Spaghetti Carbonara.

Thursday 31th March 2011

My wife has a great childhood story about being invited for dinner to a friend’s house.

Spaghetti was on the menu but before she was allow to go, there were certain conditions.

“You do know how to eat spaghetti properly, don’t you?…” Her friend asked sheepishly.

In the mid-seventies spaghetti was relatively new to the average housewife which meant not many people ate it let alone knew how to eat it. Therefore the possibility of there being a right & a wrong way of eating it was confusing to say the least for an 8-years-old kid.

“…because my Dad will get cross if you don’t do it properly.” She continued.

She did end up going for dinner, having convinced her friend that she knew how to eat spaghetti properly but said it was a very tense meal waiting for the father to blow at any point.

When Zeph was younger I used to cut his spaghetti up for him, to make it easier to eat. This method didn’t last long as he wanted to eat it the same way as we did, so I left him to his own devices. It might take him longer to eat it and we run the risk of it going cold in the process and therefore left uneaten, but it stops any chance of an argument.

“Do you know how to eat spaghetti?” I ask him.

“Yeah, you put it on fork…”

“Is that it?” I pushed.

“…and then you swirl it.”

“Sounds good to me. Would you like to mark it out of 10?”

“No, not today.”


1 Onion
200g Bacon
1 Tsp English Mustard
200ml Cream
1 Large Handful of Parmesan
Salt & Pepper
1 Egg Yolk

Dice the onion very finely and fry until soft then add the cubes of bacon to the pan. Season with salt & pepper and add the mustard, parmesan & cream. Separate the yolk from the white and place it on top of the spaghetti and sauce. Break the yolk once served and mix it all together. Yum!

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3 Responses to Spaghetti Carbonara.

  1. Stef says:

    I have only ever had spaghetti with a tomato sauce; never with an egg yolk in the middle of it. I have to admit, I’m not sure I would like it…. But perhaps I may have to get brave one day and try it – maybe.

  2. Mistral Zagni says:

    You make a great carbonara. Everyone was impressed at work when I had the left-overs for lunch! Thanks

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