Local Heart, Global Soul

July 6, 2011

Proudly Going Solo with Tagliatelle Carbonara…

Filed under: FOOD,Kids and Family,LIFE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Kiwi Daughter decided that she wanted to make dinner for  the whole family a few weeks ago. She had been helping  out making various meals before but that usually meant doing the nice bits like cutting the shapes out with the biscuit (cookie) cutters and rarely being involved in the actual mixing, rolling out,  cooking or washing up phases of the process.

This time she aims to do not only the meal but also a dessert as well, and has spied some recipe cards from a set that she picked up at a book fair several years ago but at the time  never got further than one of the sweets (candy) recipes in the set.

Here is the result: Kiwi Daughter’s very first solo recipe …under the watchful eye and  little help on the stove by her new sous chef   (a.k.a. Himself).  The recipe is for Tagiatelle Carbonara  and  makes enough for 4 servings.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 teaspoon olive oil
150g (5oz) streaky bacon
2 cloves of garlic
1  1/2 tablespoons olive oil
50g parmesan cheese (grated)
3 eggs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons cream
pinch fresh ground pepper
350g  (12 oz) dried tagliatelle pasta
water (to boil pasta)


Add 1  1/2 tablespoons of olive oil to a fry pan and fry off the bacon and garlic so that they are cooked but not too crunchy. Drain off the excess fat and add the chopped parsley.

In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, cream,  half of the cheese and the pepper.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook tagliatelle pasta until “al dente”  per the directions on the packet.Once cooked, drain off the water.

Combine the egg mixture with the hot pasta and the heat of the pasta will cook the eggs. Mix well until the eggs are cooked (only takes a minute or so) and then add the bacon mixture.

Serve immediately with the remaining parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

YUM!  We are having this again soon! it’s delicious and not only is Kiwi Daughter justifiably proud of her effort, but I am pleased to see that my picky eater has grown up enough to include the parsley and garlic without screwing her face up at the thought and then moaning at length at their inclusion. (the bacon does tend to end up on the bottom of everything though, so sorry the photo isn’t better)

Even Little Mr (still fussy) was enticed enough by the appearance of bacon (and hunger of waiting longer than normal dinner time) to not moan too long  about the parsley.

Well done my Daughter!  I am very proud of you! … not only was your first solo effort a success, but you also have been inspired to do this more regularly. As a Foodie Mama, you  made my day.

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