"Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system."

~Dorothy Day

Jul 5, 2010


A few days ago my friend Mark and I made homemade pasta. We built a mountain of our dry ingredients (flour and salt), formed a well, and put in eggs and water. The goal is to slowly scrape the sides of the well (mixing the wet and dry ingredients), but structural unfitness led to catastrophe as a side of the well split open. Mark and I pretended to be mopping up the Gulf Coast (his counter). Except we were far more effective than BP.

The dough was really sticky (probably too much water), so we added extra flour. Then we had to wait for an hour. After that, the real pasta making began.

There are two stages of "processing." The first is to flatten the dough by rolling it multiple times through the pasta maker. The second stage is sending it through the pasta cutter. We had the option of angel hair or fettucine. We chose the latter because the stickiness of the dough; we would have messed up thousands of strands of angel hair. Below is basically what the pasta maker that we used looks like.

Then we boiled the pasta, added some red sauce, and threw in some meatballs (which didn't have a label but ended up being teriyaki pineapple...).

I took too many pictures and was punished by the camera mysteriously not saving any. I'd do it again, just not at 10 PM.

1 comment:

  1. I love this little post ryan! Sorry again about that camera, I'll try to track the files down if they exist anywhere. We'll get better at the mountain part, I'm sure