I had laid my hands on a nice piece of smoked salmon. That is, I had fallen victim of subtle retailing tactics. I am a sucker when it comes to buying good food. “Something around one and a half kilos?” Lisa, she of George’s Fish Shop, had suggested to me. Not wanting to look mean or less than masculine, I of course, accented.
A week later, we already had smoked salmon and brown bread, smoked salmon salad and smoked salmon and poached egg. So I needed to do something different to avoid attracting the ire of the Wife for getting such an over-large side of salmon. Given my previous carbonara attempt using lactose free cream and enough pasta to feed an army, I thought I would try to redeem myself by cooking this quick, easy recipe. Quick, that is if you are not trying to photograph the proceedings. Easy, if you are not making it up as you go along…
Se here’s my recipe for Simple Smoked Salmon Carbonara. The list of ingredients is pretty short so here you go:
- About 150 gms of best quality smoked salmon
- 2 free range eggs beaten seasoned with loads of black pepper and a little salt
- A generous handful of grated parmesan cheese
- A generous handful of chopped parsley
- 100 gms of flour, a drizzle of excellent olive oil and an egg for making the pasta.
First, cut fine slices of smoked salmon. To do this, you will need a very sharp knife and a good eye. I can confidently tell you that I have one of the two.
Next, make the pasta. I have shown you this before, so there is little need for detailed explanations. Also, I don’t have the time to get into explanations, she wants to be fed quickly.
When finished, wrap the dough in cling film and pop it in the fridge for half an hour. Then boil a big pot of water. While this is coming to the boil, break the pasta into suitable size pieces and put it through the pasta machine.
At this stage, the Wife wants feeding. Thankfully, there is only ten minutes to go.
I had to give up my chair to the pasta hanging.
Nowhere to sit. So I decided to buy some time by pouring a glass of wine. This little something was chosen because it was the only one in the fridge and also because it would go with the dish.
Next boil the pot of water, add the pasta and cook for a couple of minutes. Drain it and put it back into the hot pot. Add the whisked egg and stir it for a bit until the egg is nearly cooked. Then add the salmon, parmesan and parsley. Stir it well and then serve it to yourself and the hungry Wife (not in that order).