Sunday, 23 February 2014

When everything else fails...follow the instructions

I never understood why some people can bother making their own pasta. It seems like a lot of work for something that you can buy at the shops for a couple of dollars... in saying that, I couldn't resist buying a pasta machine last year. All I can say is that it was at the right price and like every genuine Australian...I can't let go of a good deal. Next to the machine were also 'ravioli trays' and it made sense to buy one of these as well...
There is no need to say how long the pasta machine and the ravioli tray have been unopened in the cupboard...all I need to say is that today both have been put to good use, or at least to 'use' still debating if the use was 'good' or not.
I could carry on and tell you how easy and beautiful dinner I made...but instead I am here to warn you of the pitfalls of making your own ravioli... Well, maybe the pitfalls can be avoided by reading the instructions of how to make ravioli. I am not very good at that.

Pitfalls to avoid:

1- Do not talk on the phone to a friend for over 30 minutes in the middle of the 'pasta making process', you risk the pasta drying and looking like this

2-  Don't forget to put something (whatever the instructions says) on the ravioli tray so the pasta doesn't get stuck there... it is very hard to get the ravioli out of the tray in one piece and once are out they are half destroyed and looking awkward.

 

3- Do not use the last strip as a base for more ravioli...or you will be there staring at the half ravioli wandering what to do next


4- Under no circumstances boil the ravioli ...ever! otherwise, the filling comes out and the dish turns into a soup with pasta floating in it. I will find out how to replace this step and will let you know.
 

 

I hope that this post has inspired you to try and make your own ravioli one day... or maybe not.

2 comments:

  1. Hola Ana!
    Fue precisamente el año pasado cuando mi profesor de italiano de la escuela de idiomas (el cual era un amante de la cocina y durante todo el curso nos amenizo las clases con el tema de la gastronomia italiana) nos hizo una demostración en la sala de profesores. Se trajo todo lo necesario para hacer pasta, nos pasamos una tarde noche preparandolo y degustandola, eso si, acompañandola con un delicioso vino Lambrusco. Hasta ese momento nunca habia probado eso de hacer uno mismo la pasta y me parecio una experiencia muy gratificante. Pues nada, ya nos iras contando como te va...jeje
    Hoy domingo por aqui brilla un timido sol, despues de casi 3 meses de un tiempo gris y lluvioso (hacia decadas que no sufriamos un tiempo tan desapacible) es motivo de alegria. En nada salimos hacia la playa a disfrutar de la tarde.
    Un saludo y hasta la proxima!
    Ah!, me ha encanto el primer consejo...jeje

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    1. Hola Fran, La verdad es que la pasta fresca es muy buena y aqui se hace mucho...igual es que a mi me ha faltado el vino! Yo seguire practicando y si algun dia me venis a ver os recibire con pasta recien hecha en la mesa, vale? Jeje

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