I’m pleased to announce that this is my first guest post! My brother, Scott, is a great cook. He makes his own chicken broth, pita bread, and braided challah bread. Scott is probably a braver cook than me in some ways because I have never dealt with a whole chicken by myself. We had originally thought Scott might post his challah recipe, but it comes from a cookbook, which brings up copyright issues, so he chose to share this meal instead! I hope this will be the first of many guest posts from Scott. Parmesan is not easily available in Laos, but you can get it in Vientiane. You could use the New Zeeland cheddar if you have to, but it won’t be as good. Usually carbonara includes ham or bacon, so add that too if you wish.
Carbonara is mac and cheese’s classy older cousin. It’s a creamy and savory pasta dish with a pepper bite and yet will take perhaps only three or four more minutes than the blue box. I’m not sure about the availability of parmesan in Laos, but the other 5 ingredients or substitutes should be available.
Watermelon juice compliments this dish well, it’s sweet, thirst quenching and puts out the black pepper sniffles. I hear this drink comes from Mexico, but it could be from anywhere. Continue reading