With another cold week ahead, it's time to stay home, cozy up and eat all the comfort food you can.
If you're looking for completely different recipes than what you're used to, this trip around the world might help you achieve that.
Here are nine comfort food recipes eaten around the world:
The famous Canadian dish is a preparation made with fries, gravy and cheese curds, proving to be an essential comforting dish in Canada. This delicious dish is the perfect snack to munch on while watching your favorite holiday movie, but make sure to use a fork since it's very messy. This recipe will take about one hour of your time and is guaranteed to warm you up during a chilly night. For any potato lovers, poutine could be your next go-to dish.
You can find the recipe for poutine here.
Polish Pierogi (Polish)
If you've never tried a pierogi, you're missing out. These filled dumplings can be customized with savory or sweet fillings and are a perfect comfort dish for the holiday season. Originally associated with Central and Eastern European Cuisine, pierogi have been adapted in many ways but are a major comfort dish in Poland. You can fill your pierogi with potato, cheese, sauerkraut, cabbage, spiced meats or even fruits for a sweet treat. This recipe will take about 30 minutes to make, and can be frozen for easy snacks throughout the coming weeks.
You can find the recipe for homemade Polish pierogi here.
Chicken congee (Chinese)
The ultimate Chinese comfort dish, ji zhou, or congee is a type of rice porridge. An adaptable and easy dish to make, congee is the perfect snack for curling up and watching a movie. This recipe is simple to make but a little time consuming, as the rice takes about one and a half to two hours to make. This recipe is so good that once you've tried it, there is no going back to plain old grilled cheeses.
You can find the recipe for chicken congee here.
If you're looking for a healthy alternative for comfort food, moussaka might be the best meal for you. This Greek lasagna is a comforting and low carb dish that will seriously have you addicted. With eggplant instead of pasta and the usual use of lamb over beef, the Greek dish is a bit more time consuming yet totally worth it. This recipe will take one hour and 10 minutes to make and uses simple ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.
You can find the recipe for Moussaka here.
Hungarian goulash (Hungarian)
Meat lovers will be overfilled with joy when trying this Hungarian goulash. This Hungarian comfort dish is a beef stew with deeply seasoned broth. Perfect for any cold day, this warm comforting meal is guaranteed to warm you up. Pair your goulash with some bread and you'll enjoy your dinner, Hungarian style. This recipe will take up one hour and 30 minutes of your time and will ensure a comforting night in.
You can find the recipe for Hungarian goulash here.
Do you love Indian food? This comforting vegetarian dish is made with rice and lentils and could easily become your favorite comfort food. Although it is a common meal for babies in India, if made correctly, it is deliciously protein packed and nourishing. With so many different versions and adaptations, it can be challenging to make the perfect Khichdi. Using one pot, this recipe will take 55 minutes to make and is the perfect Indian comfort dish to try next.
You can find the recipe for Khichdi here.
Matzo ball soup (Ashkenazi Jewish)
A staple dish on the Jewish holiday of Passover, matzo ball soup is a delicious tasty take on chicken noodle soup. With many benefits and a comforting taste, this soup is the next meal you should make. Matzo balls are Ashkenazi Jewish soup dumplings made from matzah meal and other ingredients. The soup itself is simple to make but the recipe is time consuming. Depending on whether you would like your matzo balls to be fluffy or more chewy, this recipe has all the instructions to make this wonderfully comforting soup.
You can find the recipe for matzo ball soup here.
Classic Nigerian jollof rice (Nigerian)
Although most people are used to eating rice as a side dish, this Nigerian jollof rice will be the main star of your dinner. This spicy rice dish is beloved in Nigeria, south of the Sahara and along the coast of West Africa, so much so that Aug. 22 is considered a holiday for jollof rice. With unimaginable flavors and a colorful look, this rice is guaranteed to comfort everyone in your home. This recipe takes one hour and 30 minutes, and the smell alone will overpower your senses. If you're a fan of rice, this is a must-try.You can find the recipe for Nigerian jollof rice here
Hot chocolate with cheese (Colombian)
We know what you're thinking. Chocolate and cheese, together? As strange as it sounds, this comforting snack is a staple in many parts of Colombia. The sweetness of the chocolate with the savory cheese pairs perfectly together for a wonderful evening delight. Easy to make, unique and filled with intense flavor profiles, this take on hot chocolate could become your favorite snack ever. Pair this recipe with a slice of bread for an afternoon snack or curl up on the couch for a tasty way to warm up and get cozy.
Whether you're interested in international cuisine or looking to spice up your cooking skills, these international dishes are perfectly comforting during a cold week in Austin.
Head to @austonianews on Instagram at 6 p.m. Wednesday where Austonia's Isabella Lopes will recreate one of these mouth-watering recipes on IG stories.
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Chesa Boudin and José Garza share the rare handle of “progressive prosecutor”—Boudin in San Francisco and Garza in Austin.
Former public defender Boudin was voted out by nearly 60% of voters on Tuesday, after being elected by a slim margin in 2019 with a platform of police reform, criminal justice reform and addressing racial inequality. His opponents argue his policies threaten public safety.
As Travis County District Attorney Garza remains in office, halfway through his four-year term, he is so far silent on Boudin’s landslide defeat. Repeated calls to the D.A. by Austonia for his comment were not returned as of publication.
Boudin’s stances closely reflect fellow progressive Garza’s platform
Garza and Boudin have a similar track record: Both have received endorsements from progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT; serve progressive cities; believe in holding law enforcement accountable and have been criticized for not being tough enough on criminals.
During his tenure, Boudin eliminated cash bail, reduced the prison population and brought nine criminal conduct cases against officers for misconduct.
Likewise, Garza obtained indictments of five Austin police officers, two sheriff’s deputies, an assistant county attorney and a sheriff on charges including tampering with evidence and murder. Distrust between Garza and Austin police is at a high level.
But there are key differences
San Francisco is facing three major types of crime: Murders, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts have increased significantly since 2019. While a report by KXAN last October showed Austin shared a “sizable jump” in homicides in the past 18-24 months, the homicide rate remains at 7.69 per 100,000, which is lower than both Dallas and San Antonio.
San Francisco’s housing crisis doesn’t seem to be improving and neither does public perception of the expanding homeless population, but since Austin reinstated the camping ban in May 2021, the housing crisis has leveled off locally.Plus, while Boudin narrowly scooted by in his election, Garza topped opponent Margaret Moore by 3%, followed by 68% in the runoffs and 70% of the votes in the general election in 2020.
What the opposition is saying
The Austin Police Association took notice of the San Francisco election, and the similarities that Boudin and Garza have shared. APA president Ken Casaday told Austonia the results were not surprising to him.
“San Francisco citizens became tired of the lack of prosecution of cases,” Casaday said. “The APA plans on allowing the citizens of Austin to make the decision on how to handle our D.A. After all, he was voted in by the citizens just like D.A. Boudin was two years ago.”
Casaday continued, “D.A. Garza is no different than Mr. Boudin. They were funded by the same people to do what they’ve done. In fact, Mr. Garza has never prosecuted a case in his life which makes it tough to understand the complexities of prosecuting cases.”
Austonia reached out to the office of congressional candidate Greg Casar and Judge Andy Brown, as well as organizations that have endorsed Garza, including Austin DSA, Black Austin Democrats and the Austin Justice Coalition but was not able to hear back for comment at the time of publication.
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