BasqueStage Candidate Post -A Unique Pasta
Who doesn’t love pasta and fresh pasta is just the icing on the cake. I want to share with you how to make your own fresh pasta that you can make with your own unique twist. But don’t break out your pasta machine or mixer, we have become accustomed to every-day appliances that help with making things faster and better. After reading “The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities and Meaning of Table Manners” by Margret Visser I’ve had the urge to become as close to my food as possible. These appliances have just stepped between me and my food, and nobody or anything gets to do that! Our hands are sensitive to temperatures and textures, so when we humans are touching things a deeper understanding is found through those extra senses. As a child I love to touch everything and helping to make pasta was something I truly enjoyed. We used a wooden table, rolling pins and a knife. The dough would be stuck between fingers and in my hair. I remember pulling the dough off my hands and making shapes and animals with it. Defiantly puts a smile on my face.
So to make the pasta all that is needed is some flour, eggs, and salt, maybe a little water and your secret ingredient. Any of your own favorite pasta recipes will work for me I love yolky pasta so I used a cup of flour, 1 egg and a yolk, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and a few teaspoons of water to bring it all together. So your probably asking were this secret ingredient comes in to play. Well, a little trick I learned at school was putting spices or fresh herbs like basil into pastas. Today I used freshly cracked peppercorns but in the past I have used basil, sorrel and ramp leafs. This gives the all ready amazing fresh pasta a beautiful taste and unique look that can accent the sauce of your choice. Like for instance I made pasta carbonara and instead of putting peppercorns in the sauce I placed them inside the pasta. Basil inside the pasta along with any sugo is a classic pair as well.
Now its time to go out there and kick your pasta up a notch, get creative and get back in “touch” with your food!