My husband loves to watch the cooking channels, the competitions, the complicated preparations, the exotic spices, the dishes that require a thousand steps before you can eat. I, on the other hand, am the product of my upbringing. I find myself wondering about what they will do with all that food afterward. Does everybody sit down to eat what's been dished out? Do they send it to a homeless shelter or, horror of horrors, do they throw it out? It worries me. It's a worry that often keeps me from trying different types of fancy dishes. I really have to know that it will be edible and that we will actually eat what I have prepared. Otherwise I'm a wreck and trying a new recipe isn't fun. So I tend to stick to what I know: simple, uncomplicated dishes like my mother used to make. The Advent season always brings to mind a dish that my mother fixed on a fairly regular basis for lunch or supper on the meatless days of Wednesdays and Fridays.
Kluski z jajkiem- noodles and eggs.
1.Either cook some noodles or use some left over from some other dish. Make sure the noodles are cold or at room temperature to minimize sticking.
2. Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a frying pan, (I remember Mazola, the TV ads claiming " the goodness comes from maize"), add the noodles and heat through. If you want to get fancy you could fry up (in cooking parlance, caramelize) some chopped onions in the oil and then add the noodles.
3. Break in a few eggs (or as many as will feed four kids) and mix carefully until eggs are cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste.
4. Plate. Sprinkle some parsley or dill on top. Serve green beans on the side. (There were jars and jars of canned green beans from the garden in the pantry.)
And on other days when fasting wasn't on the calendar, bits of sausage or ham were added, depending on what was left over in the Fridgedair. There you have it. No fuss, no muss, no trips to the grocery store needed.
One of the biggest moments in my life was being able to sign for my very own library card. When I'm not reading, researching and writing I'm riding my bike, sewing or gardening. I love flea markets, folk art, and traveling to Poland.