Homemade PastaHaving watched a program called Simply Italian on channel 4 we decided to give making our own homemade pasta a go. It was surprisingly easy although next time I need to make them a little bit thinner.
The link for the recipe is :-
Our raw pasta bows.
Cooked with basil pesto and parmesan - delicious.
We also had a mexican dinner with tacos and guacamole etc. Looking for something new to add we decided to make a mexicana salad.
1 tin red kidney beans drained and boiled for 3 minutes
500g sweet potato diced and boiled until tender.
1 red onion diced
1 green pepper diced
2-3 tomatoes , diced
a handful of basil leaves chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all the ingredients and dress with the salad dressing. Very delicious and went very well with the tacos, guacamole and sour cream.
Having watched The Great British Bake-Off on BBC 1 a few weeks back and seeing them make bagels we decided to challenge ourselves and see if we could do it.
Using our bread maker we made a dough with:-
1 cup water - tepid
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups of breadflour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast.
When the dough was made we divided it into 10 bits and rolled them into sausages about 20 cm long. Then you join the ends to make a ring, making sure the join is pinched together to seal. Place them on a greased tray and over with cling film and leave to prove for 20-25 minutes.
When they have proved , bring a large pot of water to the boil and add 20g caster sugar to it. When boiling gently place the bagels in the water about 2 or 3 at a time and cook them for about 1 or 2 minutes turning them gently half way through. Gently lift out with a slotted spoon and drain off excess water then placed back on the baking tray. Glaze with egg yolk mixed with a little water.
Bake them in a preheated oven ( 200 degress celsius) for 15-20 minutes till golden . Transfer to a rack when cooked and leave to cool.
This is the end result.
Lunch - a tuna, sweetcorn and guacamole bagel.