A shepherd’s pie pulled straight from the oven, bubbling at the seams like molten lava. A freshly made miso soup that tastes as clear and clean as a wind chime. A mountain of spätzle so rich and cheesy that it puts Macauley Caulkin’s performance in Richie Rich to shame. Comfort food is the food that we turn to when we’re in need of a warm and satisfying stomach hug. Because we're all individual people with our own wants and needs, your comfort food is usually a very personal thing and it’s rare that one person’s comfort food will be exactly the same as someone else. Even identical twins might have a completely different dish they cook when they're feeling blue.
“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” – that’s a quote from French lawyer, politician, and famed eater, Brillat-Savarin. Although Brillat-Savarin dropped that bar in his seminal work, The Physiology of Taste, which was published in 1825, I don’t think it’s a statement that has lost any of its prescience today. I genuinely believe that finding out what someone loves to eat is a great way of getting to know them. It's why having a date that involves some sort of food is a good idea before you decide to go steady with someone. You wouldn't want to accidentally end up in a relationship with someone that doesn't eat vegetables now, would you?
In order to get to know my colleagues better – and in order to celebrate the existence of our Comfort MOB cookbook – I decided to go round the houses in Mob and ask our talented members of staff what their favourite comfort foods are. Here are Mob’s favourite comfort foods.