I've fancied making my own pasta for a while now. They make it look so easy on Masterchef I thought I would give it a go. The secret to this is making sure you have a good dough and then feeding it through the machine becomes a dream.
I am still in the process at just trying different recipes at the moment. I started with just a basic dough but now I'm thinking of experimenting with an egg pasta to see what the difference is. I also have got to try and make a gluten free dough which may be tricky but I thought I'd try with the gluten variety first for the kids to eat and to get that right before moving onto gluten free.
Anyway I did produce some satisfactory tagliatelle here and I'm quite proud for my first attempt. I purchased this machine from Lakeland, well I used a voucher I received as a present for Christmas so Merry Christmas Sue from the Brew. It has a retail price of £26.99 and makes lasagne, tagliatelle. spaghetti and linguine so a nice choice of the most popular varieties and my favourites. It clamps onto the kitchen surface allowing you to roll out loads of pasta without it all falling on the floor.
There are eight thickness settings on the roller and then you have your three other pasta cutters. It is very sturdy and lovely to use and I'm really surprised how easy it is to just mix the ingredients and pass it through the machine resulting in professional fresh pasta. Cooking time is quicker as it only takes three minutes to cook fresh pasta and frankly it is as quick as if you were preparing mashed potato, by the time you have peeled, boiled and then mashed you can make pasta.
I know what you're saying and I do realise you can buy dried pasta and just chuck it in boiling water, job done but where is the excitement in that and fresh pasta taste so much nicer. You can also experiment with different flavoured pasta, add pesto or other ingredients to make it more exciting.
I love this and I think it definitely will get used, I'm determined not to let it sit in the cupboard unused so I'm hoping everyone fancies pasta for the next few months at least.
Now I completely forgot to give a teapot rating to my product last week so I have remembered this week, it's a new feature so bear with me. I'm impressed by the quality of the product and the easiness of using it, the actual dough is up to me so I'm giving this pasta machine a:
Another five star product so I can definitely recommend this. You can find it on the Lakeland website here at:
Thank you for reading today, join tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday but for now.......
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.