Last year was the year of bread for me. I dedicated 2013 to becoming a master of bread. That did not happen. It takes more than a year to become a master of something, sorry.
My bread journey will continue and I definitely learned alot and have a few bread recipes in my pocket in case I find myself in a pickle (like that food analogy?).
2014 is here now and for me 2014 is going to be the year of PASTA! Specifically pasta noodles. I got a pasta machine for Christmas from Rich and after using it a few times I can tell you that it’s going to take some practice to get really creative with it.
However, I’m feeling positive, especially since I’ve downloaded Beyonce’s new album and been listening to this while I cook:
(Beyonce don’t sue me, this song and your new album are awesome)
This was the second time I used the new pasta machine, the first time went alright but the noodles were a little doughy and I wasn’t completely confident I was doing it right.
This time I was determined and found the most simple vegan recipe includes:
- 2 cups white organic flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
I loved the taste of the garlic powder from the Naam bread I made recently so I added 1 tbsp of that this time to give the noodles some extra taste.
I mixed the dry ingredients, put the wet stuff in the middle of the bowl and mixed them together until I had to knead them with my hands. Once I had a nice ball of dough I cut it into 5 pieces and roll each out individually. Then I put it through the flat rollers of the machine, starting with the thicker settings and moving to thinner settings (I ended up with a setting of 6….whatever that means).
I then put them through the noodle settings. Here are some things I have learned:
- Roll it through the flat rolls a few times, it made the dough more stretchy and easier to work with
- Start on a thick noodle setting and keep putting it through so it comes out thinner and thinner
- The dough will expand in the water so the first time I did it I thought they were perfectly thick but after boiling they were too thick
- Pasta machines are hard to wash
(These photos are from my first attempt!)
Only after I made the pasta did I think to look up some pasta making tips, so for next time I found this great blog post.
For an easy sauce I heated up a pan and fried up a chopped onion, juice of a 1/4 of a lemon, 2 garlic cloves, a can of artichoke hearts, and some pepper in some olive oil.
(This dish is how my second attempt ended up)