For about a year I've been telling myself that any day now I'm going to try making my own pasta. I've read some recipes and tips, and the other day I saw a blog about ravioli, and I decided that I NEED TO EAT THAT RIGHT NOW. The writer claimed that even though you can get all fancy with your ingredients, it also works just fine to use plain old all-purpose flour and an egg, so I took her word for it and got ready to experiment!
Without even explaining the whole process, let me just tell you all of the things that went wrong:
- I got my fingers too wet too fast when I tried to mix the egg with the flour. It got seriously goopy and problematic. I had to keep going with only one hand just so that I could use a rubber scraper with the other hand to keep un-gunking the eggy hand.
- My egg must have been smaller than the egg used by the recipe writer. Either that or my flour was a LOT more packed into that measuring cup. It took some serious effort to get the majority of the flour worked into the dough, and even then I didn't manage to get all of it in. The dough never really got smooth, and it was impossible to roll it as thin as I was supposed to.
- The recipe for the filling was really messed up-- 1/2 an onion and only 2 tbsp cheese? That makes no sense. I decided it was supposed to be 2 tbsp per ravioli (it was supposed to make 3) but I still decided to only use 1/3 of an onion, and once I'd cooked them it still looked like too much so I only used half of that.
- I should have rolled the dough thinner (I tried!)
- I've never even cooked commercially-made ravioli before, so I had no idea how long it should take or how I'd know if it was done
- One ravioli started leaking, so the water was all cloudy with cheese and onions within the first 2 minutes of cooking them.
- Definitely should have used even fewer onions, and WAY MORE seasoning for the filling.
- Actually, I should have put the meat inside with the cheese and just put plain sauce on top.
- Even the pasta itself tasted bland. Is that possible?
- I also should have known that that was a lot more like two servings...and I have a pretty massive appetite.
I love my volcano! Particularly the egg white that's coming to attack the camera.