No Cream in the Carbonara
Is pineapple an acceptable pizza topping? And do you put cream in the carbonara?
for whom there’s always much demand.
yet one must be good and can provide
tons of food for an insatiable gourmand.
Every day we are faced with problematic
challenges with which we have to grapple.
We have to determine if the pizza topping
is inappropriate with chips or pineapple.
When we cook spaghetti A la carbonara
there’s an ingredient we wouldn’t dream
adding to cheese, pepper, bacon and egg
and that is a helping of delicious cream.
Anyone can be a top chef like Escoffier,
a housewife or a duchess, wearing a tiara
with green emeralds and violet sapphires;
red lipstick and, on the eyelashes, mascara.
But we must be skilled and must follow
the right etiquette and proper protocol;
and when we flambé the crepes Suzette
we have to use brandy, no pure alcohol.
I don’t know yet if I am ready and able
to embark on this kind of onerous life;
perhaps it might be better if I gave up
and hand over the reins to my wife.
© Luigi Pagano 2021