Monday, July 19, 2010

WDWW: Carbonara On My Brain


I've had carbonara on the brain for quite some time. See, when I come across an intriguing recipe, I file it in my mental recipe rolodex.  There is a also a mental shoe rolodex, a bag rolodex, and a people-who-annoy-me rolodex.  Unfortunately, the last one is currently overflowing.  What?  I've had a cranky month.

But I've been saving carbonara for a special week.  A week of broken high heels, coffee spilled on white dress shirts, and Don King hair.  And of course, my life did not disappoint.  Last week, I ran to pick up my dry cleaning three seconds before the place closed.  This was a huge victory since the dry cleaner is a surly little man who was literally waiting to slam the door in my face at 7:00 p.m.  I grabbed my dry cleaning and skipped out, relishing winning this round of me vs SDC (surly dry cleaner).  The victory was short-lived because the next morning, I pulled in to work and the second my car entered the parking lot, I spilled coffee on my recently dry cleaned, white shirt.  And somewhere out there, I knew that SDC was dancing a little jig.

With that auspicious start, things quickly went downhill.  The airconditioner at work started spitting out hot air.  In Texas.  In the middle of summer.  Then, the voicemail system broke and when it was finally repaired, I had sixteen voicemails with at least six from the same client.  A client I am almost certain is related to SDC, judging from his sunny disposition.  To top it all off, someone stole my coffee mug.  The one with a hippopotamus on the handle.  As an aside, if you have stolen my coffee mug, you should know it's cursed.  Ok, it's not but you are a grown man or woman and it does not behoove you to use a mug with a giant, cartoon hippo on it.  Only I can pull that off.


There was only one meal for a week like this.  Pasta carbonara.  Garlicky, creamy eggs and (beef) bacon fat coating warm strands of perfectly chewy pasta.  As an aside can I once again proclaim my love for beef bacon?  It shines (with fat) when compared to turkey bacon and I am eating it in large quantities to make up for the past 28 years.  My arteries and I have never been quite so happy.  Aside from being the most comforting meal EVER, it's also quick enough to qualify for a coveted spot in the Weeknight Dinners for the Working Woman (Or Man) series.  On this particular night, I substituted scallions for parsley simply because I had scallions and didn't have parsley.  And trust me, it was best for everyone that I did not stop at the grocery store.  As another aside, has anyone ever gotten into a tiff at the grocery store?  I see the craziest behavior (people cutting in line, eating candy bars without paying for them, leaving refrigerated items in random aisles) and sometimes, it takes all my self control to not go postal.  For the record, the peeps shopping at my grocery store are by and large, larger (hee hee) than me and I'm afraid of being pulverized if I point out that yogurt is not a shelf stable product and you can't leave it amongst the canned soup if you decide you don't want it anymore.


So, I took a deep breath and ate my carbonara while watching Entourage and wishing I was Ari Gold.  I bet Ari would proudly tell grocery store ruffians where they could go.  Then, I ate another bowl of carbonara.


PS: I'm now Twittering.  Oh wait, the hubster just told me it's not twittering but rather, tweeting.  As you can see, this is going to be an interesting adventure for a tech luddite like me.  Follow me @LawyerLovesLnch so you can laugh at my mishaps.  You know you wanna! :)



Spaghetti alla Carbonara


1 pound dry spaghetti
2 tablespoons oil
4 ounces bacon, cut into small strips
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Salt and pepper
1 handful parsley (or a few scallions!), chopped


Boil pasta in the salted water, reserving cooking water to thin out your sauce later.

While pasta is boiling, cook bacon in oil until crisp.  Remove from pan.  Cook garlic in bacon fat until softened.  Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the bacon fat.

Beat the eggs and parmesan together.  Remove pasta from heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble.  Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency.  Season the carbonara with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley (or scallions!).


Adapted from Tyler Florence and the Food Network

35 comments :

Neo-Homesteading said...

looks delicious! I've been thinking about doing carbonara since I saw it on martha stewart, batali I beleive made it. It looked so rich and delicious but I just cant bring myself to consume that many calories in one meal I want to! I have to try it soon.

The regular grocery mart is almost as bad as wal-mart sometimes. I'm still floored at the fact that people go out in their pajamas , not only in their pajamas but at like 4 in the afternoon too. Are they taking a nap as soon as they get home or what?

The Mom Chef said...

::sigh:: My ultimate comfort food. I adore, crave, love, covet spaghetti alla carbonara. Your version looks wonderful too. I do hope you find your hippo. Can't believe someone would take a freakin' coffee mug.

An Open Book said...

bacon with anything is just brilliant..m not that regular on twitter, but following u :)

Heather said...

Mmmmmmmm.....

Gorgeous photos, too!

Pure Mama said...

Ok, you are hilarious! This sounds just like something that would happen to me and although I don't eat meat, this pasta looks fantastic! Also, I too called the 'tweeting' the 'twittering' and my husband, who isn't even a 'tweeter' also made a point to correct me... ah great minds :)

Momgateway said...

...carbonara pasta is simply delicious...tried it with beef bacon....

Monet said...

My my...this reminds me of my summer in Italy. Isn't it amazing what good, hearty food can do after a long and exhausting week? Where in Texas do you live again? My husband and I are moving to Austin in 13 days!
http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com

Isabelle said...

Mmmmm. Pure comfort food!
Sorry you had such a terrible week, but it sounds like you found the perfect pick-me-up (especially if you washed it down with a bottle of red... because that's totally what I'd do after a week like that!)
Also, I hope whoever stole your mug is cursed with a lifetime of spilled coffee on their white shirts. That'll learn 'em.

