Comfort food can take just about any form and who am I to try to narrow that category? Whatever food makes you feel good and safe and happy is comfort food. There are a few obvious examples of comfort food and my favourite has to be mashed potato.
Being a soft and fluffy food, mashed potato does all of the comforting as soon as you place it in your mouth. Partnered with some good butter and a little milk, mashed potatoes will practically anaesthetise me and I guess you can’t ask anything more of a comfort food.
Why do I need comforting? I don’t, but a good pile of mash on the plate next to sausages will put pay to any winter blues quicker than you can say “onion gravy”. Lucky for me and the other members of my little, greedy family, winter is still doing a sound check and we probably won’t hear the opening bars for a few weeks yet. That said, when N asked for mashed potatoes with our meal, I got a surge of joy at the prospect of seeing my old buttery friend again.
My mum used to mash up carrots with the potatoes in a bid to get another vegetable down the throat of my veggie-hating little brother. We’ve loved carrot and potato mash ever since and I decided to make some (to please my inner child). At the last minute, I realised that we had some coriander that needed to be used up. Before I knew it, I was chopping fresh leaves (and stalks) and mixing them into the creamy mashed potatoes and carrots. Carrot and coriander is a tried and tested combo, so I knew it was a safe bet.
We were delighted with the result and while I don’t think a whole recipe is necessary, I did want to share this mash with you. Coriander is packed full of vitamin C and this was a fantastic opportunity to get some. Go on, give your immune system (and your loved ones) a treat!