I’ve visited several Eastern European countries, but Poland is still on my wish list. Luckily, we have a great Polish restaurant in Canberra, so I have been exposed to the cuisine, but never in the country.
Zuza Zak opens her book with a chapter about the cuisine, dishes across the centuries, seasonal produce and popular ingredients in Polish cooking.
Page 32 has a common ingredients—eggs—and incorporates one of my other favourite ingredients—onions.
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 onion, finely chopped
splash of milk
pinch of sweet paprika
salt and white pepper, to taste
Melt the butter in a large frying pan (skillet) and add the chopped onion. Cover the pan and cook over the lowest possible heat for about 15 minutes.
For the final 7–8 minutes remove the lid and stir occasionally, seasoning with salt and white pepper near the end of the frying time. The edges should crisp up slightly, but not char, as this will make your scrambled eggs taste bitter.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs with a splash of milk, a little bit of salt and a pinch of paprika.
Finally, pour the eggs over the onion and fry over a low heat, stirring almost continuously for the final 3–4 minutes that it takes to get the scrambled eggs to the consistency you prefer. Serves 2.
How it played out
Poor John is an early riser and often has breakfast before I get up. So this morning, I made this just for me, using 2 eggs and half an onion. I shortened the cooking times just a little, and everything came together as the recipe described.
I love eggs and onion and butter and milk and paprika, so it’s no surprise that I loved this recipe. While I savoured every bite, I was surprised by how much the sweetness of the onion came through. Lots more than any other onion recipe I have made.
You can be sure I’ll make this again. If he’s lucky, I might even get up early and make it for Poor John too.
Cooking is always part of our overland travels. We camp and take it in turns to cook. Onions, tomatoes, potatoes and eggs are the most common ingredients to be found. Here’s a link to a post about cook groups.