Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 019 LocalrootZ Project (January 19,2010)

Two Eggs Sunnyside Up
w/ side of Rutabaga & Shredded Carrot

Plain Sheep's Milk Yogurt

w/ Raw Honey

Whole Wheat Fettuccine
w/ Red Sauce & Romano Cheese
Spelt Garlic Bread  
Glass of Oyster Red

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies


A wonderful snowy day once again... started snowing on Sunday Evening and didn't really stop ! After pedaling 15 miles through 6 inches of ice,slush and snow blinding winds whipping across the Casco Bay I arrived at home with a enormous appetite so Cassi and I decided it was time to get in our comfy clothes from early on and make some pasta together !

The recipe for homemade pasta is simple :

6 cups Maine Red Spring Wheat Flour
8 Medium Fresh Eggs from Sparrow Farm

Create a well within the flour, crack in the eggs and slowly combine the mixture till it reaches become consistent in texture.  Knead for a minute or two and let rest 15 minutes under a damp towel.

Then its all about teamwork and patients... you pull it through the rollers of the pasta machine.  We have a nice stainless steel "Al Dente" that I bought off a co-worker.
Setting the rollers as far apart as possible you begin flattening the dough... fold over pass through again and again and again slowly reducing the the space between the roller until you reach the desired thickness for the pasta style your making !  Cassi's favorite is fettuccine and I am a sucker for any type, so fettuccine it was.  The reason for passing it through the rollers so many times is to create a more durable and consistent noodle... apparently the less time you spend smoothing and compressing the pasta, the more likely it will break apart while cooking. After the slabs of pasta are ready the fun begins... choose teh attachment for the desired shaped pasta and run the slabs one at a time through the cutters and presto.... PASTA !

As for the tomato sauce... Simple.  Add a little of Maine Canola Oil a whole bunch of basil and tomatoes from Olivia's Garden Hydroponics in New Gloucester, a bit of garlic and onion and simmer simmer simmer....

We have alot of fun and made a good amount of pasta for the next few days, as you will see in the photos below !


Transportation Today
Work Commute : 15 miles Bicycle
Errands : 3 miles Walking 

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