Jean said...

Thanks for a fun read but at your expense (for having a cranky month).

This is on the top three of my all time favorite pastas--love, love, love! And you did it right by not adding cream, yay! I could eat this everyday, sigh...

~Lisa~ said...

I like rolodexes. hehe Especially mental ones. What better way to release some stress with food.

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said...

A day like that you deserve a good meal! Fat from bacon is the best and so comforting. I don't blame you if you want to finish this dish yourself and ask for me :) It looks so good!

Val said...

I sooo have to find me some beef bacon. It's clearly life altering and essential. I've added it to my mental rolodex of things to do.

Le said...

Haha I hear you on those mental rolodexes! I've got exactly the same list! This looks great :)

Ameena said...

Wow your week sounds...rough. Broken shoes? A rude dry cleaner (I can so relate to that one!)? Don King hair? Welcome to my life. I won't get started on the rolodex overflowing with rude people either.

Carbonara....yum... I can imagine making this for my desi father who would automatically freak out at the bacon (even if it is beef). Despite the fact I don't eat bacon or meat even, he'd still assume I'd actually serve him pork. He still asks pizza places to clean the knife before cutting his pizza, if that tells you anything!

Here's to a better week!

Magic of Spice said...

I might have nightmares about your SDC...and I told you to get a lock on your door:( On the other hand this pasta is fantastic:) And I hope you have a much better week:)

Chow and Chatter said...

oh this looks wonderful what a fun blog you have Rebecca

We Are Not Martha said...

Carbonara is one of the best foods ever ever ever!! Yours looks awesome... And you're totally right that Ari Gold would tell those grocery store people where to go!

Sues

fortheloveofyum said...

Ahhh, the ultimate comfort dish, pasta with creamy eggs and cheese. You've got me intrigued on the bacon thing and carbonara is always something I've wanted to try but never did because of the pork. I haven't seen beef bacon here, where do you get it?

Hyosun Ro said...

Looks delicious!!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Looks incredibly tasty! Nothing better than a big bowl of wonderful pasta. (Helps to comfort you on the cranky days) :)

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Ooh, sorry you've had such a rough week. I bet that delicious, oh so comfort sounding Carbonara made up for everything. I know exactly how you feel about wanting to say something but stepping back because you're afraid of being pulverized. Standing at only 5 feet tall, you can imagine how I felt during my good ol' Adult Basic Education teaching days when I had to question 6 feet tall adult males as to why they didn't finish their homework. Hope you have a much better week!

Joanne said...

I have to say, if anything was going to make you feel better about life...it was bacon. Carbonara is like an ultimate comfort food of mine! So delicious.

I'm sorry about your rough week babe. I can't BELIEVE someone stole your mug. WTF!

Joy said...

Wow carbonara is the shiz, I really love the parm ,eggs and bacon in the sauce. Must...resist..from licking computer screen.

Side note: WHO THE HELL WOULD STEAL A COFFEE MUG?! I am pretty upset only because it had a hippo handle-- cold blooded man, cold blooded. *shakes head in disappointment*

Sanchita Karmakar said...

I love Spaghetti alla Carbonara. I am not so regular on twitter but following you. BTW I think I am your 50th follower so congratulations:). I loved your blog and will come back for more.

Baking Barrister said...

I am SO going to be that person with the weird coffee mug/items in her office. I'd beat someone down if they stole my coffee mug though--so not cool. You should make a missing sign with a picture of the mug and post it around the office.

Can you believe I've never had Carbonara? I have no clue why. Maybe because eggs and I aren't friends. But I don't even think I knew it contained eggs until just now.

Suman Singh said...

oh my..that looks heavenly delicious..feel like grabbing that bowl full of Carbonara and finish it in no time...mmm....will try this out soon...thanks for sharing this...enjoy reading your post...

Ellen@FirednFabulous said...

Whoa, that pic is unreal. Now you've got Carbonara on MY brain! Yummm.

Wheels and Lollipops said...

I like the Rolodex idea :) I had forgotten about cabonara as a quick go to dish , thanks for the reminder. Great photo by the way :) Oh on a laundry note, I had to change dry cleaners because the one that we had always gone to changed owners and the new guy is so the French stereotypical no customer service poster guy

Cooking with Coley said...

This looks like the comfort dish that can turn anyones week around! Mmmmm!

Simply Life said...

oh yum, I can see why you'd have that delicious meal on your mind!

Gina Stanley said...

Carbonara can soothe even the crankiest of beasts! Yours looks fab, I know what I'm gonna be whipping up!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I'm a card carrying member of the TLS (Technological Luddite Sorority) Nice to meet you ;) I think I tweet too....but I'm not sure I'm dong it right. See what I mean? *sigh*

This looks marvellous though I must admit - partially cooked eggs give me the willies. Don't listen to me though - your pasta carbonara is done to a turn!

LisaP said...

OhmygoodnessholycrapYUM!

And why have I never seen beef bacon?! Very good info, this.

*drool*

Susan Bond Immigration Law said...

Wow-I am going to start printing some of these recipes off, utilizing the great farmer's market I have right outside my door, and learn to cook! You make it seem so simple. Did I ever tell you I've caused two kitchen fires while attempting to cook? Or, that if you boil eggs long enough they WILL explode and hit the ceiling?
True stuff.

Anonymous said...

Awesome recipe. I absolutely loved it.
Here's a recipe for Fettuccine Carbonara you may like to try.
http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/fettuccine-carbonara-recipe/
Thanks for sharing.
Jess

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