04 January 2008
A new toy
Among other things that I have bought lately is this pasta maker. I made my own pasta with this no egg recipe that I found:
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of Semolina
1/2 a cup of water
Mix flours together gently by hand. Transer to a bench lined with baking paper. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and gradually add the water. I mix it in by hand.A knife can be used to mix the dough. The dough should not be sticky. If it is, add a little more flour. If too dry, add a little water.
I used my new pasta machine, so I simply broke the mixture into three pieces and fed them through the machine as per the instructions. you could knead by hand, but it takes ages.
It was great fun! I spread the pasta out on baking paper and kept in the fridge until I was ready to cook it. It keeps for a few days in the fridge or can be frozen.
I chopped up some lovely ripe tomatoes
Added 1 tomato paste sachet
a sprinkle of salt and sugar
and cooked gently in saucepan till soft. Added chopped basil, thyme and mint and poured on my cooked pasta. (I had cooked the pasta in boiling salted water with a tiny splash of olive oil, for about three minutes - al dente) Topped with a sprinkle of parmesan - Yummo!!!!
Probably more of a winter dish - but I was anxious to use my new toy. I can make flat pieces for lasagne, long flat pasta (fettucini)or long skinny round pasta (spaghetti).
Another day I cooked some pasta and then topped it with large cooked prawns, a dash of oyster sauce, a dash of sweet chilli sauce and a dash of soy sauce - Yummo too!!!