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Wednesday 6 November 2013

I'm gonna pop some tags, only got 20 dollars in ma pocket....

Helllloooooo everyone. Has it really been over a month since MoFo ended?  October was a really busy month, ending with a fantastic holiday. I spent a glorious week in Ölüdeniz in Turkey and totally fell in love with the place, the weather and the people .... but not so much the food. 

The food was ok, don't get me wrong, but it's a fairly meat-centric (kebab) food scene out there. So I ate a lot of vegetable shish!  But I did have some lovely food too.  However, I am a massive numpty and didn't realise until I was half way to the airport, that I had left my phone at home. So no food pics.  To make up for this, I'm going to recreate some of the better things I ate when I was there and veganise some Turkish food and do a post or 2, at some point in the future.

Anyway, this past weekend I got it into my head that I needed to make fresh pasta, as it's something I'd never done before.  I was hoping to find a second hand cheapo pasta machine in a charity shop (mainly so I could use this song as inspiration for the post title - I'm using it anyway because I can't think of anything funny and pasta related!). I had no luck though and I'm impatient, so I went into TK Maxx and bought a Jamie Oliver one for £25, which I thought was pretty good.

Everybody - meet Jamie.... Jamie - meet everybody.  Charmed and all that. 
Moving on.

I haven't quite got this pasta recipe right yet and my filling was pretty predictable (tofu ricotta & spinach), so once I've perfected it I'll post a follow up and a recipe. I'm pretty sure I can come up with a more inspired filling! haha.

Also, I think that rolling the dough out all the way to the lowest setting made it too thin.  The pasta was soooo delicate and I think it needed to be a wee bit thicker, so next time I will stop on 3 or 2.

Doesn't look that great in this pic does it. Looks kinda like a bowl of brains. BRAAAIIINNZZZZ!


I added some pan-fried pieces of Cauldron's new Italian Tofu as well for a bit of extra tofuiness.  Yes that is a word.  (I can't find this on Cauldron's website, which is weird, otherwise I'd link to it! I swear I didn't make it up!)

I also made tagliatelle, which is super easy because this machine has a cutter for this.  Unfortunately I have no pic of the dinner I made with it because I overcooked it and it was proper mooshy!  It really only does need about a minute in the water, not 3! But here's a pic of the uncooked pasta!

"I wear your granddad's clothes, I look incredible, I'm in this big ass coat, from the thrift shop down the road!"

ehhheheh, good luck gettin' that out your head!

Hope you're all having an excellent week & happy humpday.



  1. I tried to listen to the song whilst I read your post but it made me angry in about 15 seconds so I had to quit it! Your pasta looks amazing, you have all the skills!

  2. How awesome! Now I want a pasta machine too. You just can't beat a good TK/TJ Maxx deal.

    I always mushify the hell out of my homemade pasta. When I first check it for doneness it's not quite done yet, and when I check ONE minute later it's a big pile of sticky goo.

  3. Hello Sal, I have a similar pasta maker and my pasta always turned to mush whenever I made it until I tried adding linseed. I also bought pasta flour (which probably helped too, rather than using regular plain flour) and then made the pasta dough with a heap of flour, pinch of salt, a heaped tablespoon or so of ground linseed and then add enough water to make dough. Believe me the texture of this is totally perfect. It has a wholemeal appearance because of the linseed but it tastes like I remember fresh egg pasta tasting.

    1. good tip, thank you I'll try that. I used 00 flour rather than semolina that I saw someone use on youtube. It's fun enough that I want to try again though.

  4. Homemade pasta? That's awesome! Looks great dude.
    I'm so jealous you went to Turkey!! Take me next timeee.


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