Sassy Earl Grey (or SEG way, as I like to call her style of cooking and sass). If her witty contributions to the comments section on this site haven’t drawn you to hers already, please do yourself a serious flavour favour and visit now. Well, make sure you don’t have any pressing engagements first, because you could well lose a few hours trawling through all the delicious content she has on offer.
I have a few recipes of hers on my to do list, but I thought I’d start out at the easier end. Carbonara looked straightforward enough, and is, although in doing some for me and Mrs P I had to double the recipe and substitute pancetta for smoked salmon (which allows you to use the rendered fat from the pancetta to fry the shallots and garlic). This was so nice, I made it twice in one day. I’m used to making Carbonara with egg yolks and cream, I’ll happily trade that in for whole eggs and milk. For me the shallots add a sweetness that enriches the flavour of the sauce for minimal effort, and the chilli has a punchy delivery with a smoky pancetta follow through that comforts far beyond the sum of its parts.
After putting up a lot of resistance, Mrs P has finally succumbed to my illness (having to go into work at 10pm last night probably didn’t help). It’s difficult to offer comfort as one normally would, because you both feel a little icky and don’t want to pass your germs on. So in the absence of a proper hug, let this dish wrap its huge, warming arms around your loved one. Try to spare them the involuntary “mmm…. MMMMmmm…MMNNmmm” sounds (accompanied with a little head and shoulder shimmy) that gave Mrs P cause for mild concern. Do that in your inside your head voice.
But do lick the plate, if your loved one is a keeper, they’ll absolutely understand.
Last words from Mrs P after proof reading this post?
“So yummy, I want some more.” (After which I told her to finish off my half, a notion which met with far less protest than usual).