Thank-you to everyone who has offered my support at this time, it is lovely to know that there are so many people out there thinking of me and my family, you are all wonderful! Well, my break from blogging ended up being a little longer than I anticipated. February was definitely not the greatest month of my life, that is for sure!
Some of you might remember Bluey, the tough little fish that survived the heater malfunction massacre in my tropical fish tank. Unfortunately, mid-February he started acting strangely and towards the end of the month I had to move him to a quarantine tank. He was very skittish and started swimming upside-down and bumping into things. I knew there was nothing that could be done for him, but he was a trooper. It pained me to see him like that, I even came close to using the euthanasia techniques that are mentioned in the fish care book that I have, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Eventually he passed on to fishy heaven to go join his girlfriend Lemon and all his friends that didn’t survive the massacre. RIP Bluey, you sure were a tough little fish!
Also, my boyfriend Chris & I broke up after almost 4 years of being together. Not quite as life-changing as the passing of my father, but the timing of it all compounded everything. We had our problems for a long time though, we were just very different people but it was always little things. However, when little things build up over time it starts to become obvious that it just won’t work out.
As if that wasn’t enough to catch up on, I now have a new boyfriend – Aaron – who is really lovely and sweet. He added me on Facebook because we went to primary school together, but to tell you the truth I actually don’t remember him from then all that much! Anyway, last week I decided to shake off all the stress and everything that has been keeping me from cooking and conjure up some cooking mojo to impress him. He loves pasta and I was tossing up between Lasagne and Carbonara until I found out that Carbonara was his favourite dish. This one is usually my brothers forte, but I knew I could take it on!
The recipe is adapted from Margaret Fulton’s book of Pasta & Pizzas. I’m sending this one over to Ruth at Once Upon A Feast for this weeks Presto Pasta Night! (Yes I am finally back Ruth!) I know it isn’t anything innovative or creative, but it is a tried and true classic. It isn’t exactly the healthiest dish in the world either, but right now I think some fattening comfort food is exactly what I need!! It’s all up from here….
Fettuccine Carbonara (Serves 4-6)
Cook 500g fettuccine according to packet directions, drain thoroughly and return to the pan. Fry 125g chopped short rasher bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels. Add to pasta along with 60g butter & 3 crushed garlic cloves. Beat together 3 eggs, 2/3C double cream, 3/4C grated mature cheddar cheese, 1/2C grated parmesan cheese & 1tsp dijon mustard, season with salt & pepper and add 1Tbsp thyme & 1Tbsp parsley. Pour mixture over pasta and stir over gentle heat until the sauce is creamy and cheeses are melted. Do not boil as this will scramble the eggs. Serve immediately topped with more parmesan cheese.
I will be getting back into my Cookbook challenge this week, so look out for a recipe from Donna Hay’s ‘Off the Shelf’ soon. I hope you are all having a great Easter break and enjoying some precious time with friends and family – Happy Easter