Pasta Pasta Pasta !
For the children, the event most have been especially fun. It was the first time in their lives that they got to make pasta with their own hands. I setup a stepping stool just beneath the power mixer with pasta attachment. They helped catch and run some of the dough strips through the machine. It was exciting play, but of different kind. I felt real good for having brought some new happiness into their lives. We have a date for pizza making as soon as the temperatures drop a bit more.
Sharp Italian Provolone
Cracked Green Olives from Calabria
Sauteed Arthichoke Hearts
Sauteed Spicy Kale , Calabrian Style
Thyme Marinated Sweet Peppadews
Hand Made Tagliatelle with Three Tomato Sauce
Most of the provisions came from Cosmo and Alex Pisano in Mamaroneck. The flour I used came from A and S Pork Fine Foods of Mamaroneck, an Italian -American chain, which also carries quality products, although less exotic.
|Tagliatelle Laid Out to Dry|
My secret to tagliatelle is to mix "doppio zero - 00" flour from Italy with semolina flour. For this batch I think I used about 2 1/4 of regular flour to 3/4 lbs of semolina. Given my aversion to egg yolks, this amount of flour I added only 2 eggs , and about 3/4 cup of liquid egg whites. The result is a slightly hard dough , that is however workable. When the pasta is cooked, it is extraordinarily light in texture, yet elastic enough not to fall apart. Very different from dried pasta in a box, and also quite different from fresh pasta you can get at the market , which tends to carry a higher egg content, and stronger aroma. That's great if you like yolks, but I don't.
|Steaming Hot Tagliatelle|
Notice , from the picture, that the Tagliatelle were not flooded with tomato sauce. This was by choice so that one could get a taste of the pasta alone, which itself is nice to eat with some EVOO and a hint of Parmigiano cheese. Those who wanted more tomato sauce got to add it a la carte.
|Thyme Marinated Sweet Peppadews|
The peppadews were drained of their original condiment, and marinated at room temperature over night in fresh EVOO, fresh thyme and a pinch of salt. They were one of the tastiest treats of the meal, and worked a tempting palate cleanser. Filled with Beta Carotene too.
Fan club and guests today were beyond pleased. Lots of left over pasta for the next few days. Can't wait to fry some up.