Ok. Here’s the deal…
There is nothing secret happening here BUT a couple of great friends working on The Secret Garden came over for dinner this evening between shows…. In January, I purchased the pasta attachment for my kitchenaid mixer and tonight was the perfect night to try it out! I made spaghetti with a sausage and pancetta tomato sauce and a gorgonzola and garlic flatbread.
This post will only show y’all how to make homemade pasta but every part of this meal was created from scratch. It took me a few tries to master the pasta, Let me tell ya…it was much harder than you think to get to this point…(hopefully this will allow you not to go through the same trial and error!) Thanks to Todd for his ongoing advice and his free pouring…(that kept the project going!) Know that this is the edited version of the pasta making (although a series of shots of the dough issues might be fun!)…hopefully you will get a winning recipe from the getGo!
- 3 1/2 cups of flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp of salt
**click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own pasta!
Nothing is more exciting than enjoying a meal with great friends.
I realize that not everyone has access to a kitchenaid mixer and the truth is that to make delicious homemade pasta you don’t need fancy gadgets. Making pasta at home is cheap, easy and delicious (in fact next time i will try it without the gadget). So make it now. Stop buying it. Seriously, even if you don’t have a mixer just make it on your counter! Go and youtube how to make homemade pasta…so worth it and cheap to do.
I can’t to hear about your pasta making stories!
Last night, I went over to my friend’s Todd and Brian’s place for dinner. Todd is an incredible chef see It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to entry for more info!
Dinner is always a lavish event with some cool people (met a great couple Kerstin and Shawn), tasty eats and some Kinect games. Todd made a beef roast with all the fixings including Yorkshire Pudding. We ended the meal with a homemade Berry Pie with fresh cream. Are you jealous? You should be! But Todd was nice enough to reveal his Yorkshire Pudding Recipe and share it with me for the purposes of this blog. You will see that this is so easy to make and delicious.
**click on the picture for a more info about what we ate and the recipe for Todd’s Yorkshire Pudding!
I’m going to Mexico on Thursday….Can’t wait to see all the foodventures I will get involved in there. I’m off to the gym to work off pataters smothered in Duck fat! Thanks for reading. Happy Monday!
Tears of Laughter…of course!
Last evening was my dear friend Kelly’s 33rd Birthday! I decided to throw her a little gathering (the easy part) and to make her a Vegan Birthday cake (the hard part). I have never been much of a baker, in fact, the most baking I have done in my life has pretty much been over the last few months since I started Foodventures. Generally, I stick to easy things like cookies and banana bread, I have never even thought of making a cake from scratch…why would I??? when you can just buy a really tasty beautiful one at the store…But for the purposes of this blog and my own curiosity I went for it. After researching recipes, I discovered that making a vegan cake was really easy and ended up using different versions of recipes used during the depression and wartime back in the day, this makes sense to me cause eggs and dairy and other yummy stuff was rationed but people still needed to eat cake!
Now, I have to tell you that I was totally feeling 1 hour behind yesterday and when I found out the guest of honor was on her way, I hadn’t even iced the cake or even made the icing yet. In the “how to” photo’s, you will see man hands, this is my friend Todd (who actually went to chef school and makes insanely delicious meals all the time!) helping me get the icing together. It was awesome to see him work cause he was so fast and knew how to do stuff that would have taken me triple time. YAY Todd! oh and thanks to Julie for the clean up and berry washing!
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- 6 tbsp of Cocoa
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of salt
- 3/4 cup of sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp of white vinegar
- 2 tsp + 2 tbsp of vanilla
- 2 cups of cold water
- 2 cups Vegan Butter (room temperature)
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries (cut in half)
****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make This Chocolate Birthday Cake.
This was an incredible evening filled with love, singsongs and laughter. The cake went over really well and tasted awesome! No more store bought cakes for me totally worth making your own cake and I got to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the first time. Tonight, I’m suppose to make risotto for my parents, they are spending the evening at my place on their way to FLA. But i might try and get them to take me out instead cause I am still trying to get things organized from last night’s festivities.
Thanks to everyone who made this evening such a great success and Thanks to you for reading!
The pasta maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer arrived in the mail today! What a great surprise on this really really cold day. I am so excited to try it out. I’m thinking dinner next week for sure. Anyone free Tuesday?
**click on the picture for a better look!
I’m still trying to figure out my organic gluten-free vegan potluck dish for tomorrow evening. Lentils anyone? Either way I’ll have my recipe posted on Sunday. Thanks to all of you who have been checking out this site. I am thrilled to say that in a little over a month Foodventures has over 1000 hits! wow. And you don’t need to wonder if you are missing a post cause you can sign up and get all the latest Foodventures to your inbox! (Check it out in the top right corner under the Howdy, Finale, La Vie.) Stay Warm and have fun! It’s Friday! woot woot!