Today, and for the next 3 days, my youngest daughter (Joana) is going through several examinations, along with 32,000 other candidates, for a spot in one of the largest Brazilian Universities, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, the capital of our state, as she plans to study Computer Engineering. Today she had exams on Brazilian Literature, English and Physics, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the temperature was reaching 95oF. No need to say she left the exams pretty exhausted; and has to go through additional ones for the next 3 days, as I’ve already mentioned. We ate something fast for lunch, but I figured she would need something more substantial in terms of energy for dinner. Something like a pasta (full of carbohydrates, fast energy for the brain) with some fat (some lipids for slow burning metabolic processes).
You sure have noticed I used penni rigatti instead of spaghetti (I didn’t have any).
I have to say that, although I didn’t have an Italian pancetta, the result was rather similar to the dish we had in Italy last summer. We stopped at a roadside trucker joint between Assisi and Rome, and they served the best spaghetti alla carbonara I’ve ever had. I believe the secret was the pancetta, fantastically flavorful.