If only we could send aromas over the internet. Slow cooked lamb shank casserole with garlic, onions and gai lan greens in cooking sherry filled my apartment with tantalizing, mouthwatering, complex aromas. '

Garlic, onions, ginger, sherry and a soupçon of cinnamon - the air is redolent with these scents and the underlying base of lamb.  This casserole has been simmmering for ten hours in the slow cooker and I inhale deeply as I enter  my apartment. The scented air envelops me like a warm blanket and I feel the tensions of the day slipping out the door behind me. This is comfort food indeed.