Chloe Cooks | Spaghetti Carbonara

Chloe Cooks | Spaghetti Carbonara

Yes today we are back with another cooking post and this being the first one which isnt muffin related, yay! So I thought I would start off with something easy being a spaghetti carbonara.

After going out for dinner in London last week at Vapiano’s  in oxford circus (check them out, they are soo good), after eating the best carbonara I think i’ve ever had I was inspired to try and cook my own. Now I can’t this quite holds up to theirs (what their chefs can do just makes my mind boggle) but if you are a lover of pasta and Italian food in general this is a great easy, cheap and tasty alternative.

Now I know with it creeping into the summer months many of us are ditching the hearty carb heavy dishes in favour of salads and lighter dishes however I think theirs room for a good pasta somewhere (how their isn’t a spec of Italian blood in my I don’t know.)

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Ingredients: (for 4 people)

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g smoked Pancetta 
  •  cubes or streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 eggs
  • 75ml double cream
  • 50g Grana padano or Parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve

 

Method 

  1. Cook the spaghetti. Bring a large, deep pan of salted water to the boil. Plunge spaghetti into the water, stir well and cook, following pack instructions.
  2. Fry the pancetta. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. When hot, tip in the pancetta or streaky bacon. Fry over a medium heat until the fat in the meat has melted down into the pan and the meat has turned lightly golden. Be careful not to crisp the pancetta too much; it will be cooked a little bit more later on in the recipe. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce. Crack 2 of the eggs into a mixing bowl. Separate the yolk from the third egg: gently crack the side of the shell and, using both hands, slowly open it into two halves over a separate bowl – you want to keep the yolk in one of the halves. Tip the yolk from one shell half to the other and repeat until all the egg white has fallen into the bowl below, taking care not to crack the yolk on any rough shell edges. Tip the yolk in with the other eggs and beat together, along with the cream, the cheese and some seasoning.
  4. Combine the dish. Add garlic to the pancetta and return frying pan to hob. Fry over high heat for 1 min or until garlic is cooked and pancetta warmed through. Meanwhile, drain spaghetti. Tip back into the hot saucepan off the heat. Pour egg mixture over pasta, followed by hot pancetta, garlic, any fat and oils. Toss quickly and thoroughly with spaghetti spoon or tongs. Mix until it has thickened to a smooth, creamy sauce. Serve with extra cheese and freshly ground pepper.

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Chloe Cooks | Easter surprise chocolate muffins

Chloe Cooks | Easter surprise chocolate muffins

How is it easter already? I’ve only just managed to pack all the tinsel back in its box and finish off the quality street. With the season of chocolate eggs now upon us I thought it only right to honour this with my own chocolate based recipe. Been as it seems the only thing I can bake muffins it is again however these aren’t just any old muffins, these are surprise muffins!

Now I hear you all say, “Chloe, what is it that makes these surprise chocolate muffins”, well I shall tell you. With being as nutty about Nutella (couldn’t resist) as I am I couldn’t no include it as a nice gooey surprise when you bite into!

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INGREDIENTS  (to make 12 large muffins) 

2 1/2 mugs of self raising flour 

1/2 mug of drinking chocolate

1 mug of brown or white sugar 

2 eggs 

1 1/2 mugs of milk 

3/4 mug of vegetable oil 

Nutella

Paper cases and muffin tin (stripy muffin cases from T K Maxx)  

RECIPE 

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees fan oven/200 degrees/ Gas mark 6 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the ‘wet ones’.  
  3. Fill a case half full of mixture and add a small dollop of Nutella into the centre. Then fill up rest of the case with cake mixture.  
  4. Bake them in the oven for 20/25 minuets depending on the size of you muffins.  

Simple! 

TOP TIP! 

  • best served warm for a melty middle :) 

 

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(quickly tried to take this photo so the Nutella wouldn’t spill on my beautiful paper :P ) 

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