Friday, 20 January 2012

Carbs with Carbs.... Carbfest





When I was about 20, I remember every time I went out for dinner I would order lasagne. With chips. Maybe it was a late-1990s thing, but every menu offered the two together as if they were inseparable. And even though the lasagne was cheesily stodgy, it seemed to work, probably because of the contrast in textures. But only if the chips were crisp. Big fat soggy chips were a no-no with a wodge of oozy lasagne.
And the other day I found myself reading Nigella Lawson's recipe for Pasta Alla Genovese, which incorporates spaghetti and diced potatoes. The potatoes actually break up in the pan and give the pasta a grainy, starchy coating. I tried it and it is unbelievably good.
And then, I noticed Adam Richman, the host of Man Vs Food sometimes orders a side of fries when he has to eat something sweet - like a huge ice cream, because he says you taste the crisp saltiness and then instead of just getting full up on the fries, you feel like eating more ice cream (I wouldn't advise on doing this, by the way; leave that to him...). So we could crave carbs because they offer a contrast in taste, as well as texture.

Chip butties, pasta with potato, spaghetti hoops on toast -there's a lot to be said for some carb on carb action, if only for a treat every now and again.


What are your favourite carby foods? What are your favourite carb on carb combinations?


10 comments:

  1. Entree: a fresh selection of bread with butter

    Main: cencioni (petal shaped) pasta tossed with garlic, parsley, fresh tomatoes and salami, with plenty of lemon pressed olive oil

    Dessert: brownies with ice-cream

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  2. I think my favourite has got to be sketti and cheese jaffles, which is Aussie for tin spaghetti and cheese toasties, i.e. the ones with the corners clamped down so all the gooey cheese and tomatoey goodness stays in those neat little triangles.

    I was also pleasantly surprised by one of the pizze bianche at my local pizza place in Sydney, which is topped with potato, garlic and rosemary.

    I like dairy on dairy too - butter with cheese is a guilty pleasure I'll never give up entirely.

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  3. I don't think I can top chip sandwich!

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  4. Potato pizza. Lots of garlic, olive oil, herbs and cheese!

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  5. Love a good carb/carb combo, I'm with Sarah though - its hard to beat a chip butty! My other half's staple meal at university was 9p packet noodles on toast - bleurgh!

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  6. Ah, the carb/carb combo! Three favorites come to mind:

    1) French fry sandwich in Brussels. Absolutely to die for with the twice-fried potatoes!

    2) My childhood nanny's potato and pea curry with rice. Still one of my all-time favorites.

    3) Epic post-Thanksgiving sandwich. Two huge pieces of crusty rosemary bread filled with stuffing, turkey, etc.

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  7. Miss Conversationalist: sounds good to me!
    Vix: Those toasties sound yummy, going to try them - and lots of people seem to like potato pizza - can't believe I haven't had it. Another one to add to my ever-growing list! Thanks :)
    Sarah: Chip sandwich is one of my favourites, especially with tomato ketchup smeared inside!
    Hannah: :) At university I remember one of my housemates used to eat Pot Noodle on toast!
    Yasmeen: Love your carb/carb choices - potato curry's another of my favourites too. Thanks for commenting :)

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  8. Helen: I really have to try potato pizza, sounds lovely. Thanks for commenting! :)

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  9. Chip Buttie is a top shout! Gnocchi is also an important consideration when it comes to sexy carb-on-carb action.

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  10. You can NEVER go wrong with a chip butty - thick doorstop, fresh cut white bread, butter and tomato sauce.

    Hungry now.....

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