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Returning home was also a warm feeling that was comforting.
It will do no good to ignore the tensions between these constructions any more than we can hear the comforting image of the nursing mother while ignoring the wrath promised against the enemies of the Lord.
This staple of the British table, ground meat (often leftovers), with carrots and leeks (or onions and peas) topped with mashed potatoes and baked, is about as homey and comforting as a dish can get.