Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Hmmm, that was debatable today.

Darren has been hounding me to make ravioli for probably 6 months or more (since we got the pasta machine actually). So today to get my mind off of other matters, I decided to make it for dinner tonight.

I went to our local kitchen store and purchased one of these nifty moulds

and started with the pasta machine. I don't have a love for this little machine, I just can't seem to get it to work and instead of making pasta in minutes, it's hours for me, hence why I haven't made the ravioli before today.
Do you like my clean workspace?

So after about 2 hours (I kid you not!) It was time to prepare some filling and try out my nifty new purchase, well lets just say the first attempt was a complete disaster and after much scraping, it all went in the chook bucket. You see, not having my mind on the job, I put warm mixture into the pasta which of course made the pasta stick to the metal ahhhhhh.

Second try worked better, infact I managed to make the rest up quite easily but then ran out of time to make my pumpkin and fetta filling as I don't eat meat, looks like it's a vegemite sandwich for dinner.

Total time taken to make dinner, 4 hours. Yes you read it right, 4 hours and I haven't made the sauce yet.

Will I attempt to make this again? Yes, because I really need to work that pasta maker out.
Was it theraputic? Actually yes, I had P!NK and Glee blaring from the ipod dock and with the cooking, it did take my mind off of things.


  1. I have the same love/hate relationship with my pasta machine. I love homemade pasta but hate making it! Lol!
    I find it is really back breaking work, rolling out all that dough and usually a 2 person job. The last time I tried making ravioli, my dough was too soft and I ended up with chicken & ricotta filling floating to the top of the pot and goopy pasta blobs. Not happy, Jan! I have had success with fettucine before but it's not something you can just knock up at 4pm on a weekday. I mayjust have to drag out the machine again and have another go....ooh, and I like the look of the ravioli machine too.

    Cheers - Joolz

  2. I just refuse to make pasta, much as I love it and enjoy cooking, so your four hour effort has me in awe!

  3. Hooray! You found a raviolamp. Our first few tries were much like yours and it took some getting used to using enough flour - verging on too much, to stop the pasta sticking to the mold. It DOES get easier, and you WILL get quicker at it. Don't give up, homemade pasta is just soo much better than bought :) Great job for your first go at ravioli!

  4. What a delightful post! I see I am not alone in taking hour upon hour to make dinner and then not eating it myself ... lol! I am glad to see that I am not the only one who has such culinary experiences :)

    Just this morning I was thinking about the vast number of hours I spend around food. I need to make peace with this aspect of living. Food takes time and I'm a bit resentful of that fact.

    I have never made my own pasta by the way. I have been thinking about it, but it is not on the top of my list :)


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