January 31, 2012

Lifestyle: Munch Mondays – Smoked Mackerel Carbonara

Another Monday (well almost, soz) and another dead easy recipe for you to cook. This one is even simpler than the Chilli and much quicker so if you somehow manage to fuck this up then it’s safe to say you shouldn’t even be allowed within 10 feet of a pair of safety scissors let alone dangerous elements such as fire. Now it’s also a bit of a two parter as well, Carbonara sauce is sooo easy to make but also dead cheap in the shops so it’s up to you what you wanna do (bearing in mind the ones in the shop almost always come with bacon in them already, wont work for this recipe unless you fancy a bit of surf and turf.) For the sake of it I’m also gunna tell you how to make the sauce. So first off to make the sauce you will need:

1 teaspoon of olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
2 egg yolks (at room temperature)
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1/2 cup double cream
75g of (now you should use parmesan cheese for this but I doubt some of you can even pronounce that word so short of reading a book just use cheddar instead), finely grated

To make it you should:
1. Heat oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the garlic after crushing and chopping it, the smaller the better, then cook for 5 minutes constantly stirring it and take off the heat.
2. Whisk egg yolks, eggs, cream and three-quarters of the parmesan (or cheddar if you hate Italy) together in a bowl and add some salt and pepper.
3. Put it to one side along with your childish sense of accomplishment (wow you managed to whisk some shit together!!!)

Now for the actual bulk of the meal you will need (Serves 4):
500g of spaghetti
400g of smoked Mackerel
Bit of butter (or oil if you don’t have any)
Carbonara sauce

To cook it you should:
1. Boil the spaghetti for however long it says to on the packet, drain it, and put it back in the same pan OFF the heat.
2. While the spaghetti’s boiling get rid of the skin off the Mackerel and break it up into pieces, remove any bones, and fry for a few minutes in the butter.
3. Now throw the fried Mackerel and the sauce that you made earlier or brought from the shops into the pan with the still hot spaghetti, mix and serve.

Like I said earlier if you managed to fuck this up then you may need serious help. If you haven’t fucked it up then well done you’re a functioning member of society now eat it and be filled with spaghetti and fish as well as a warm feeling of success.

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