When the mother of a soon to be 13 year old boy asked me to provide a pasta lesson for her son as his birthday present, I was a little concerned he may not have been as excited as I was!! I love imparting the tips and tricks I have had the pleasure of learning throughout my time in Italy, however when a boy turns 13 he may very well be focussed on other things!! But, I headed down to Nosh in Mt Eden and set up the SMEG kitchen, ready for the onslaught of testosterone!
The enjoyment of teaching children has never to this moment been crushed with a disappointment and last weekend’s birthday class was no exception. Armed with a brand new shiny pasta machine, Mum, a big sister and 3 mates, my dutiful student came with the perfect amount of enthusiasm and determination. And I can tell you that several bowls of spaghetti, tagliatelle and ravioli later………we were all pretty chuffed!!
Pasta is fun, engaging, and the perfect dish to teach a bunch of boys. With flour everywhere, dough expanding through the machine, olive oil and parmesan ready for tossing – what more could be desired. It’s a reminder to take those other devises away for a while, and get some kids together, making, creating, learning and discussing. Give them a huge bowl of something to eat at the end and it is heaven!!
Aside, from popping the basic recipe on here, I am going to let the photos tell the story!
2 medium eggs
4 medium eggs, yolks only
For the pasta dough, put all the pasta ingredients into a food processor and blend until they come together into a ball. Or merge by hand. Knead and set aside. Use a pasta machine to work the dough and create your pasta!