Sunday, 9 January 2011

Italian Mummas must really love their Babies

I decided to make pasta, the make your own from scratch variety. Little knowing that three hours later I would still be rolling out pasta thinnly and making little parcels with goat cheese and herbs. One of the last jars of tomatoes from last year came out and became the basis for a sauce and grilled zucchini topped the dish. I learnt that you can't sit them on top of each other or they become one amorphous pasta blob and I needed to use less filling and have more of a compressed edge to keep the cheese inside. So, there I was, thinking it was the one and only time I dedicated myself to such a mascochistic cooking experience, now I will have to repeat it and get it completely right some time soon.




Caleb recently made Tagliatelle with a rich meat sauce for Trev and himself. Mastering more of the cooking basics that will hopefully see him well fed once he leaves home. He's almost taller than me now, his voice has broken and he has hormonal days, one's where a mummy cuddle is simply out of the question. Sigh.

8 comments:

Frogdancer said...

My youngest son is starting to get like that. It's outrageous!!!

I was wondering whether a pasta machine might be a good way to use up eggs. We'll soon be getting 6 eggs a day and they mount up.

HAZEL said...

Oh Dear! I was just coming round to the idea of making my own pasta. some bloggers make it seem so easy. Now I am nervous. As for sons...I have two...they do regain the ability to speak and they do begin to relate to you again. I love my two men, but my heart remembers my little boys.

Linda Cockburn said...

Yes, three eggs in a pasta, and pasta can be so versatile. It also tastes a million times better fresh, less stodgy for some reason. I'll have to post on the icecream we made yesterday too. It uses 6 egg yolks (don't think about the cholesterol), and the egg whites are perfect for the top of a lemon meringue pie...

Linda Cockburn said...

Don't be put off Hazel, 3 hours was an exaggeration and raviolli is the fiddliest possible way to play with pasta you can think of. Straight pasta sheets or tagliatelle etc, not an issue.

And yes, Caleb's favourite word at the moment is 'wha' instead of 'what' and he says it every time you speak to him. It stimulates a responding 'Aghhh!'

Em said...

Anyone who wants to makes pasta regularly should definitely invest in an Atlas pasta maker. I had an el cheapo one to start with but it only lasted a couple of months before the rollers got uneven and dodgy...

If I am making just basic spaghetti or fettuccine, I can make enough for two in the time it takes the water to come to the boil! Like all things, it just takes a bit of practice and the taste is totally worth it!

Linda Cockburn said...

Agree with the Atlas Em. We've had ours 6 or 7 years now. Doesn't miss a beat. Tears strips off the fettucine :-)

Anonymous said...

Shame, I did an Italian cooking course some years back and I could have shown you how to make pasta when we stayed last year. Great to hear that Trev is building his muscle tone!! Loving the posts Linda and the house progress looks superb! Keep up the good work. I'm insanely jealous. Glyn (and Joe) x

pinball paddler said...

Hi Lynda, It's a shame I didn't know when we visited because I did an Italian cooking course some years back and I could have shown you. It's so easy even I can remember the recipe. House is coming on great! I check in every week. Sadly I lost your e-mail. Give our regards to Trev. So pleased he made it through the lurgy. It's a b**ch that one! Love the walls babe! Glyn (+ Joe!)
glyn_clarknz@yahoo.co.uk