Kirstin: Day one of the first weekend under lockdown. And we are all about the pasta. Also because Tate and Tom had originally planned to go to Rome this weekend to see an exhibition about Carthage which they had to cancel. Obviously.
I know lots of people are really enjoying cooking at the moment. But I am really struggling. I like to plan recipes ahead of time. That’s a bit difficult when you don’t have all the ingredients. I’m also struggling because I can’t concentrate ON ANYTHING. So I’ll be halfway through a recipe and realise I’ve added the wrong thing to the wrong pan. But this is only week one. I’m sure it will pass. I am on this.
One of the benefits of lockdown however is that we are eating more meals together. And I am also trying out recipes on them that I wouldn’t have dared to before. This is one of those.
Tate claims not to like cheese. At all. They asked as they walked into the kitchen (as I was adding the pecorino) if it was cheese. I said of course not. I know them. Cheese is not their thing. Cheese is evil. But I am obsessed with the Cacio e Pepe from Padella. I would eat it day and night if I could. So cooking this for dinner was a bit risky. And indeed as I was rustling it up, putting all the wrong things in the wrong pans, I did worry. That they weren’t going to eat ANY of it. And then what? Did we have something else they could eat instead?
I should also mention how wonderful this recipe is. There are so many incredible little tips. He tells us to use only enough water to cover the pasta to make the pasta water starchier and therefore better for making sauces with. He tells us to use tongs to remove the pasta from the water (I felt like a chef when I did!). Annoyingly though, the recipe is just for 2. Some of the recipes are for 4. You really do have to check with each recipe how many people it is for which is just a tad unnecessary. I mean, really. Interestingly I compared this recipe with the Padella one and I wonder if this one might just be sexier, with the Parmesan crisps, the toasted peppercorns, all that starchy pasta water and two kinds of cheese. I will have to try it out!
Also. They ate it. Pretty much of all of it. Apparently not all cheese is evil.