Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A peek into RNPC Panfilo's cookbook: recipe 1/2

Reason number 6 to love the RNPC Panfilo: he cooks to make others happy.

And in order to make YOU happy, too, I'll be putting up two recipes for you, based on the quests I've done so far with this wonderful recruitable NPC. Along with the recipes come some trivia and, perhaps, other ways to enjoy the food presented here.


Pure White Food: A recipe for pasta alla carbonara

This recipe comes from Jeff Smith of The Frugal Gourmet.

Within the game, this quest is triggered by the depression of the fashion designer and RNPC Andre Janzur, who is greatly concerned about the bad reputation currently attached to a person he admires, the ghostly Dilos Lantemn, who at this point in the game is still the final boss of the first dungeon Al Quelt Moreza.

Panfilo intends to present this dish of white food to Andre, who has a real liking for white things, and himself dresses only in white, in order to cheer him up.

1/4 lb bacon
1 stick or 1/4 lb butter
1 c milk
2 tbsp wine vinegar
1 lb pasta [we usually see carbonara over long noodles such as spaghetti or fettucine, but you can serve it over any type]
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 c freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Cut the bacon into small pieces, and fry in the butter.
Heat the milk in a small pot, and add the bacon and butter.
Add the vinegar to turn the milk into cheese.
Simmer until smooth, about 15 minutes.
Boil the pasta of your choice until al dente [firm to the tooth]; drain and return to its pot.
Pour in the eggs, the bacon sauce, and the grated cheese; toss everything well to blend.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.

Serves 8-10.

Carbonara trivia:

- it's "peasant food"

- a true carbonara always has eggs and some form of meat [remember, you had to hunt for Boar Meat to complete the quest inside the game]

- the name "carbonara" comes from the fact that the meat in the recipe used to be cooked over charcoal

- the joke, of course, is that you call a white-sauced pasta dish "black"!

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