When the time comes and I incredibly miss my Mum, times where I feel like packing all my stuff and going back to Poland I cook something that brings me just a tad closer to home. I don’t really like does days, they are not the greatest times ever but they happen. From time to time, but still. I’m sure everyone who decides to make a home in different country far from friends and family, can relate to it.
When I have a bad day like this I’ll always cook something that reminds me of the good old days when I was just a small kid, running around my Nan’s kitchen pretending I’m actually going to help her make dumplings when in fact the only thing I wanted was to eat some of the gorgeous creamy potato and cottage cheese filling my grandma used for stuffing. I have a couple of my “comfort dishes” which I cook only when I’m feeling low and this is one of them.
It’s a very simple and frugal dish made with delicious crumbly Polish cheese called “twaróg” which is available in almost any big supermarket that stocks Polish food, delicious crispy smoked bacon and my favourite of all times – caramelised onion! If you wish to go for vegetarian option, skip the bacon and double the amount of onion, promise it will taste equally good!
What’s your favourite childhood dish?
Polish cottage cheese (“twarog”) with bacon and caramelised onion
(serves 2 – 4, depends how hungry you are)
- 2 cups of any type of pasta (uncooked)
- 200 g Polish cottage cheese (called: “twaróg”), crumbled
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 200 g smoked bacon cubes
- 1 tbsp butter
- pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
In a medium saucepan bring water to boil, add a pinch of salt then add the pasta, cook for as long as required (check the package for guidance). In the meantime in a large pan melt 1 tablespoon of butter, add chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent, over medium heat, stirring from time to time. Add in bacon cubes and cook until bacon is throughly cooked and crispy. Drain the pasta, place it in a large bowl then set aside. Once onion and bacon are cooked, add them to the pot with pasta, sprinkle with crumbled cottage cheese, season to taste with salt and pepper, mix until all ingredients are combined. Serve hot or cold, tastes equally good then next day*.
*I took it for lunch to work so if you decide to do the same – make sure you do not overheat it as the cheese will melt and the dish will lose its texture.