Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Making Our Own Pasta

I was typing some notes yesterday when Wey came to me and said, "Mom, let's make pasta!" What a horrible suggestion. Images of messy flour and dough and taking out the machines and so on, plus the fact that I've never made pasta before, just drained me, so I said, "Oh, you go have fun." And he did. Now and then he'd ask,"Is 300g of flour a lot?", "Do we have ricotta cheese?" and I just shouted back my answers until I heard my Kenwood mixer running. I rushed into the kitchen and saw that he had the dough going and the kitchen wasn't even messy.

If you don't know the trouble, you won't be deterred, and I think Wey taught me that yesterday. It turned out making pasta is very easy. And I shouldn't complain because we have Vero to clean up the mess!

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Our new pasta machine - how did I live without one all these years?

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Hanging out the black pepper pasta sheets to dry

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Drying the fettucine on a chair

While the pasta was drying, we went to get some cheese because Wey wanted to cook 'Black Pepper Fettucine With 3 Cheese Sauce' from Ann Wilan's Look & Cook book. We couldn't find any Gorgonzola cheese so he decided to chill his pasta for the next day while we check out Tong Hing for the cheese. On the way home, he said to me happily, "Mom, anybody can cook!" and I realised what an inspiration that Remy was in Ratatouille!

Ming was a little jealous, I think, when he got home and saw the pasta hanging on the chair. His little bro had upped him in his area (Ming is quite the cook in the fam). He said he is going read up on pasta making too. I was so happy. Maybe after a while they can cook all our dinners. Heck, maybe they can do all the shopping too.

By 9 pm, Ming had cooked all the pasta (asked Wey's permission, for once) and tossed them with olive oil, capers, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and fresh parsley for a very light and tasty supper. We all agreed that fresh pasta gives a different el dente bite, and is so good that the best way is to dress it light and not overwhelm it with heavy cream and sauces. Looks like my weight will never go down. Wey said "Let's make more tomorrow!"
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Wey cooked penne with parma-ham and cream a few days ago. I was astounded; he had been watching.

8 comments:

Denise said...

oh Boy! 2 of your Boys are so CUTE !!! HAhahahha... Terri, Thumb's up to you! U're so "Hang Fuk" !!!
Never THought of making Fresh Pasta in my life, like you say, should be very difficult & messy!
BUT, seems like Wey has proven to us that, "ANYONE CAN COOK"
Hey, ask Wey if He can post the recipe / method of making [Wey's pAsta] =p

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

denise: he was so happy to read ur comment, he laughed modestly (but u can tell he's pleased)n said 'It's copied frm a book, not my recipe." I think this really encourages him. tonight Ming made HIS pasta. it was black pepper n mushroom pasta. very good too. oh dear, i'm eating too much carbs.

Bento Pet said...

Hahaha! Looks like our kids are having fun in the kitchen after exams! Yours with pasta and mine with cup cakes!!

Three cheers for the ole faithful Kenwood!! Everyone should own one in their kitchen! Love mine!!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

bento: yes, our kids should get together *wink* main course by my boys n dessert by ur girls.yes, altho i covet a KitchenAid bc it's 'in', i love my old Kenwood. it's a really good machine.

Precious Pea said...

Wahhh....chef in the making! Lucky you!! The penne with parma ham looks so good. So i hope to see more post on pasta soon.

adam k. said...

i get sooooooooooo HUNGRY each time i visit your blog. everything looks so yummy!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

pp: thanks; Wey is very encouraged
adam: tt's the idea so u better get into the kitchen.

s.j.simon said...

did you know how cheese was invented? It wasnt necessity, it was an accident, read this

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