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Bugs



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 05 3:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

My pasta recipe book has recipes for sweet pasta. Not sure I fancy it much but wondered if anyone had tried it?

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 05 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might have known waitrose would have some. Still getting the odd ocado, as the box people don't do much in the way of dog food - about the only thing I can't get though - other odds and sods as well, so I'm down to once a fortnight. If I was more organised, probably once a month would be ok. I tend to use it for stuff I forget, rather than stuff I can't get.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my 00 flour was from Tesco's -Mc'Dougals brand.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
Otherwise, hmm, I think I've seen it in the independent health food shop but not Holland and Barratt


Odd, that's the only place around hear I know I can get it. Dove's 1Kg Organic bag. Think I've seen it at Tesco too, but I don't want to go there.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 05 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry meant to ask this earlier but keep forgetting (I've got a terrible memory at the moment, seem to spend my time on here typing that I'd seen such and such somewhere but I've forgotten now who said what or why), once you've made your pasta and got too much to eat for tea what do you do with the rest? Can it be frozen or dried and how do you store it if it can be? As I live on my own adn don't have hordes of kids or OHs to feed (soon) I'd prefer to be able to use the left overs I can't manage (not even I can eat that much pasta in one day ) rather than waste them. Is that possible or should I stick to shop bought?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can freeze it. I'm not sure whether you can get it dry enough for long-term storage.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moogie wrote:
Sorry meant to ask this earlier but keep forgetting (I've got a terrible memory at the moment, seem to spend my time on here typing that I'd seen such and such somewhere but I've forgotten now who said what or why), once you've made your pasta and got too much to eat for tea what do you do with the rest? Can it be frozen or dried and how do you store it if it can be? As I live on my own adn don't have hordes of kids or OHs to feed (soon) I'd prefer to be able to use the left overs I can't manage (not even I can eat that much pasta in one day ) rather than waste them. Is that possible or should I stick to shop bought?


If its been cooked fairly plain, I may reheat it in a sauce. But on the whole whilst I would agree that real home made pasta is a cut above shop bought, when I am buying dried I buy the cheap stuff and resuing this is taking parsimony to an extreme level!

ANyone else find that there is little difference between brands unless you are eating it the plainest of plain fashions?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

[quote="jema"] when I am buying dried I buy the cheap stuff and resuing this is taking parsimony to an extreme level!

had to look at what parsimony was. My brain isn't working this morning after long night of insomnia but my parsimony won't stretch to that either . IMHO (told you'd I get it in somewhere!!) if you're not making fresh then most dried pasta seems to taste about the same to me, there really doesn't seem much difference in the quality. But thats not to say there isn't just that mytaste buds can't detect it much. I prefer fresh which is why I asked about storage.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just remembered that I've made double lasagne with home made pasta, and frozen a portion for two and reheated that quite merrily. Very convenient too.

twoscoops



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It freezes fine. we don't bother any more as the hens go wild for it. I only really buy Tesco own brand pasta, which is actually very good. Most of it is under 1.00 per kilo.

Ask me again in about six months and I'll be telling a different story, with any luck.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What's the difference between pasta and noodles (and can you make noodles!?)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 05 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I found organic pasta flour in Asda today, it was a brand called Doves and it only cost 78p a kilo.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 05 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Made pasta yesterday. It was a bit time consuming, but very enjoyable (perhaps I will make it in advance in future though!) I used 300g of flour and three eggs, and it easily made enough for me to freeze two helpings. In future I think I'll make 500g and divide it into four, and that will do us for a month. I did freeze some, but was too lazy to dry it yesterday, so that's an experiment for another day.

It was much more tasty that the dried stuff - even himself noticed (despite being grumpy that dinner wasn't till 9)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 05 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
What's the difference between pasta and noodles (and can you make noodles!?)


Here is a noddle recipe:

http://www.preparedpantry.com/chickensoupweggnoodles.htm

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 05 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look very similar - just add a bit of water and some salt and oil. Migth give it a go (although I'm more tempted by beetroot or spinach pasta)

What's the english version of all-purpose flour? I would imagine its plain, but does anyone know for sure?

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