A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don?t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
1. Steam potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork.
2. Fry bacon until crispy, strain off fat and set aside.
3. Smash steamed potatoes and add the bacon, onions, cheese and egg and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
4. Form potato mixture into four patties. Put reserved bacon fat into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a touch more cooking oil if necessary. Fry potato cakes until golden and heated through.