I’m 32 weeks into pregnancy and I’m starting to visualize labour, do the last of my pregnancy & baby reading, and prepare for 6 months off work.
One thing I decided to do was create a playlist for when I’m in labour. I’m told that I will be in too much pain to listen to it but I’m listening to it now to pump me up. A lot of female power songs, obviously. I asked my friends on Facebook what to add and the most hilarious responses I got were:
- I’m Coming Out, Diana Ross (thanks Laurel!)
- All That She Wants (is another baby), Ace of Base (kudos Bruce)
- Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash (very nice Conor)
Annnnnd the winner:
4. Push It, Salt N Pepper (Brilliant Janelle!)
I’m still laughing about that one!
Anyways, today is Family Day here in BC so with the day off I hit the kitchen and was listening to my ‘Baby Pushing Playlist’ while I tried ravioli for the first time with my pasta maker.
I’ve made ravioli before but I’m a little more experienced with pasta now and figured it would be a lot faster with the machine.
I started out by jazzing up the pasta dough by adding some herbs.
Pasta Dough Ingredients:
- 2 cups white organic flour
- A big helping of dried basil (I didn’t measure)
- Like 2 tbsp of dried onions & garlic powder
- Dash of salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup of water
Then I kneaded the crap out of it. I’ve learned that you really shouldn’t fear over-kneading pasta dough since you want to get all the air bubbles out. Even after that I ran it through the machine a couple of times to get some nice strong pasta sheets without any holes in them.
For the filling I sauted some chopped onion, garlic, and chopped kale. I mixed it with some fresh basil and some home-made vegan ricotta.
Using the machine was a bit more challenging than I thought. It didn’t slice up and separate the ravioli on its own and the filling was hard to get into just the pasta squares.
Next time I think I’ll use the machine to get the pasta sheets and make the ravioli like this.