If you moved far away from home, what is the one food you’d miss more than all the others? Your mother’s baking? That brand of candy local to you? That fast food chain where you spent many hours at as a hang out with friends during high school?
What would be your kryptonite during bad days miles outside your comfort zone?
The comfort of food can be as warm as a blanket being wrapped around a body on a chilly day and evoke genuine happiness.
With London crawling with New Zealander’s, it can be extremely easy to find someone in a similar situation to myself. And yesterday while visiting a co-worker’s desk I found a mine there was a gold mine of goodies from our homeland and all words became lost on me as my gaze couldn’t look but couldn’t look away at the beauty of chocolate hovering at my feet.
So today as she very graciously gifted me a gold wrapped chocolate bar from my favorite company all my stresses dispersed into this bar.
Just like when I get home to dig into this pasta dish that isn’t as heavy in cream as one would imagine. The kale is also cooked long enough to just wilt while still having some fighting spirit within it. If it’s still cold out than this is a perfect dinner to warm and comfort , in fact the lack of pasta on this site shows how little it is consumed in my house and I loved this dish so much I made it twice in two weeks.
Bacon and Kale Creamy Pasta
3 1/2 cups curly kale, stalks removed and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
6 rashers smoked bacon, sliced in strips
1 cup pouring cream
1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
1 teaspoon sea salt
300g fresh tagitelle pasta
Cook the fresh pasta until al dente according to instructions and remove from the heat, do not drain.
Place the onion, garlic, bacon and kale in a deep saucepan on medium heat and cover, stirring every couple of minutes until the bacon is cooked and the kale is beginning to wilt, approximately 7 minutes.
Pour the cream over the kale and bacon, add the cheese then remove the pasta from the warm water and place on top, stir through until well combined and cook until the cheese is melted.