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Published July 20th 2011
It's raining outside and it's the last week of uni holidays- Oh no! Nobody likes being stuck inside but especially not on holidays. But instead of wasting the day away staring wistfully out the window or wondering whether your wallet can bear another trip to the local shopping centre, think about baking up a storm in your kitchen.
Comfort food is a term that first became widely accepted in 1977 when the Websters Dictionary published it. It is defined as food that is consumed to positively pique emotions or to relieve negative psychological affects. It is easy to eat, usually having a soft, warm consistency, and often sparks nostalgia and feelings of well being.
Even for the inexperienced cooks out there, comfort food is easy and relatively quick to prepare. From the simplest canned spaghetti on toast, to a beef pot roast or chicken soup, there is something for everyone.
One of my favourite comfort foods is the chocolate mug cake. It's fast, easy and super tasty. All you need is a mug, a microwave, and a few ingredients you'll probably find lying around at home.
4 Tablespoons of Flour
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Cocoa
3 Tablespoons of Milk
3 Tablespoons of Butter (or Margarine)
1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla or Peppermint Essence
1 Tablespoon of Choc Chips (can be omitted, or exchanged for macadamias, peanuts or m&ms- YUM!)
Mix everything together in your mug, in order of the ingredients above. Try to combine it as much as possible- the butter probably won't mix in too well but don't worry!
Pop the mug in the microwave on HIGH (1000w) for about 3 minutes, or until the cake stops rising.
From experience the cake will get really big and look like it's about to overflow. This is normal, and you'll end up with a big puffy top over the mug.
You can dust the cake with icing sugar and eat it out of the mug, or run a knife around the inside to turn onto a plate and share (but why would you want to?). Best served warm, with or without ice cream.
Remember, comfort food is all about feeling GOOD! So don't feel bad about smothering your cake and ice cream with hot fudge sauce and eating it in front of the TV. Treats every now and then aren't bad for you, but I wouldn't recommend eating this every afternoon!
I really want to disliking you for posting this because now it's all that I'm craving. But I can't because it looks delicious, and it's currently cold outside so I'll definitely be making this tonight.
Looking forward to watching a movie while being rugged up in blankets and eating warm chocolate cake! Thanks :)
By Daniella - senior reviewer Thursday, 6th of October @ 07:58 am