After we got a pot of water for a pound of fettuccine going, we separated 5 egg yolks into a big bowl. (Here is by the way a link to our ideas about cooking pasta.)
Then we got out our blue cheese. The recipe called for a Stilton, but we happened to come across a quite mild one, called Himmel Bla at Trader Joe's, which turned out a good choice.
We also washed a handful of rocket lettuce and squeezed the juice of 1 lemon.
We served it with the rocket lettuce. Doesn't it look darling? The pears and lemon juice gave the carbonara an expert sweetness. All thumbs up.
(We got the idea for this out of a dogeared Jamie Oliver magazine, translated into German.)