Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pastime

My home internet was out for five days last week, which was a bit of a trial. But I did what I always do when I'm bored - I cooked. A lot. I made BBQ chicken pizza with my new pizza stone. I made poached eggs on toast and cucumber salad. I took my long-owned but never-used pasta roller for a spin with from-scratch fettuccine with sun-dried tomato cream sauce. I made a fallen chocolate cake and topped it with Bailey's ice cream. I made a giant mess in my kitchen.

Fruits of my labors
I learned things. I learned that smoked gouda on a pizza is definitely a good idea. I learned that this recipe for fallen chocolate cake is actually more of a pudding than I really had in mind, but it's tasty and I think gluten-free, for those of you who deal with that sort of thing. I learned that the cat is crazy for Bailey's ice cream. I learned that kneading very stiff pasta dough is an effective full-body workout; I expected a twinge or two in my arms the next morning, but my aching abs caught me by surprise. I learned that tiny Guinean eggs do not result in the same rich yellow final product I was used to in Italy, but it still turned out okay. I learned that setting 5 on my pasta roller is still a bit too thick for fettuccine.

I learned that I am not half bad at this whole cooking thing, but then, I knew that already.

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