I have to be honest, this week has been terribly busy due to so many things and I have spent no time at home at all that I am starting feeling pretty tired! For the same reason, I spent my Valentine’s night at the restaurant, not so much because it was Valentine’s day – I find it pretty commercial and for me it does not add any value to a relationship, if there’s love Valentine’s day is everyday – but because my fridge being almost empty, the idea of sitting and being well treated looked way more appealing!
Very chic choice, these farfalle with smoked salmon and truffle sauce! I was wondering how I could impress some people that I had invited, but with the things I had in the fridge as it was a last minute invitation, so I just decided to opt for pasta, to start with – I have plenty of pasta at home, as you can imagine, my mom sends me boxes and boxes of it every now and then. Don’t ask why, considering that here you easily find it in any supermarket. Mothers in Italy are very worried and concerned about nutrition, as if I moved into the jungle or in the Sahara and my survival was at stake. I sometimes feel very bad telling her that here we feed ourselves as normal humans and that supermarkets work the same way!
You might think pasta with cheese and eggs is simply a carbonara, but it doesn’t have to be true, let me tell you! Carbonara has a strict identity as I already explained in my recipe, and it requires always the same four ingredients. I am pretty flexible when it’s possible to be – so Italian from my part to say that, I realize that – but I am very careful when it comes to such famous recipes with a very precise identity! Now, even if the recipe I am presenting today can look the same, it is not exactly the case.
Orange chicken is another of my quick solutions when I want to demonstrate how good I am as a cook, but it’s all showing off, because it’s such a simple recipe that you don’t need to have great skills neither special equipment. Nevertheless, it remains a dish that you can use to impress your guests because – simple as it is – it’s exquisite and also classy!
I am experimenting a lot with chicken in general because it is lower in fat than red meat, and even if it also has lower levels of vitamins (iron for example) I eat a lot of vegetables that also contain them AND above all sometimes I indulge in a steak, even if for sure it’s not my favorite food.