it found me happily perusing the collection of cookbooks looking for inspiration for dinner.
My husband loves Italian food and I thought I'd try and make some fresh pasta with a simple tomato sauce.
It can't be that difficult.
We watch Lidia Bastianich most nights before dinner is served.
She makes everything look so easy.
I put all the ingredients in the food processor to mix as directed
and then proceeded to knead the dough.
It was hard work and my muscles got really sore.
It doesn't look that difficult on TV.
(that should have been my first clue that something was wrong)
At least I had some time to recuperate after fighting with the dough.
It needed to be wrapped in cling film and chilled
for at least 30 minutes before rolling and cutting.
Try rolling a large clump of clay
it was quite a battle and the clay won.
I managed with this pasta machine to flatten the lumps
but it was struggle with only two hands.
One to hold and guide the dough and one to turn the crank.
Why did I not purchase that Kitchen Aid pasta attachment when I saw it in Seattle?
Oh and I didn't have a pasta rack for drying the pasta.
(make do and mend)
I used some glasses and put wooden spoons on top of them.
Pasta needs to dry before cooking it.
Cooking should take 3 minutes to al dente.
Here's where things got really messed up...
the pasta was cooked for 12 minutes and was still chewy and not at all al dente.
I felt like a failure as I followed the recipe to the letter.
I had simmered the tomatoes, garlic, onions and basil for an hour or so and it smelled delicious.
We were hungry so
we ate it anyway.
I am on the hunt for a fabulous pasta recipe
if you know of one please let me know.
In the meantime
I will be visiting Lidia's Italy website
seeking some pasta pointers.
Hope that you had a better day in every way!
Have a wonderful weekend
and carve out some time to just sit and be still
and observe some of nature's bounty.