Laura’s/Delia’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara

This post is dedicated to my good friend Laura Whiskerd

She lives far away now, well, London.  But it’s further than Boisfort – and miles away from Rue Archimede that’s for sure.

Laura came into my life in the autumn of 2007 – she knew Clare Appleby when they played hockey together several years before.

I knew Clare because she used to drink in a pub that I worked in, then one day we ended up doing a pub quiz together, winning (of course) and deciding to go back to play hockey.  We joined the club that Laura played in and the rest is history.

Our relationship grew to such an extent that our significant others at the time began to to get un peu… irate… that we wanted to spend more time with each other than them. It turns out that our relationship lasted longer anyway so perhaps they were wiser than we thought at the time.  This is us through the years…

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Anyway, this blog is supposed to be for me to gather together recipes of dishes that I have made and liked, so that I remember to someday make them again.  If you had told me 2 or 3 years ago that I would be putting up one that Laura gave me, it would have seemed unlikely.

Food and Laura in my mind used to equal this:

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That’s what she would usually arrive to your house with, or have in her bag.  Now that I look at it – it’s all very… beige.  She’s lucky we didn’t spot that at the time, she might have been labelled as being beige in other aspects.

Then came the day that we were invited to dinner in her house, I think it was to mark her departure to London.  She produced a delicious Lasagne for us.

From scratch.

It was a sign of things to come, I was in London last week and she had prepared a fancy looking salad for her lunch the next day. There was tupperware. And dressing. Who was this person?  I would say it could be partially due to a certain man in her life who she is inspired to cook for, though I’ve also seen her flatmate/brother cook himself up some form of fancy things, I nosed about their cupboards – there was all sorts of ‘ingredients’.  Things happen in that kitchen….

It’s obviously paying off, because she looks amazing, one might even say she is glowing (not in a pregnant way).

She sent me this recipe, and I made it last night.

I know it’s super simple and takes less than 10 minutes to make but it was delish – and I must say (proudly) it was my very first Carbonara 🙂

Ingredients

  • 8oz (225g) dried spaghetti
  • 50z (150g) sliced smoked pancetta – I couldn’t find any so used half a pack of bacon and some chorizo I had leftover – they worked a treat
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 extra yolks
  • 4 tablespoons Pecorino Romano, finely grated, plus extra to serve (I used parmasan)
  • 4 tablespoons double cream
  • little olive oil
  • freshly milled black pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta for 8-10 mins (or according to the packet) in boiling salted water with a dash of olive oil
  2. Fry the pancetta until it’s crisp and golden (about 5 minutes)
  3. Whisk the eggs, yolks and cream in a bowl and season generously with black pepper then whisk in the cheese.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain it quickly in a colander, leaving a little of the moisture still clinging.
  5. Quickly return it to the saucepan and add the pancetta and any oil in thepan, along with the egg and cream mixture.
  6. Stir very thoroughly, so that everything gets a good coating – the liquid egg cooks briefly as it comes into contact with the hot pasta.
  7. Serve in hot deep plates with some extra grated cheese.

Ta daaaaa!

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Thanks Laura for the tip, also for the last 6 years of being a great friend, here’s to many more …..

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