Here's a carbonara recipe I adapted for them, which they find easy to follow. The changes I made to the recipe have also been clarified for them, eg - "Why do you use more oil than the recipe says, mum?" "Because we're Cretan."
- "Can we still make this if we don;t have pancetta?" "Yes, we have other similar local ingredients."
- "Can you really make this recipe using fewer eggs?" "Of course. You just did."
Don't forget that kids like numbered steps.
To make a Greek carbonara, you need 250g spaghettini
some olive oil
a few slices of Cretan bacon (known as apaki), about 3 per person (12 pieces)
2 garlic cloves (they like to hear the sound of the papery peel crushing against the pressure of the knife)
1 packet of cream (make sure it says '100% Greek' on the packet - FAGE produces it)
half a cup of grated cheese
salt and pepper
1. Put the spaghetti in a large pot with water and let it boil for 10 minutes.
2. Heat the oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and crushed garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring every now and then.
3. While the bacon and spaghetti are cooking, beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the cream, cheese, salt and pepper, and mix everything well. Don't forget to watch the bacon and pasta!
4. When the spaghetti is cooked, switch off the element and drain it very well in a colander. Then put it back into the same pot.
5. When the bacon is ready, switch off the element. Pour the bacon into the spaghetti and mix it in well. Then add the egg mixture and mix that in well too.
6. Serve the spaghetti hot.
English is a very important language in the world so I'm thankful I know it myself and can pass it on to my children. Although I learnt foreign languages at school, it was at a time when the world was very white: we were learning French and German in New Zealand, along with Latin. All very useful for making an interesting person out of you, but not so useful in preparing you to enter the New Zealand job market, not even in those days. I now can't imagine a world where Chinese or Arabic isn't being learnt. I've bought some material for my children to start learning Chinese. Now all I need is to learn it myself...
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