Have I told you about my kitchen gadget addiction? This is in addition to my cookbook addiction, shoe addiction, massage addiction, pinterest addiction (among various other internet time sucks), coffee addiction, scowering every aisle of Target addiction, Amazon wishlist addiction,
crack cocaine addiction- just kidding! In all seriousness though shopping in general for me is a REAL problem, much to my accountant husband’s chagrin. Shopping and food are my therapy and I need A LOT of therapy!
My last Sur La Table fix resulted in a very nice loot haul: 1 Mercato Atlas 150 stainless steel pasta machine @$79.95, 1 gnocchi board $5.95, 1 silicon red tongs @ $7.95 and a set of micro fiber kitchen towels on clearance.
Oh what grand plans were quickly formulated in my over-active imagination: The romantic candle lit feast of fresh pasta, homemade bread and gorgeous marinara made from vine ripened local tomatoes. I will be serving my husband in high heels and my cute little A-Line retro dress, Andrea Bocelli playing on my pandora, Italian is just rolling off my tongue “bellisimo, muah, la dolce vita, amore amore amore”…uh yeah.
What actually ensued might as well have been a scene out of the Godfather. My pasta is sleeping with the fishes.
I must tell you how sad, how very very sad it was at my first attempt of making fresh pasta. If only you could have seen the look on my face when my dough just turned into this chalky crumbly no-one-wants-to-eat-this lump, it was like someone ran over my puppy. Dough in trash=FAIL
Going to try Miss Vitale’s “fool proof” recipe next time. She is Italian, of course, she makes it look so easy! What do you know it’s her grandmother’s recipe…no I’m not jealous, no not at all.
I will persevere! I will make some delicious noodles even if it makes me lose my noodles trying- I lost most of them a long time ago anyway. All of my best learning and biggest feats have come through making mistakes, lots of mistakes. Through failure we become better people. Pasta is a very deep food, oh yes it is.
In any case at least I know how to boil water unlike this kid:
I feel better now. Haha, this kid should win an Oscar! Who says you can’t have pasta with a side of beanie? First rule of cooking: Always keep a sense of humor and experimentation!
Ciao for now my friends!