Friday, January 20, 2012

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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 √® 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
4 eggs
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


  1. "all I provided the chef was encouragement and a little help with reading the recipe"
    A very important part! :-)
    About your house... I'm not sure. Will you solve the riddle?

  2. Doug I sent you a message and a friend request on you facebook account and here is the story of why it is from Jordan Elliott: I typed my name into Google and was rather surprised by the information that was so readily available with a click to the keyboard. My name, age profession and several Facebook connections. One of the Facebook links connected to my wall instead of the setting that I had it on which was "Roseann doesn't not share her information with everyone." I have been frustrated with staying one step ahead of the constant changing of settings in order to remain private within Facebook and this was the last straw, so I closed my account. This may seem silly but I decided to make it fun and reopened an account under the pseudonym of Jordan Elliott. Still want to be friends and read your post!

  3. Thanks for the comments, guys. I'm sure Doug will figure it out, er, Jordan.
    Michelle, all I can say is that it's on the "edge" just like us.



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