I've always wondered if there was a moment when classic combinations of food where discovered, some eureka style moment when back in the mist of history someone decided they'd wack some onion on that liver, or a bored cave-wife threw some mushrooms in with the chicken cooking on the fire whilst her mammoth hunting husband was pondering his cave paintings. Probably not. There seems to be too much synchronicity, the same combinations popping up all over the world in a slightly different context.
Here we have one of my favourite quick fix pasta dishes, penne carbonara, a real carb fix on a cold day; (the temperature here in London is plummeting and it looks like we are due some snow on Friday and Saturday) the mixture of the salty pancetta with the pecorino and egg yolks is the ultimate in comfort food satisfaction especially with a nice fat round Barolo wine. Course, it doesn't beat a fry up on a Saturday morning, but hey, it's as close as they get in Italy.
PS Please note that no cream came any where near this carbonara. The inclusion of such is the devils own pasta sauce.