Saturday, January 17, 2009

cleaning house without a sweat

normally i associate house cleaning with a good steady sweat - sweeping, bending down, lifting up, moving here, there, all about. well today it did not turn out that way. today was a clean a bit, cook a bit, clean a bit, care for the chickens a bit, cook a bit, clean a bit, move furniture around a bit and check in on the garden a bit kind of day. not a bit of it rushed or too crazy.

it's a good change for me. hope i take the lesson from the experience. plenty's been done and there is the evening yet to be enjoyed. even now i sit with a half full beer at my side. this is the way to live hippychick, take note.

i am happy to report that the first time ever homemade egg noodle pasta is a mad success! ooooh boy the noodles are good. i do believe that i will never buy dried pasta again. the flavor difference is huge and the texture much more of an experience and pleasing to the tongue. you need to try yourself, you'll not be sorry i promise.

i kept the process simple this round and stuck to a basic egg based pasta mix. figured since i knew what plain pasta should look and taste like it might be better to start simple first. the ingredients are few.
  • farm fresh eggs - room temperature
  • semolina flour
  • olive oil
  • salt - optional
  • water
the mix is as such 2 to 3 eggs depending on size to 1 1/2 cups of flour. 2 tablespoons of olive oil and of water. a dash or two of salt. mix it all together until it forms a firm dough - i started the mix in a food processor. i then took it out and gave it the old hand treatment for good measure. once you have a good dough, kneed it for 10 minutes then form it into a ball and mash it down until you have a disc like shape. then wrap it up in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and pop it in the fridge to rest for 20 minutes. you can leave it longer without a problem.

once rested pull the dough out of the fridge and out of the wrap and place it on a floured board. then roll it, roll it, roll it until you reach your desired thickness. you'll need a bit more flour to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin. once you reach your desired thickness, cut the pasta ( i used a pizza cutter and free-handed it) and lay it out to dry or if you just cannot wait, pop it in a pot of salted water at a rolling boil and cook for 3-4minutes then drain and eat - YUMMMMMMMMMMY! i tried a bit with homemade pesto - rockin' rockin' rockstar good. yihaaaa!

i don't have a fancypants pasta rolling machine but you can do that too if you like. i just kept rolling my pin until it proved a thickness that i found exciting. i would not think that there are any particular rules - just make it the way you like it. i don't have a fancypants pasta drying something either. i created my own gizmo out of an old mailing tube. i cut the ends off either side, ran a piece of string through, hung it from the ceiling and hung the pasta over the tube to dry. the tube could only hold so much pasta so i grabbed a towel out of the closet, set it on the table and layed the rest of the pasta on the towel. both seem to be doing the job just fine.

and aside from the pasta, the house is clean, swept, dusted, vacuumed, neatly arranged and ready for tomorrow's visitors. and when they go, i'll get to clean again - funny cycle. it will be worth it. truth is, i have no idea how many folk are stopping by. it does not matter one, five or twenty, it will be nice just the same.

there's still a few bits to do but then again, those bits don't have to be done. hey it's a house, people live here, not everything will be perfect yeah?

what i did not do today was plant seeds or even make my paper seed pots. i forgot to soak the seeds the night before and the other tasks seemed better suited for the day so i let the idea pass without worry. i'll get to it first thing in the morning. the seeds are soaking now. i'll be planting watermelon, muskmelon, string beans, tomatoes and corn. nothing outrageous, just enough to get started.

anyway, it's been a good day. the sun is now setting and the air is not too cool. the lights of night are clicking on and i may sit with another beer. enough for today enough.

wishing you a happy week end.


zippy said...

have a great gathering.

shellywoman said...

hey thanks! you'll have to come down sometime! we got good eats here and good folk to eat with too.