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The Carbonara debate

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by anon3372, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Our lunch gang had this for lunch today at Sasha's place (posted about him before, the guy who has the wee place next door to work).
    It was delicious (he is great at pasta dishes) but it had cream in it, so we got into the whole debate of whether you could really call it a carbonara (he hadn't on the menu, he is not daft).
    Of course, a real carbonara doesn't have cream in it but with cream it is so yummy and we all tend to still refer to it as a carbonara.
    But none of us knew what an Italian would call it.
    So, who is an Italian specialist and can tell me, so that I can astound my colleagues tomorrow with my encylopeadic knowledge? [​IMG]
  2. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    Just texted my sister-in-law (who is half-Italian) and asked her what she would call it - she has texted back "an insult".
  3. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I put cream in if I have some. If not I don't. Tastes yummy anyway. The only thing I cannot abide are jars of carbonara....you cannot have a jar of carbonara [​IMG]
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  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I put cream in if I have some. If not I don't. Tastes yummy anyway. The only thing I cannot abide are jars of carbonara....you cannot have a jar of carbonara [​IMG]

  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    How the *** did that post twice? [​IMG]
  7. LOL.
    I have never had carbonara out of a jar.
    I did once make the mistake of using a jar of summat or other that you are supposed to make a potato gratin with - as a quickie, so to speak.
    Not only was it no quicker, it was absolutely disgusting.
  8. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    I know! I was giggling away quite merrily to myself.
    She is SO Italian!
    Personally, I don't really like carbonara...S-in-L has tried to convert me many, many times!
  9. I actually prefer it with cream - but don't tell your sister.
    I am not keen on stuff binded (forgotton the posh word - errrrm you know, where you just stir in the egg at the last minute - not scrambled egg!) with egg.
    Gosh, what a weird sentence, hope you can follow it.
    I don't like the Chinese rice with egg in it either.

  10. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Me neither.....but its very existence makes me seethe! Apart from the nonsense of it, carbonara is just so easy to make!
  11. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter


  12. Agreed. It takes longer to open the jar than it does to beat the eggs....
    No cream.
  13. Dunno - in German we say "legiert".
    I am not too keen on it anyway. I love eggs but that kind of thing tends to be very - slimey eggy, if not done properly.
    (oh shudder, I have just remembered a time when a potential boyfriend - ok, more a ONS as it turned out but read on) made me scrambled eggs for breakfast and I don't know how it managed it but there were all these slimey bits in it, pure egg white uncooked streaky bits, like snail trails.
    It was gross.
    That is how he became to be a ONS rather than a soulmate.
    I just couldn't bear the thought of another breakfast with him.
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    But what is in the jar? To be authenic it should be cooked pancetta, onions, parmesan and raw, yes raw eggs.
    It most certainly is not that!
  15. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    CQ, you know English isn't my first language - what the bloody hell is an ONS?!
  16. One Night Stand.
    (but it wasn't intended to be one and we had been dating - but I fled like nobody's business, those scrambled eggs ruined it all).
  17. Lots of chemicals and synthetic stuff and analog meat and aromas created in a test tube.

  18. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    It's like Educating Rita all over again.
  19. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

  20. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    The best carbonara I have ever had was in Brussels (never been to Italy which might explain that!). It came with half an egg shell on the side with a raw yolk in for you to pour onto the hot pasta and mix in. Mmmmm!

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