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Fresh Pasta

23 Apr

Pasta!!!! For those who thought fresh pasta was not as good as the prepackaged pasta….I am happy to say you are wrong. Nothing beats fresh pasta made at home. While it may be tiring using a old fashion pasta machine to grind out pasta but the end is highly worth while. My arm fell off already. 🙂 The trick is start from the widest setting 0 and work down to the narrowest setting like a 6 or 7 on the pasta machine.

To make the pasta, first start with flour and make a well to incorporate the eggs. Knead the flour and egg mixture until gluten forms and add some olive oil. At the beginning not all flour will adhere to the ball of flour but not to worry eventually it will. Keep kneading until it becomes smooth and gluteny. The pasta machine comes next. You could split the dough in half first thereby reducing the grinding time and energy it takes. The hardest setting was 0 and the dough is also the lumpiest; however once you get into 1 or 2 the dough becomes more pliable and smooth. Fatigue becomes joy once you hit 4 to 5 setting as the dough becomes thinner and smoother in appearance.

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Once the dough is thin enough then you use the setting for fettucini or other pasta. For me this happened at 7. As the dough thins down, the dough will become longer so keep this in mind. In the pasta goes and Voila!!!

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Cook the pasta to al dente. If you have extra pasta and would like to keep it longer toss it in some flour.

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Ingredients (Adapted from here)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yolk, for egg wash

Happy Pasta Making!!!!

Beauty and Happiness

16 Nov

Its been quite a while I approached the subject as it was a touchy subject and often based on an individual’s perception or projection.  Having listened  to stories of individuals stemming from a few years and it impacted on how I perceived beauty and happiness down my journey.  Everyone deserves happiness and beauty in their life am I not right?  But it is how you see and appreciate it.

Some of my friends faced obstacles from ranging from single motherhood, depression, to torn up families and bullying etc.  Everyone had a story of their own; ultimately it was our decision on how we resolved it.  I witnessed friends who break down, become resentful and spiteful over their experience while others ruminate about their experiences until it became an obsession.   To them life was ugly and they were unhappy.  Then again, there was the retort, what about the terminally ill patients, patients requiring palliative care, paraplegics or individuals born with defects?  Do they go about their lives blaming people?   Despite their trials and challenges, they showed tenacity, grit and motivation to live life to the fullest with purpose and dignity; they were happy.  An example would Rick Hansen or Terry Fox.

I recently experienced events in the past month that have made me question on how I see life, beauty and happiness.  I too had gone through strife until I realized that I was building up negative energy.  As I pulled out of this vicious cycle, I remembered a  quote given to me by a older gentleman I met on trip down to San Franciso and Grand Canyon.  He said, “if you given a choice to live life happily or sad, why not live it happily. ” ” Life was beautiful it depends on how you saw it.”  So true.  Beauty’s seen in the most miniscule things like a lady bug gracefully tip toeing on a brilliant daisy in bloom underneath a turquoise blue sky or the fields of purple flowers dancing in the wind in Gary Point Park in Steveston whilst kites playfully zoom about the clear blue sky.  On a larger scale, it could be just two people taking a relaxing stroll peacefully through Stanley Park in brightly light parkway in Autumn absorbed in their own soft chatter and soaking in the crisp clean air.  Happiness, seeing a mother on Commercial Drive the other day with her 2 year old daughter and seeing the infant run around gleefully in the store stopping only for curiosity and peering at her mother for support.   Happiness was being content with who I am and what I have.

Tomorrow will be the Church function, but in preparation for the busy day ahead, I decided to make some pasta with meat sauce and mushrooms.  I have always liked the savory texture of parmesan crips thus decided to recreate it.  As a topping , roasted some pine nuts.

I leave this quote:
If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page
     – Mark Houlahan –

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