09 January 2010

New Recipe & Craft Project monthly challenge . . . you can do it too??

Greetings all,

Lovely Sheridan from Chalet Girl has this great One Per Month Challenge going on. So happy to be reunited with Sheridan, a fun customer from a few years ago, with a great family & excellent ideas. The simple rules are . . . to try one new recipe & one new craft project from all those cook & craft books you have on your shelves, which you may not have opened, attempted or bothered to use yet!! http://chaletgirl.wordpress.com/
First up, i'm offering this cooking effort from The Silver Spoon cookbook - not the famous Italian one from the 1950s, but their Children's adaptation for beginner cooks like me. Yes, beginner, me, after 12+ years of marriage & 4 children i'm still not a great cook, i'm a have-to type, not a want-to. So with many trips away for my husband this year, he is our enthusiastic chef who cooks with flavour, style & passion . . . i feel with an older audience now (read: judgemental children who let me know they could cook better) i should tighten my apron strings & get my act together. In the words of my grandmother Alice May, "i'd rather be sewing than stirring", but that excuse can't fly any longer. New year, new attitude & an actual inclination to cook. So yes, read between the lines, my husband bought me a children's cook book & i'm not offended in the slightest.
Ravioli, yes, first up, which requires ravioli filling, fresh pasta & a tomato sauce, effectively 3 recipes!!
After living in Darwin (tropics) for 2 postings totalling 6 years, i soon loved making my own dough for pizza & bread, the humidity makes everything rise so easily, very rewarding . . . so my pasta making came naturally & my husband insisted i did a better job by hand, than what he usually does in the KitchenAid. He taught himself & the children how to make pasta in July when i was in Sydney at Magnolia Square, thus all these fancy attachments for the mixer conveniently at my disposal.
300gm Italian 00 pizza flour & 2 happy eggs, that does a family of 6
an egg ring did the trick for good sized ravioli, however, will do smaller ones next time, these were a challenge in cutlery skills for children
simple ravioli filling of ricotta, ham, parsley, mozzarella, egg, parmesan, mixed up
hungry helpers, patting down the edges, we made about 35 from one batch
Can't actually claim the tomato sauce as my culinery work, our eldest did the lot (chopped tomatoes, sugar, garlic, basil & olive oil) don't judge me on my unpolished kettle!!
Won't you join in?? I got applause, yes really, it was delicious & remember, fresh pasta cooks so quickly - i'd actually make it from scratch than hang around waiting for dry pasta to cook, really!! When i say i am not a great cook, i am excellent at preparing, it's when heat is involved that i get distracted & things go wrong. I mean, i cook while doing spelling homework, checking emails, planning my tomorrow & starting on lunch box assembly. No i can't slow down, do you know my workload?? Multi task until i'm 45, when my 4th child leaves school and i'm taking a break!! My husband should have retired by then, oh, imagine . . . early retirement . . .

Anyway, Italian cooking with their simple fresh ingredients are so easy. All the herbs are home grown & any day now our tomatoes will ripen & we'll be cooking with them too. Now what craft project should i attempt . . . Thanks for the inspiration Sheridan, a good little nudge in the right direction. Love Posie

12 comments:

beccasauras said...

Oh, I am SO jealous of your KitchenAid! Great blog, too,l great to find someone in Canberra, haven't met many bloggers there. And such cute kids!

posiepatchwork said...

The KitchenAid appliances have been something my husband & i have been collecting for ages. We started with the blender, i think it was my 26th birthday?? The mixer was written off as one of his birthday gifts & the 4 slice toaster, that was for my 33rd. We are just so romantic & exciting!! Love Posie

clare's craftroom said...

Sounds like a great challenge , surely I can cook something decent once a month ! The sound you may hear is probably my children laughing !

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

YUM! That looks fantastic.

I've got a KitchenAid mixer on my 40th wishlist.

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Great job! I wish we had a pasta maker attachment for our Kitchen Aid.

Since you're using homegrown ingredients, would you enter this post in our Grow Your Own roundup? Full details at

http://chezannies.blogspot.com/2010/01/rambutans-plus-grow-your-own.html

beck said...

wow, I loved this post! Your mixer is super duper, the cookbook looks fab and I just really enjoyed reading a little about your life. Six years in Darwin hey? I have been there quite a few times and lived there for a little while too. I'm off to follow you now so see again x

Kate said...

LOVE the idea of pulling out those books I got so excited about when I bought and then forgot all about. There is some crazy statistic about cookbooks bought in Australia but never used. Good luck with it. I think I need a pasta making bit for my Kitchen Aid. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

m.e (Cathie) said...

multitasking is a mum's best weapon and you definitely have your hands full & have beautiful children aswell.
love your red KA and attachments, I haven't got any attachments yet, but I think the pasta one looks like it's doing a fabulous job.

sue said...

I think I am a "have to" cook too. Maybe 2010 is the year that I should try out new recipies and new knitting patterns too. I dont always knit something from the books I buy and it would be a great way to reduce the stash too. I look forward to seeing what other recipes you cook, the pasta ravioli looks wonderful so far. I am sure my partner would love it too.

Tania McCartney said...

LOVE this book! Got it for Ella for Christmas and gagging for her to get into it (and for me to get into the spoils!). x

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