Monday, April 23, 2012

Green Noodles (almost)

Growing up, we spent a lot of time at my Nonie’s house. She was the most old fashioned person I have ever known. She had an old wash machine that I believe had a crank for the rinse cycle and you had to run each item through. I would never do laundry if I had that washer, what a hassle. She also had the oldest lawn mower which was pretty much a metal wheel with blades. We spent a lot of time in her kitchen which had your basic old and sturdy items, like this pasta maker and rolling pin.
I’ve been thinking of making my own pasta for some odd reason and was happy to hear that my mom had the trusty, old “Altea Noodle Machine” complete with recipes and instructions that were of course in Italian first, English second.

I went with the Green Noodle. (wheat flour, spinach, eggs and oil)
(I do not know why these pictures are so small and can't figure out how to change it)
The best part of the recipe is it says “is specially good with just fried butter and a heaping serving of grated cheese.” What isn’t good with butter and cheese? Apparently, Europeans measure by weight instead of cups and I do not own a scale. I googled that approximately 3.5 cups was a pound but should’ve used more because Italians are generous when it comes to food.
Here's Kayla mixing the dough.
It looks doable so I put it through the machine but was wrong; it turned out to be a big pile of nasty green shit.
I should’ve started with the basic recipe. I was determined so I tried again and the end result was another green mess. I added flour and used a rolling pin to thin out the dough but eventually figured out how to get the right texture though the machine.
Run it though. Switch the handle to the fat noodle. Run it through again. Switch the handle back to flat. Make another batch. Switching the handle was the most frustrating part. Ava did a great job cranking the machine.
The recipe says serves four. This is how many noodles we had left even after cooking a batch for four.
I guess a serving size was bigger back then.
Eating with heaping amounts of butter and cheese. Yum.
Overall, this was not a major success and nothing like Nonie's. I will definately try this again with the basic dough and follow the directions exactly. I'm not sure if it was worth the effort since my end result was not as great as I hoped. They tasted great but looked awful. I blame the spinach for everything. I froze the rest after they hardened.


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