Today is World Pasta Day, definitely cause for celebration in this house. I’m particularly celebrating this week, as I finally cracked making my own pasta last week.
I can’t take any real credit for it; I was on a brilliant Introduction to Italian Cooking Course at Seasoned. Our chef for the day was Jenny Chandler, and she made it easy for each of us to turn out tasty pumpkin filled ravioli.
After that, I’d already decided I’d better get a pasta machine. There seems to be no dispute; it can only be Imperia*. I would rather buy once, and it really last, which seems to be thing about this. At the moment John Lewis has this at £69.95. Lakeland* have a version at £24.99, which if you’re not sure whether you’ll use it a lot or not might be a reasonable purchase. Their versions are usually high quality and well tested.
Next I might want to try tackling gnocchi again. Maybe the addition of a specialised gnocchi ridger would do the trick. You can also use it for garganelli, which I didn’t know until now is similar to penne, made from diamond shaped pasta.
Thinking about it being Halloween, then maybe it’s worth thinking about making some black spaghetti. Perfect time for squid ink*, which you can get from places such as Sous Chef. Though I’m not sure about serving it with lychees as I saw suggested somewhere. Well, not if you really want to eat it!
And then you need to serve it up in something lovely. I really love beautiful looking bowls and these are by Penny Spooner Ceramics*. I love that the delicate colours offset the slightly chunky design of the bowl. One in every colour, or maybe two, would be just lovely.
Then it’s just time to decide what sort of pasta. What’s your favourite recipe? I think I might go with carbonara, just because it’s quick, simple and truly delicious.
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