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The very first time I heard of Carbonara must have been when I was about eighteen or nineteen years old. I had moved out from my parents house but hadn’t got an apartment yet and was living at a friends place. One day one of my friends suggested he would cook for us, and I was kind of amazed. None of my friends ever cooked something.

Well, we gathered what coins we could find and went down to the local store. Found spaghetti and some bacon, but then we needed eggs. We did not have enough money to buy a whole six-pack (wish is the common way to buy eggs here). So we asked the clerk if we could buy just two eggs.

– I’m sorry sir, he said (with what to us seemed as a smug smile) but you can only get them in packages of six. If you buy one, we can’t sell the other five. Sorry. Can’t do.

– BUT WE ARE MAKING CARBONARA. My friend yelled loudly with a special stress on the word Carbonara. YOU CANT MAKE CARBONARA WITHOUT EGGS!!!!! HOW CAN YOU SUGGEST THAT WE SHOULD MAKE CARBONARA WITHOUT EGGS: THAT’S CRAZY!!!!! THAT’S JUST CRAZY!!!!!

The poor clerk had to give in and we got our Carbonara. I loved it. Now days, every time I cook Spaghetti Carbonara I think of this story.

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Here is how I make this dish:

400 gr spaghetti
2 (whole) egg + 2 (additional) yolk
200 gr (7 oz.) sliced guanciale (or pancetta)
1/2 cup grated salty Italian (preferably Roman) cheese like Pecorino
1/2 cup of white wine
1/2 cup of pasta water

 

Whip eggs, mix in the wine and some of the cheese.
Boil pasta and fry the pancetta. Remove from heat and mix all ingredients.
Add about half a cup of the water used for boiling the pasta.
Stir the rest of the grated cheese and freshly grounded black pepper over it.

It takes five to ten minutes to make and it’s perfect for hungry teenagers. Both 25 years ago when I was young and still today: It’s my son’s favorite. 😉

 

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Pecorino and Guanciale

 

I haven’t posted much lately, I’m too behind in my schedules 😦

However, here are a meme which I got from Lowdenclear. (Thanks for tagging me)

If you could invite your five favorite saints to dinner, what would you serve them to eat, and why?

St Joakim, Father of Mary, are very welcome to join me for a dinner. Since we both are fathers I guess beer and sandwiches would be appreciated. Some good soccer on the television and let him just enjoy some earthly goods. I’d choose Staropramen, a light Czech lager together with “Sillamackor”, sandwiches with Swedish herring, coarse rye bread with lots of butter and different kinds of pickled herring and nice toppings.

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St Barnabas, my patron saint, travelled a lot so I guess he would be tired and hungry and I would serve him something more heavy, like fried pork with onion cream sause, boiled potatoes and peas. A big glass of milk goes well together with that.

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St Bernadette wouldn’t want anything to posh, so I’ll think she would enjoy ham with boiled potatoes and Mimosa salad. I really think she would deserve a treat though… Perhaps I could sneak in some avocados filled with “Skagenröra”, a salad of shrimps, mayonnaise and dill, as a starter? Maybe chocolate for dessert? A nice German Riesling for the salad and a glass of tawny port for the chocolate?

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St Birgitta of Sweden enjoyed a good meal and was used to have large fancy dinners with kings and nobels, but she also had a wurm for simplicity and plainness: Boiled knuckles of pig, with mashed turnips and “Skånsk senap”, a roughly grained sweet mustard from Scania in the south of Sweden. A nice Swedish dish that perhaps would remind her of home. A bottle of the Swedish beer Carnegie Porter, would be nice to drink.

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I’ll guess I have to wait awhile until John Paul II recieves his sainthood, but then I would prepare a nice Pasta dish for him with a nice glass of wine. Pasta is quick and easy to make, and I wouldn’t want to stand in the kitchen cooking when I had such a great visitor. I much rather sit and listen to him. Perhaps Pasta Puttanesca and a bottle of Casillero Del Diablo would be a good conversation starter. 😉

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Ok. Five people to tag: Paula from Receiving light, Marie and Ginny from View From The Pews, Brother Freddie from a A friar style?, and Joeamir11 from The dream of a voyage

Therese I will get to your Meme as soon as I can. 🙂

Edit:

And since I forgot. JustMe from Oh, and… this, consider yourself tagged! 😉