
“I know.” I said (which is best-friend-speak for “I love you, too.”)
And we sat on the kitchen floor and ate up every last bit of that carob stickie before those six children could come inside and ask if they could have some too! And then we made it again the next day and shared some with them! (And we might have made it the day after that too, and for several more days in a row, but my lips are sealed. I'll never tell.)
- nut butter (or sunflower butter)
- Put a good sized scoop of peanut butter in a bowl.
- Pour a scoop of carob powder (roasted tastes best!) into the bowl. The more carob you add, the darker your carob stickie will be.
- Pour as much honey as you'd like over the whole concoction.
- Mix well, then eat up!
- That's all there is to it, girls!
Do you have a special comfort food that you eat when your children aren't looking? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! If the recipe is on a blog somewhere, leave the link in the comments!