Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weekend Recap @ Home in the Kitchen

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This weekend has been one at home, and mostly in the kitchen. I had a lot of class assignments to do so I set my computer and textbooks up on the dining room table, alternating between homework and cooking. Being in the kitchen at least gave me a sense of having a weekend and doing something for myself instead of just being a slave to college this week. S's brother came to visit, so it was nice to have someone to keep S company while I devoted my weekend to assignments, and it was also nice to cook for someone else, which I always love doing. 
This weekend since I had time at home I set up my new KitchenAid mixer pasta cutter attachment and got to work. I've made raviolis before with a friend so I knew it took some time. I spent most of my afternoon alternating cutting 10 noodles and writing a few paragraphs. In the end, it was so worth it. To me, there is always so much love inside homemade pasta, it always tastes ten times better. 
I didn't want to drown my fresh noodles in tomato sauce, so I opted for carbonara so that we could really taste the semolina flour in the dough. It was delicious, and of course heavy! I always find that when I eat fresh pasta I am always satisfied with smaller portions. My favorite addition to pasta a la carbonara is cracked black pepper; I always add a lot because I love the peppery flavor with smoked bacon and the egg sauce. 
In the first photo is a snack I made with the extra pasta dough. I mixed nearly too much semolina flour for the pasta, so instead of making more noodles, I rolled it out on our pizza stone extremely thin. I brushed it with some thick olive oil, cracked black pepper, sharp provolone cheese, and some arugula to make a flatbread. It was our snack as I continued rolling out pasta noodles in the afternoon. 
And, of course, I started this weekend of cuisine with homemade waffles. I made a decent size batch in order to put the extra in the freezer - homemade frozen waffles. I like my waffle batter to be extremely milky (I use almond milk) and with a teaspoon full of vanilla extract. It's like dessert for breakfast. I think next time I will still use the almond milk, and instead of vanilla extract, I'll use almond extract. And since I'm not crazy about syrup, I put Nutella on my waffles instead. It was a wonderful weekend of sweet and savory to balance out the workload that I had.
Adieu, Yelle 

15 comments :

  1. Mmmmmmm.... Since you're cooking, I'm coming over to your house. ;)

    Cooking really is a great distraction from studying when you need one.

    I've never thought to freeze homemade waffles before. I'm definitely gonna start doing that.

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  2. great idea to make flatbread with leftover pasta dough--you are right that making fresh pasta is a time commitment, but definitely a cathartic process along the way. good luck with school work!

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  3. wow! I am impressed. I am afraid to tackle homemade pasta, but you have inspired me to try. I have the pasta attachment for my kitchen aid gathering dust in my pantry. And those waffles! I never thought of freezing them but of course it makes sense!

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  4. Sounds like the yummiest weekend ever!

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  5. wow, that is dedication! but you're right, homemade is soooo worth it. cracked pepper is the best! you are quite the chef :) yay for a weekend full of good food! we, too, made a pasta dish (although much less complicated...and not homemade...but you get the idea ;)

    xo,
    kristyn

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  6. ah! you always make me miss the wheat products! why oh why do i have to have this silly gluten intolerance?! this food looks so amazing, i think i can actually taste it through the screen. what i need to do is get a pasta maker myself and figure out some yummy g-f recipes. ...if you ever run across any... xo

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  7. Oh I want to try making my own pasta one day! That seems so fun :) I also make my waffles with almond milk. I almost always use almond milk when I do any type of baking.

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  8. oh homemade pasta sounds nice! I like to put peanut butter on waffles sometimes.

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  9. I agree with Christine, I hardly ever eat wheat but this post has me drooling!! You seem like the most wonderful host! <3

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  10. I have to try and make a flatbread and Ooooo I recently went to a demo on how to make raviolis so I'm saving up for that kitchaid pasta attachment! Your pasta looks super yummy!!

    Ergo - Blog

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  11. Homemade pasta sounds delicious, but holy cow so much work! Love homemade waffles too :) Now you've got my mouth watering lol

    Thank you so much for linking up with the GFC Collective this week! Stopped by to return the favor, now following :)

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  12. Oh this all looks way too good :)

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  13. ooh that all looks sssooo yummy! it's only 8:30 in the morning but man i want a bowl of pasta now!

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