Thursday, March 30, 2006
Today was one of those days where my hands felt fidgety - i attribute this to the fact that i haven't been cooking or baking in a long while!
I was studying (yes, my exams are less than a month away!) when my mind wandered off and I suddenly felt like eating pasta. Not only did i want to eat pasta, I wanted to eat homemade pasta. I was in the mood for something made fresh without preservatives whatsoever.
Then I remembered I have a pasta machine! See that beautiful baby right above? Well my dad bought it a few years ago... actually many years ago! About 11 years ago! How do I know? Well, heh when I uncovered this gem from the storeroom, it was still in its original box with the date of purchase and price written on it (my mum has a habit of labelling most of our major purchases, don't ask me why).
I can't believe we haven't used this wonderful contraption in eons... and so I knew it was my chance to save it from anymore neglect. I went on to make my own pasta.... it's my first time! And here are some photos if you are curious:
pouring eggs into the flour for my pasta dough
my finished pasta dough
rolling out the pasta noodles
Homemade pasta is rather simple actually. All you need is a pinch of salt, some flour and eggs! If you're wondering how much I used: 3 cups flour and 4 eggs at room temperature. I was supposed to add salt too but I kind of forgot and well it actually made no difference. So I think it's okay to omit it?
Anyway, I must say, it was an experience, making my own pasta for the very first time and actually tasting it. I was too lazy to make any pasta sauce whatsoever so I just opened a can of tom yam tuna and poured some over my cooked pasta:
Hey, I know what you're thinking... it's quite a half-baked attempt at dinner but well I have exams to study for and I was just looking to fill my stomach asap and get back to mugging! :)
By the way, I think my noodles came out too thick, but it was fine for me... I liked it anyway. Just remember that when you cook it, it'll expand.
I might make more pasta soon - I really like it! Quite fun actually... but that'll have to wait till my exams are over.... ahh... okay back to the books. cheerios!