I haven't even finished replies to everyones comments but I will today and tomorrow I hope!
A couple of weeks ago we had Vicky teach us how to make pasta from scratch and with no special equipment at all. This week Rachel shows us how she makes Ravioli. A picture tells a thousand words I think!
Each new skill we learn means we have more options from a few basic pantry ingredients! Many times this results in less things to buy. Also with menu planning it means we have more meals on the list that we can make!
Over to Rachel:
I had some thick cream to use up, soooo .... I used it in place of ricotta, with homegrown parsley and an egg, as a ravioli filling!
This is my simplest bush pasta - just flour and water.
Once the water is boiling, the ravioli go in, and, just a few minutes later, the ravioli float to the top! They are ready!!
This is my quick, stick-to-the-ribs meal at the end of a tiring day!! The scrappy bits are for the dog!!
For a lover of pasta, the dried shop type just can't cook quickly enough!! Apart from the storage space difference, I like to make simple, fresh pasta (although I am no expert!) because the cooking time, and energy required, is so low. Besides, fresh pasta is entirely different to the other!
That's my little story!
The recipe photographed is from Rachel's husbands Mum's recipe book!
Thank you so much Rachel. I think recipes like these show how just a few very simple things can make a beautiful meal.
After the tradesmen are gone and my floor is finished I will be re setting up my kitchen and dining area. I will have my spice cabinet and another small cabinet that will house my baking dishes. My whole kitchen is going back together in a new way, with my "Laine baking centre" and ready for serious cooking.
Then I will be making pasta as Vicky showed us and making Ravioli as Rachel has shown!
My menu planning has me now at 23 meals ahead. This made last week one where I only needed milk and later I needed some veggies. I found five dinners worth of major bargains that kept my protein at under $2 a meal. Absolutely amazing.
This week is much the same. I already cooked a lot of spaghetti sauce over the weekend. I really need nothing except some salad items. Not even milk! So I am just looking for major deals. It is exciting to see what I might find! I will go to one supermarket this afternoon as I will be next door paying a bill. This is kind of funny as I didn't even realise HOW grocery shopping could be so different! With little I need I will pick up a dozen tins of tomatoes that I know they have on a huge special. This is all helping me build up my pantry so much. The pantry in the hallway haha!
Have a good week! xxx