Home made pasta is soooo goood. It turns you into a pasta snob, shaking your head and pffting as you walk past the dried pasta section in the grocery shop.
It is not hard to make and doesn't take that long. Here is my easy egg dough recipe and a quick dinner you can make with it.
Egg Pasta Recipe
3/4 Cup of white flour and 1 medium egg per person you are cooking for. Put it all in a bowl.
Then I give a swirl of olive oil into the mix.
You can use a mixer if you want, but I just use my hands and mix it till it forms a firm dough. I knead it enough that it all holds together.
Then wrap it while you make you other things for your dinner. In my case I am making pasta rolls or cannelloni type dish. So while my pasta is resting I'm cooking up mince with a pasta tomato sauce.
Because it doesn't take long to cook mince, I just leave the dough out in the kitchen with me. But if it is a hot kitchen and you are going to be awhile, I would put it in the fridge and bring it out just before you need it.
While it have been resting at room temperature, the dough will be getting softer.
I am wanting pasta sheets today, so I divide the dough into 4 pieces to roll separately.
Just before I roll each piece, I flatten it slightly and dust with flour.
I use a pasta machine for making my pasta sheets, but if your good with a rolling pin, you could use that too. I roll the pasta to a thickness that I know will hold mince without breaking, but still has a slight opaqueness to it. That is the pasta dough recipe, but you can make spaghetti, ribbons or whatever you like with it. If you are cooking it in boiling water, it does not take as long to cook as dried pasta, and remember even when you take it off the heat, it is still cooking. I only boil it for a couple of minutes.
Read on to see how I used the pasta dough for my pasta rolls.
I cut each of the 4 sheets in half, to make 8 rolls.
Put mince by the wider edge and roll up. Put in a baking dish with cheese or white sauce. Top with cheese and bake at 180 degrees celcius until the cheese is melted how you like it, about 25 minutes for me.
I like this dish with a salad and olives, my sons eat it with gherkins...because he says it tastes like a Big Mac... go figure...
Tooth powder whitens and gives your teeth a really good clean. You can use it instead of tooth paste or alongside it if you still want a fluoride product on your teeth.
You use the toothpowder just like a toothpaste, by dampening your toothbrush and then dunking it into your tooth powder.
Tooth powder lasts for ages, and is very economical.
TOOTH POWDER RECIPE
4 Tablespoon bentonite clay (you can order from www.purenature.co.nz)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove powder (I dont bother with this)
3/4teaspoon activated charcoal ( you can buy off pure nature or in capsules in the vitamin section at the supermarket) .
Few drops of mint oil or ground mint (optional).
I make this at least once a week for a dessert for the family. Powder hot chocolate just doesn't compare!
The photo does make the hot chocolate look thicker than it is. It is a drink and not a melted chocolate sludge.
RECIPE - MAKES 4 TEACUPS
250 gram dark chocolate. We use Whittakers 50% but if you like a less sweet drink go darker!
1 1/2 Cup of full cream milk
1/2 C of cream
Optional add ons:
Stir in white chocolate, or a creamy milk sante bar to add some sweetness.
Whipped cream on top
Chilli for some heat
Marshmellows on top
Melt dark chocolate in microwave. I do 1 minute to start and then 30 second bursts, stirring in between until melted.
In the meanwhile I heat milk and cream together in a saucepan until it is hot but not boiling.
Add the melted chocolate into the hot milk and cream and stir until mixed in. Add optionals if you want.
You can store any unused hot chocolate in the fridge for a few day and reheat when you would like it.
I make lots of homemade bread. With two teen sons it helps to fill them up and it is so yummy.
This is a dough recipe that I make in bulk by hand. With it I make buns, pizzas, breads, all sorts of varieties. Start with the basic recipe, which is enough for 2 loaves or pizza bases. I then multiply it by at least 3 or 4. Then I divide it up into different things I want to make, maybe a plaited cheese bread, a batch of buns, pinwheels, herb bread whatever tickles my fancy.
Here is what I made yesterday using 3 times the recipe: Two mozzarella cheese stuffed crust pizzas then a batch of raspberry jam pinwheels and a batch of cinnamon pinwheels.
380ml lukewarm water
40ml olive oil
2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon sugar
650 grm flour
2 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoon yeast
Put into a large bowl in ingredient order. Using your hand in a shape of a claw starting mixing the dough until it starts to bind together and then start kneading. When it is ready (5-10 minutes approx), the dough will soften and become much more pliable. When it has reached this stage, cover the bowl with a damp teatowl or plastic wrap or bees wax wrap (too stop the top from drying) and let it rest in a warm place. The dough will at least double in size.
When it has doubled in size, divide up and make your different breads. As you make them leave them in a warm place (I use my warmer drawer in the oven) to rise again, (approx another 15-20 minutes).
My go to temp for baking is 180 degrees celsius until the dough is brown. For deep loaves go for a darker brown and a hollowish sound tap test.
I would love to hear what you did with your bread dough!
This cookie recipe is the most used in our family and is an absolute fave. They are big and chunky and really yummy. The recipe can easily be altered to change to turn them into apricot and choc buttons, or raspberry and white choc, coffee beans and cocoa, anything that tickles your fancy.
Here is the recipe: Makes around 24 big cookies
1\4 tsp salt
2C brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 - 5 cups flour
1 Cup chocolate chips, or buttons, or anything you want to add.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs, vanilla essence, salt and mix.
Add baking powder and chocolate buttons.
Add cups of flour and mix. This is where you can tweak to your own liking. I use about 5 cups of flour, which makes a nice rollable cookie dough, and creates a cookie that is fabulous to dunk into your cup of tea. I gave this recipe to a friend who likes a more chewy cookie and she used only 4 cups of flour.
At this stage you must defend your cookie dough with a wooden spoon, because it is really yummy, and the teenagers will eat it all before you get to bake it.
Roll the cookie dough into balls a little bit bigger that a golf ball, and then flatten them with a fork.
Bake in two batches in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.