|A chilly exploration of Buonvicino, a hilltown above Diamante--everyone was hiding from the windy weather|
I noticed that we don't even have a special category for food so I started one (rather belatedly as I know we have delved into the subject before). First and foremost of the several traits that make us more strange to Calabrians than we would prefer is that I don't like to cook and eating as an art form isn't very high on my list either! I'm not blessed with a metabolism prepared to take that. I'm not oblivious to the fact that our eating life has greatly improved in quality since we moved to Italy--we actively try to keep improving our palates but it's still eat to live rather than live to eat--for me anyway.
Calabrians, however, love nothing more than to talk about food if they aren't actually eating. I have seen nothing brighten our Italian teacher's face more than hearing that we were going to try a recipe we read in class--for Spaghetti alla Carbonara. She told us the whole history of the dish explaining (I think) that it is a simple meal developed by poor folk--maybe coal miners. It is considered Roman, not Calabrian. We liked it because it looked like it could be made simply and quickly. I use the "we" here loosely for all I provided the chef was encouragement and a little help with reading the recipe--Except for special events where my planning skills are required, Guido è il cuoco della famiglia.
|Slowly cook the pancetta in olive oil and a bit of added water for 10 min.|
Ingredients for 4 people:
320 grams Spaghetti
200 gr. Pancetta
80 gr. Parmegiano Cheese
Olive oil, salt, pepper
Doug added oregano, garlic
|Mix grated parmegiano cheese with beaten eggs, add spices|
|Cook spaghetti very al dente and add egg/cheese mixture while spaghetti is hot|
|Serve with your favorite wine--shown here is Doug's new fave, but it's not in stores, only restaurants--we might be able to continue buying it, though. |
It's a combination of merlot and magliocco which is outstanding.
|Our house is in this picture--can you find it? We are the ones eating Spaghetti Carbonara|