Today was a brutal day at work. I believe the only thing that got me through it was the fact that there was a bottle of beautiful dark wine in the fridge, beckoning for me to come home. I could almost hear it calling my name….Never mind, that was my children asking me when I would be home to cook dinner. Now that I was awoken from my daydream it was time for me to go home and get to cooking.
When I arrived home I had to get going on the ingredients quick. I was really in the mood for pasta and the sauce tends to take a little while. After pulling the wine out of the fridge, I had to remind myself what I got in there for. I really needed tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and onions. Whenever I make pasta sauce I wrestle with the dilemma that I…
My dietitian put me on a low FODMAP diet. This means, no gluten, no lactose, and no to a bunch of other stuff I absolutely love. (I can have hard cheeses though, go figure). I started this restrictive dietary process last Saturday. And what do I crave immediately? Pasta!
My kids did something shocking tonight, they helped in the kitchen without arguing! For 30 glorious minutes, they worked together effortlessly to create magic in the kitchen. Too bad the cohesiveness didn’t carry over after dinner. It’s okay, this post will serve as evidence that they occasionally get along.
I spent most of my day off with episodes of Kitchen Nightmares playing in the background. Nothing makes me happier than hearing Gordon Ramsay yelling at a restaurateur. During one of the episodes my 12-year-old son announces that it is his dream to own a restaurant and have Gordon Ramsay come in and yell at him. I guess we all have our ambitions.
During this marathon, I am motivated to do something I have never done, make ravioli from scratch. Yep, I am attempting something I have never done before. This is going to get messy. I don’t mean a little messy, I mean catastrophic kitchen debauchery, I will destroy it before the day is over.
Okay, I didn’t destroy it, but I came close. In pasta making apparently, you need to make a well in the flour and add egg. The first time I attempted this I had a breach in the well and egg went everywhere! It was a nightmare. There I was at my table slowly trying to mix in the flour when I pushed the fork down a little too far. Instead of gracefully mixing in the flour, I was chasing whisked eggs across the table with flour and my arm. Needless to say, it was a disaster. The second attempt at this went much smoother.
In the end, the pasta turned out pretty good. I surprised myself, for a moment, I allowed myself to daydream that I could have my own restaurant. Then, the daydream was interrupted by Gordon Ramsey yelling at some restaurant owner who can’t keep their kitchen clean.
As I looked around my kitchen, I noticed seasoning on the stove, dishes on the counter, and worst of all, flour all over myself. I even had flour on my neck of all places. Gordon Ramsay would have a field day after visiting my kitchen, but even with all the mess and time it took, the meal was worth the wait! I was pleased with the way it turned out!
After my pasta was complete, I made a simple butter sauce to drizzle over it so I would not distract from the taste of the pasta. Below I will post what I used for the pasta and filling.
For the Pasta:
2 cups flour
Pour the flour straight onto the counter or table (make sure that sh*t is clean)
Make a well in the flour
Whisk the eggs into a bowl, then pour into the well
With a fork, slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs, eventually using your hands to combine the rest.
Knead the dough until all the dough is a little wet, then wrap in clear wrap. Let rest for 30 min.
When the dough is finished resting, flatten with a rolling pin or pasta maker. Make sure to roll it as thin as you can.
Cut the dough in half and add about a tsp. of filling every inch and a half.
For the Filling:
10 oz of fresh spinach
1 tbsp of minced garlic
salt to taste
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese.
Boil the spinach for a few min until tender
Wring as much water out of the spinach, chop, and add to mixing bowl.
Mix in ricotta, parmesan, garlic, and salt
After everything is mixed put the filling onto the rolled out dough (on one half that you cut). Put the other half over the top and press out as much air as possible. Using a pastry crimp or ravioli stamp, shape out the ravioli the way you want. Make sure the ends are pressed together tightly. Add the fresh ravioli into boiling water for about three minutes. I served my pasta with a butter olive oil sauce (infused with basil and garlic).
I am super excited about tonight because it is DATE NIGHT! Yep, my husband and I still go out on dates after 15 years of marriage (which we celebrated on July 4th). Tonight we are making it simple; Chick-Fil-A, and Spiderman homecoming. We are both even wearing Spiderman shirts to the movie. How. Freaking. Cute. Is. That?!
Part of my excitement is also due to the fact that I made my first apple crisp a couple of days ago! I did make a couple of errors though. First I did not peel the apples. This is something I will make sure to do since it made cutting through the apple slices a bit of a challenge. It was also a little sweet for my liking, but the family approved.
I added lemon to the recipe along with a whole cup of sugar, forgetting that lemon brings out the flavor of everything, especially sugar. I think next time I make this I will reduce the white sugar to only 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Regardless, I am going to post the recipe I used, and you can make it your own.
For the recipe; I used 5 apples, 1 cup white sugar, *update; 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of flour, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup juice of one lemon, 1 cup quick oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 2/3 cup melted butter.
I started out by slicing the apples (I recommend peeling them as well) and putting them in the pie pan. I then added the white sugar, 2 tbsp flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and lemon. Now set that aside and in a mixing bowl put together your quick oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, and melted butter. After that Is all mixed in crumble it evenly over the top of the apples. Bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
When it was finished cooking I let it cool for 50 minutes. I like to serve mine with vanilla ice cream, there nothing better than warm apples served with ice cream.
My husband is heading home from work now, and I have demanded that when he gets here, we are to take a corny couples selfie. After photos, I am off to eat dinner and enjoy a stress-free night of movie watching. Have any of you watched the premiere of Spiderman homecoming? How did you like it?
For the Filling:
5 apples peeled, cored, and sliced
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup juice of one lemon
Slice apples and place into the pie pan
In a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, mix together
Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples
pour the water and juice of one lemon over the apples and set the filling aside
For the Topping:
1 cup flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 to 1/2 stick melted butter (the mixture should be slightly wet)
Mix together flour, brown sugar, quick oats, baking powder, and baking soda
Add melted butter and mix in
After topping is all mixed together, spread evenly over filling. Bake apple crisp at 350 for 45 minutes. After removing from oven let cook for 45 min to an hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
After I finished my last blog post, I couldn’t get my writing flow back. I attempted to do the next one with the recipe I put together. I started to write it, a few times, but it was pretty stinking boring. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do, get caught up in a Pretty Little Liars marathon and finish off the series. I curled up on the couch with my plush blanket, a warm cup of tea, and a thunderstorm brewing outside. It was actually pretty perfect, I could not have planned a better evening.
Now I am sitting up in my bed, listening to the thunder rumble, and wondering what I am going to do without the drama of five women who don’t know how to defend themselves? I will find another show to get lost in but until then, I will write.
So, I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a recipe from just an ingredients list. If you didn’t get a chance to read my last post, I was reading my book and the main character mentioned a list of ingredients she was going to put together. It sounded so good, I just had to make it.