My Pasta Carbonara Recipe

About three and a half years ago I met my mother in law for the first time and she introduced me to real Italian pasta carbonara. A love affair began between me and this simple delicious dish. I quickly learned her recipe and tried out a few other ones along the way. After much experimenting and tasting, I came up with what is my ideal carbonara and I’m sharing this recipe with you! I’m sure as you try it out, you too, will begin experimenting and come up with your ideal recipe. So without further ado, here is the recipe!

(Please note, I made a half recipe in the pictures)

Assemble your ingredients.


Cut up the bacon in small pieces and cook in frying pan. I like to cook for longer at a low temperature to avoid splatters. You can also put your pasta water on to boil now as well.


Measure out your Parmesan cheese, separate your yolks and mix together.






Add some pasta water to temper the cheese/yolk mixture.



Once your pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pot. Add the bacon and the bacon fat.


Add the cheese/yolk mixture and stir.


Stir, stir, stir!




Catherine’s Pasta Carbonara

One box of pasta
One package of bacon, sliced
8 egg yolks
2/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated

Cook pasta to directions on package.
Cook bacon in frying pan.
Mix egg yolks and Parmesan cheese. Add approximately 1/2 cup of pasta water to the yolk/cheese mixture.
Strain pasta and return it to the pot.
Return pot to hear.
Add bacon and bacon fat. Stir.
Add yolk/cheese mixture and stir to coat and lightly cook.

Serve and enjoy!


Homemade Granola – What Heaven must smell like

This year has been the start of an amazing journey of self-improvement and discovery for me. Not only have I been finding ways to improve my inner self but also ways to live an overall healthier lifestyle. I discovered this book at the start of my journey:


It has been a huge help in my quest to make the majority of what we eat from scratch. Alana, the book’s author is incredibly talented and the book is still one of my favourite purchases. I read her blog ‘From the ground up’ often and I find it to be a great source of good recipes with easy to follow instructions. Here is a link to her website if you would like to take a look.

Yesterday I made granola! I love, love, love the aroma that it creates in the house while its baking and it’s easy to make. I changed the recipe in the above book to suit our household needs. As there are only two of us, I don’t need to start off the recipe with 10 cups of oats! So here is my process and I will post my altered recipe below. Enjoy!

Here are the assembled ingredients:


And here is what it looks like going into the oven:


The finished product:



The Recipe


5 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup raw sliced almonds

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat oven to 250F

Mix all dry ingredients, then add wet. Mix throughly.

Spread evenly on a lined baking sheet.

Bake for 1-1/2 hours stirring every 1/2 hour.

At the end of the baking time turn oven off and leave in oven for minimum 6 hours or overnight.

Voila Granola!

And we shall finish this post with a picture of Bennie the Beagle: