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Emily Davidson - Making Pasta

On the holidays I learnt how to make pasta from scratch with my Aunty Carey. The recipe is quite basic, with only a few ingredients, but the whole process is very time-consuming. First you have to mix together the dry ingredients and then slowly add the wet ingredients, making sure not to add too much and make the dough too sticky. Then you have to rest the dough for about two or three hours, so it rises. The next step is the most tiring, you have to knead the dough for ages, pushing it onto the board and folding it over. My arms got so sore.

The next step was winding the dough through the rolling part of the pasta machine. It was quite difficult winding with one hand and pushing the dough gently through the rollers with the other, without squashing my fingers. You have to roll the sheet of pasta at least 8 times before you wind it through the cutting part to make the pasta into spaghetti or fettuccini or ravioli. We decided to make spaghetti. I wound the handle then lay the spaghetti strands on the dining table to dry. The table was covered. It had to dry overnight and then we cooked it up for lunch. It was very delicious, but a lot of work for one meal.

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Making pasta with Aunty Carey.

Putting the dough through the pasta machine.