[Sca-cooks] Pasta Carbonara and Eggs Benedict

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo dama.antonia at gmail.com
Wed Dec 23 01:48:54 PST 2009

Stefan li Rous wrote:
> Okay, many of us have heard Adamantius' rant about Caesar Salad 
> Dressing and Alfredo Sauce, but I'll volunteer to (briefly) stick my 
> head out from behind this six inches of reinforced concrete and ask 
> "What is the problem with pasta carbonara and eggs Benedict? And what 
> are each of these supposed to be like? I think I like, at least, pasta 
> carbonara.
> I'm assuming there aren't any dishes like these in medieval menus.

They're just terms that people misapply with gay abandon. 

Pasta carbonara *should* be pasta with eggs, guanciale, and pecorino 
romano cheese, (or some slight variations) but in New Zealand, the name 
has been so badly misused for so long that people here mostly think it 
means pasta with cream and mushrooms.

Eggs Benedict means split toasted muffin topped with ham or bacon, 
poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.  People misuse the term to describe 
several other things, making substituions willy-nilly.  A split bagel 
with poached egg, salmon, and rocket, for example, is not Eggs Benedict.

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo

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