Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Failed Carbonara and tight-rope walker on World Trade Center

I love Carbonara. Simple ingredients, creamy goodness. Even though this is a simple dish, it does not mean it is easy. I still don't know how I sometimes make it good and how I sometimes mess it up. This time it was a mess up. Yes, the egg curdled and became like a scramble egg.

I don't use heavy cream for my carbonara. I mix egg and parmesan cheese with black pepper and salt.

Saute Pancetta in a pan.

When pasta is cooked, add them all together with some parsley.

It is very disappointing when you mess up your food... well, the taste was good. I just need more practice I guess. Maybe the heat was too high when I mixed everything together. This time I used real Pancetta. It gives a great flavor. My search for perfect Carbonara will continue...

In my mind, my perfect carbonara is the one from a restaurant called "Osteria" in Palo Alto, California. I love their Carbonara. I dream about it sometimes. The lady I used to live with took me there one day telling me that it is one of her favorite restaurant. It became my favorite restaurant instantly. Every time when I go back to California, I have to go to that restaurant. I don't know how they do it but their Carbonara is amazing!!!!

Anyway, I just finished this book called "Let the great world spin" by Colum McCann. It is a story about very different characters who live in NY. I will not tell its story here because I don't want to spoil it for the people who haven't read it but I liked this book. There are also many sentences which I liked from this book. This book start with a tight-rope walker who walks between World Trade Center twin towers. I did not know about it before but I found out that this tight-rope walker was an actual person who did this in 1974. It is crazy but since it was a successful walk, I guess it remained as a good memory for some people who actually experienced this incident.  If you are interested in this tight-rope walker, here is the link to Wikipedia about his details.

From what I read in Wikipedia, it seems like he did not just walk but also sat and lay on the wire. The book is not about the tight-rope walker but I thought it was a great start to capture NYC.

This book made me think quite a lot. Everyday, anywhere in any city, people lead their lives. Each of them have struggles and life is not fair sometimes but we just have to keep on going. Maybe I like it more because the location of this story was NY. It is easier to connect to the story when you can imagine the places better, I think.

There are many sentences which I liked. I will quote one of the sentences which I thought brilliant to express certain kind of feeling which is difficult to express in one word. This is a quote from "Let the great world spin" by Colum McCann P. 100 "It was like a burglar breaking into his house and trying on his slippers." I thought this was a great way to show this creepy, violated feeling which is difficult to express with words.

This is just one sentence I thought that it is cool but there are so many and some of them are very poetic.

Anyway, if you are interested in this book, here is the amazon link.


  1. Dear Mausi, ur Carbonara looks perfect to me.. Pasta looks inviting..as long as it tastes good its fine with me. BUt I know what you mean..sometimes the recipes go just out of control..(I call it the Murphy's Law - If something has to go wrong it will...) I'm sure u'll have a perfect Carbonara next time..

    Also one of my Blogpal, Malar Gandhi @http://www.kitchentantra.com is hosting an event called, Kitchen Mishaps.YOu could post this entry there. The last day is Jan 15th. I still have to send my entry to her event.

    Please collect the Beautiful Blogger Award from my blog.You deserve it.You are a great blogpal.

  2. Hi Dolly,
    Thank you so much for the award :-) I feel honored. Also, thank you for letting me know about the event. I will check it out later.
    As for Carbonara, I just need more practice to make a perfect one. (This is a good excuse to make Carbonara over and over :-)