Making Pasta

I’ve got four very loud children here this morning so I’m jumping on the computer before the Minecraft fest begins…..

Making Pasta

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Pasta is pretty popular in this house and when my friend, Mel, said that she had a pasta machine that had been redundant since she got it 10 years ago I felt it was time to borrow it and put it to good use.

Teenboy was keen to help so we went for it.

The pasta was made with 6 eggs and 600g of 00 flour in the magimix then rested for about 45 minutes. I think the traditional way is to mix it on the bunker (worksurface) with your hands – the magimix was fast and efficient.

The pasta needs to go through the machine lots of times to get it thinner and thinner and it gets longer and longer each time.  We had it with fresh pesto – it was gorgeous, the jury is out on the actual pasta.  We did not hang the pasta out to dry at all, I am not sure if that’s crucial or not.  It was hard to know when it was cooked too.  Teenboy is up for making more with the spaghetti cutters  to see if we can perfect the process. He got really into making sure it was thin enough and even, he was chief roller.

If you are inspired to have a go and use the pasta machine that you have been keeping safe and sound in the cupboard for years then here’s how to do it.

 

first roll
first roll

 

 

last roll before other rollers
last roll before other rollers – where did that all come from?
tagliatelle roller
tagliatelle roller – so fast it goes fuzzy

 

The pesto was half a small packet of pine nuts, toasted in a pan, a big handful of basil, a clove of garlic, a big glug of olive oil and about 30g of parmesan type cheese. I did use the pestle and mortar to crush the pine nuts then a stick blender to whizz the pesto together.

pounding the pesto
pounding the pesto
the final dish - everything tastes better eaten al fresco
the final dish – everything tastes better al fresco

 

Does anyone know about the hanging out stage?  I wonder if it is only necessary if you are not using the pasta immediately or if you should always do it.  The only thing I have to hang it on is the clothes dryer with tea towels on it – I might try that next time.

 

Car spotting is a bit of a habit of mine –  here’s one I saw in town the other day, It’s very similar to my sister’s old car that took me to my wedding.  Gotta love a Mini.

Mini Cooper, x-reg in immaculate condition.
Mini Cooper, x-reg in immaculate condition.

In my other life I have a fleet of vintage cars and someone to look after them for me, my only choice is which one to drive each day….

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Burns Night

Right now there is a ceilidh going on at my place, there are two girls with Scottish Country Dance music on.  They have found everything they can in the house that is even vaguely tartan including a scarf, a picnic blanket (now the carpet) and the scout necker of a boy I know.  They have to be the most enthusiastic Burns Night fans I’ve ever known.  As I wrote this time last year, it would be my Mum’s birthday today and she was often a Burns widow when my Dad was doing The Immortal Memory at someone’s Burns’ Supper – he often did a few every year, he was a real fan of the Scots language.  The whole Burns Night/Day is a bit of a ‘thing’ now especially at the primary schools which means even at six, the children can manage a Gay Gordon’s or a Dashing White Sergeant.  The grandparents would definitely have a big smile at the girls today although, true to form, they have had to stop for a wee something to eat.

Lucy started the day with a stink, she came in from her morning trip round the garden covered in fox poop.  Nice! Apologies if you have already seen the photo on Instagram.  Please do request to follow me, I have kept it personal for now but I’m happy for you to follow me since you read my blog.

just as well my sister bought the dogs this luxury shampoo
just as well my sister bought the dogs this luxury shampoo

Recipe Trial No 1 

Celeriac is something I love the idea of but when the nodulated root appears in the veg box it is sometimes an effort to deal with it.  Luckily I know a girl who knows what to do to make it taste fabulous (and, no, it’s not soup).

celeriac, egg, spices and hope in the bowl
celeriac, egg, spices and hope in the bowl

Sarah posted this just as I was going for soup again.  Brilliant I thought, my husband has the Rosti King title round here – he’s always keen to get it right – so he can make dinner.  Double brilliant.

The Rosti topped with a poached egg, not bad indeed.
The Rosti topped with a poached egg, not bad indeed.

This recipe is highly recommended  Root Veg Rosti from The View from the Table, much better than the potato ones I’ve had here before if you know what I mean.  Thanks for trying it out, C and thanks to Sarah for passing it on.

We are off to a Burns themed birthday party so it’ll be haggis tonight no doubt.

Nearly forgot to show you another food first, my niece’s Battenburg.  Tasted amazing, Mary and Paul have a lot to answer for…

home made battenburg, my favourite, from the kitchen of my niece aged 6
home made battenburg, my favourite, from the kitchen of my niece aged 6

Have a good weekend, just one more photo for you, hope you like him.  x

on the bath wall at the moment, always makes me smile
on the bath wall at the moment, always makes me smile

For Mum post funnily enough there’s a recipe from Sarah there too, xx

15 November 2013

Japanese Maple or Acer
Japanese Maple or Acer

This amazing Acer caught my eye when I went to check up on the guinea pigs this morning, the colour has changed to the most vibrant bright reddish pink almost overnight.  It’s in a pot and has had a couple of ropy phases since the bad snow years,  so glad to see it in full magnificence again.

The Regeneration

The ‘middle’ room is to get the floorboards done at the same time as the hall and, since it’s empty, we have decided to go for it and change the wall colour too.  When the sun is shining it is a beautifully light room and those windows are amazing, they let light all the way through to the hall.  It can be quite dark though because of the green damask print wallpaper which I quite like actually but it does not fit with the way I’d like it to look. Light, bright and fresh is what I’m thinking with an array of colours coming from our belongings on the shelving.

Here’s how it looked last Friday before the mission to clear it out started, it had become a dump.  We all have our own little visions for this former dining room.  Playroom, study, music room, library, snug or games room, it is my goal to make sure it stays a bit more organised and pleasant to visit, whatever it is used for.

no idea how I got this effect - this is how full the room was last weekend
no idea how I got this effect – this is how full the room was last weekend

This is how it looks right now, as I type. Imagine me sitting on that hideous red chair, which will not be coming back in, if I can help it.

the before photo
Friday 15 Nov 2013 – note the stain samples

There should be a new version to show you on Monday, this weekend is painting weekend, once we decide on a colour.  There is a beautiful blue in my mind’s eye but who knows what colour you’ll see in the after photo.

Friday Treat

Friday make - chocolate crispies
Friday make – chocolate crispies

My promise to H yesterday was that we would make chocolate crispies with her friend when she came to play. Yum, hope there’s one left for me.

Well, I wish you a super weekend, think of me in my painting gear doing my stuff (and procrastinating no doubt), x