Sunday, 22 July 2012

NOTD: Black with Smarties Dots

So I was really bored with plain old polish and decided to go crazy... :/ I like it but would've liked if the dots were more uniform? I struggled with different consistencies of polish, some were runny others thick and goopy. All in all it was a VERY MESSY affair... Even the cat looked exasperated...

I am almost thinking I should have stuck to the patent-leather black manicure. Nothing compares to a perfect, really shiny black manicure. I used Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in "Black Cab". It was just like Zeke the Evil Beech described Rimmel 60sec "Blackout"; like wrestling a hell-swine - goopy, stringy, and just really messy to work with...

When doing manis like this you need to make sure dots are dry before applying top coat or you will smear them all over the place. Also load up the brush properly so you don't have to go over the same area twice as this will also smear the dots. I used my new Lumos top coat here because it's quite thick so will even things out.

All and all I am fairly happy with this, but next time I will test the different polishes before I put them on. I think the purple dots should have been lilac instead - they sort of disappear even though Color Club "Power Play" is a retina-searing neon polish on it's own!

I will now go and cook my signature Spaghetti Carbonara for The Man - he's busy playing Ghost Recon Future Soldier and keeps muttering 'I am not dying, I am just not winning!' so I think he needs cheering up! :)

Lina-Elvira's Signature Spaghetti Carbonara

- finely grated Parmesan
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 bird's eye green chillis
- 1/2 onion
- 2 crushed cloves of garlic
- streaky smoked bacon
- spaghetti

Method: Put the egg yolks in a bowl. Add grated Parmesan cheese and stir together so it forms a thick paste. Chop onion and chillis finely and put on a plate, put the crushes garlic cloves on top. Add a decent amount of salt. Saute the onions, chillis and garlic in olive oil until onion starts to go translucent. Chop the streaky bacon, then add to the pan with the onions etc. On a low to medium heat, cook the bacon and onion etc under lid while the pasta boils, stirring occasionally to make sure it's not sticking. It should be fairly full of liquids while it is cooking, so don't use too much heat.
Drain a small amount of pasta water into the egg yolk / Parmesan mix, then strain spaghetti. Immediately put spaghetti in the bowl and toss until the egg mixture is coating the pasta thoroughly in a thick sauce. Pour the onion and bacon mix into the bowl to and use two forks to serve!

If you prefer a less spicy Carbonara, use Jalapenos instead of bird's eye chillis!

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