Corner Room

About a month ago I was lucky enough to go to Viajante, which (as you can see from my review) was an incredible experience. I was ecstatic that it had set up camp just 10 minute’s from my doorstep, and had already started concocting another ‘celebratory excuse’ to go back…

…So, imagine my absolute horror when I picked up a copy of The Metro a few weeks later which described how “its constituency has tended towards City boys or the wealthier food geek.”

Oh horror of all horrors! As soon as a review makes social generalizations, (no matter how true they might be) it destroys any future, carefree eating experience. The seeds of self-analysis have been sown—no longer is it just a meal, but it’s a statement…. 

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Mediterranean tart

I failed my chemistry GCSE. I don’t understand how magnesium and sodium changes stuff into hydrogen (it probably doesn’t – as I said, I failed – when chemicals are involved, I just don’t get it)…. 

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Using leftover egg yolks: Traditional Carbonara

Making macaroons (or meringues or pavlova) means one thing: lots of left over egg yolks.

It is possible to freeze them. There’s a problem with that though – it means that at some point you have to defreeze them. When I’m rooting about in my freezer I often get inspired by some nice fruit or cut of meat that I forgot was there. I can’t imagine coming across a pot of egg yolks and getting excited though.

It’s best to use the yolks up as soon as possible – but then what to do with them? I suppose there’s mayonnaise or lemon curd or crème brulee. Seeing as it was a Thursday night though, I figured that carbonara might be a lot more practical, especially as I happened to have ends of crème fraiche, cream and bacon that needed using up.

Have a go – it’s a real crowd pleaser….when I made it, the boyfriend wolfed it down in about 2 minutes, and declared that “my cooking’s getting better” – quite the compliment!

Ingredients (for 2 people)
3 egg yolks
50 ml double cream
50 ml crème fraiche
Handful of grated parmesan cheese
2 courgettes
4 rashers of nice, crispy bacon
125 g quick cook spagetti
Lots of black pepper
Lots of fresh thyme

Start off by cutting the courgettes into chunks, and the bacon into strips. Toss the courgette in oil and grind lots of pepper over it all. Pop the strips of bacon and courgette into a baking tray, and put it into the oven at 200°c

When lovely smells start emanating from the oven, mix together the crème fraiche and cream (the amounts of these in the ingredient list were just guide lines – juggle the amounts of the cream or crème fraiche as you please as long as it ends up at roughly 100ml.)

Add the egg yolks, parmesan and lots of pepper to the creamy mixture, and put it in the fridge until you need it.

When the courgette has turned darker, and the bacon is nice and crispy, take it out of the oven.

Boil some water, and put the spaghetti in only when it’s bubbling furiously (otherwise it’ll stick together). Cook the spaghetti to the guidelines on the packet.

Finally, drain the spaghetti, and tip it into the baking tray which contains the courgette and bacon. The tray shouldn’t be very hot, but should still be warm. Tip over the creamy sauce, stir and serve immediately. The heat of the spaghetti, courgette and bacon will gently cook the egg sauce. Enjoy!