No sewing got done this past weekend. My two daughters and my sister and I all spent a fabulous weekend together culminating in a whole day at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont learning all about hand making pastas from scratch. This was just the best girly time. It was spent with my favorite and oh so wonderful women doing our favorite things, learning, cooking, eating and shopping. Our chef/teacher Robin was very knowledgeable, fun and patient. The sauce we savored made with Black Trumpet mushrooms she herself foraged from the Vermont woods gained her rock star status. Above you can see my oldest daughter churning out what will become spinach fettucine.
Here is baby sis working on hers. We made raviolis, laminated pastas, fettucines including flavored variations, and capallettis. Hope I spelled that right! We had a meal of spinach pasta with a sauce made with heavy cream, nutmeg and the black trumpet mushrooms, simmered over an hour, incredible. We all took our work home each of us needing two provided boxes to house all the booty. Tonight I cooked up some more of the pastas with a simple garlic olive oil dressing. Hubby loved it and thought the texture was perfect. He's very fussy about his al dente. We learned how good texture depends on the blend of flours, not so much on boiling time.
This pic has moi and my youngest daughter . I'm cutting my spinach fettucine. In the pics you can see what a professional environment we were in, each with our stations all stocked with everything necessary. Another chef circulated answering our questions and checking our results, clearing and delivering any necessities. There were sixteen in the class aided by the two chefs. We learned SO MUCH. I can't stess that enough. It was clear everyone there was an experienced cook who loved the craft. This is not first time we've done this. A few years back we all went and took a class on baking sweet yeast breads. If you ever have the time or or plan to be in Vermont, this is a great way to spend a day, particularly with like minded individuals, be it friends or family. Hope you give it a try. The building is gorgeous, the restaurant all locally sourced and serving fabulous food and the education area and staff totally professional. It was great fun!
Since there is more fresh pasta in the freezer and I had the day off yesterday, I took some time between catch up house chores to make some bread. I love to cook almost as much as sewing! Back to sewing soon.......Bunny