May 17, 2011 § 4 Comments
Making your own pasta is easier than you’d think. It’s no more difficult than making a pastry! If you have a pasta machine, then the pain of rolling is reduced somewhat, but I kinda like the pain. You get more of a sense of achievement when you put a bit of effort into your supper. I think. So yeah, pasta. You can make really easy lasagna sheets or tagliatelle this way, just make – roll – and cut, but when you want something a bit more special [and you have the remnants of a batch of spinach to use up like I did] then spinach and ricotta ravioli is a fun thing to make.
I’m calling these rustic ravioli because of what they look like. Sure, they won’t win any beauty contests or look like those pretty shop bought versions. I just want to show people I suppose that you don’t need equipment any more specialised than a round cutter and a rolling-pin to make ravioli. They’ll taste just as delicious regardless of what they look like!
May 16, 2011 § 4 Comments
Soups are super. It’s that simple! They can be hot or cold, thick and chunky or smooth and thin. All you need are some main ingredients, some seasonings or secondary flavours, and some liquid to loosen things up, a bowl and a spoon. Soups are such a comforting homely supper for times when you need to be both nourished and nurtured, and tomato soup is one of the easiest things you can do in a kitchen just because cause it’s so quick. A quick and warm little tomatoey hug.
[Ok, so here I roasted the tomatoes which does take some time, but it's still an easy way to have a simple tasty supper when you're don't have lots of time for standing next to the stove.... is all I'm sayin'.] Here’s what I did…